AkZeNT

Record & Vocal Producer

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My name is Luis Juarez and I make music under the alias "AkZeNT". I have over 2500+ instrumentals made ranging from hip-hop, trap, rock, pop, and other genres. I love music with a burning passion and hope to give you the best of me to elevate your artistry! Mostly produced for friends and local artists.

From Spotify:

Born and raised Guatemalan producer, Chicago resident, and music enthusiast. AkZeNT mostly focuses on Trap/Hip-Hop production but does a little bit of everything. AkZeNT started making music in October 2016 after he got his hands on his first DAW software, FL Studio. His music takes inspiration from genres like: Boom-Bap Hip-Hop, Classical, Drum n' Bass, Riddim, Guatemalan folk, Reggaeton, Gospel, Hardstyle (EDM), and videogame/anime music.

The UNIVERSE album was one of AkZeNT's defining moments as a music producer as he crafted a conceptualized tracklist that was inspired by his own view of music, or in other words, his own "universe". With the collaboration of 4 other talented songwriters, "UNIVERSE" became a mix of Instrumentals and Rap/Hip-Hop songs which complimented each other as the album progresses. As his ambition for producing full albums became a reality, AkZeNT continues to explore and push his sound forward in a way that encapsulates different emotions, thoughts, and time intervals in his life. His recent releases Dystopian Distortion and "Self Care are a YingYang of feelings that emerged from COVID-19 quarantine time.

"AkZeNT" is derived from the word"accent" and it is pronounced the exact same. Spelling and alternating upper/lower case letters are purely for aesthetic

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with AkZeNT

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: UNIVERSE was my own album I released in 2019 for my 21st birthday. I wanted to create an album that had both beats and artists I had met and worked with before to create a different type of experience. I worked on the whole album for about 9 months getting vocals back, creating and finishing tracks, mixing, mastering, creating cover art, all of that. I was able to pull it off, and although it did not do as great in numbers, I can still listen to it today and know it sounds great (to me). It's a great feeling to pull off a big idea like that, and I am thankful to everyone involved in that project. Very special to me for sure.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Client albums and my third album. Lots of other stuff, but those are the main ones.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: No, but I would love to network with other musicians through here!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both I guess. I don't own any analog gear, but the flavor it adds is different than digital VSTs and all. Whatever allows the song to be good.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise to give you my best.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I like seeing people grow both as a person and artists. I love hearing "this is my favorite song now" after a project is finished because I know they gave it their all and I could help.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: "Can you make a _______ type beat?" Sure, I can. I will add my own twist, however.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I do not say things just to say it. While making music, I study the ins and outs of the music business and the charts. I try to share this knowledge with you with my words/feedback.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What are your goals for this project? Do you have a vision for your project/career? What makes you excited about this project? Are you willing to receive constructive feedback and act on it?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: I am here for those who want to grow together. An artist allowing me to share in their art is beautiful and I do not want to damage anything. However, I can and will provide you with the feedback I believe will benefit the music first and foremost. I want to squeeze your potential as an artist so we can both grow.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Tough. I think a good laptop, charger, Sennheiser 280 HD pro, headphone amp, and a good chair. Could probably make a desk out of big rocks!

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I am studying to be a structural engineer. I have been making music for 5 years, almost 6. Probably will continue to do this until I can't anymore. I love it too much.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Space. This is why to this date my UNIVERSE album is my Magnus Opus.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I would love to work with Young Nudy. His flows and energy on beats are incredible. If I were to name a bigger name it would have to be Bruno Mars. That would be a really fun studio session.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Be yourself.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Trap, Hip-hop, Rap, Pop. I can do a lot more, but this is what I have been working for the most with other artists.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Leadership. I can give you constructive criticism with extensive detail on how we can improve something. You should make music for yourself first, always. Yet, a different point of view can allow you to attack a problem from a different angle, and I am here to help you along the way.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Energy. My goal is to match your lyrics and bring out the best of them through the music.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I play around with my keyboard and come up with something I deem catchy. I sound design almost every track to stay true to myself and add some life to the music. I build up all available rhythms bit by bit while rapping or singing in my head to make sure there is still room for a performance. Arrange, mix and master afterward and do post-production when I get vocals back.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have Adam T5Vs, Sennheiser 280 HD Pro's, and used REAPER to record, mix, and master. Production is done through FL Studio.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Too many. I love the soul of 9thWonder's music and the bounce of J-Dilla for starters. Southside from 808 Mafia and Lex Luger got me into loving synths and aggressive trap drums. System of a Down and Slipknot helped me understand what pushes boundaries in sound. Quincy Jones inspired me to understand what a powerful musical phrase is. Videogame music allowed me to understand what it means to encapsulate a feeling. I could go on and on...but you get it. I take inspiration from everything and anyone I can.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I mostly focus on the instrumentals for a song, but I love working side-by-side with an artist in the recording process to provide direction or insight when needed. I am willing to be very hands-on in a project if you allow me to do so. When I vocal produce, I aim to use the tone of your voice as the main focus and bring your lyrics to life.

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