Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I am extremely proud of a collaborative song I created with my brother in which I produced the instrumental and he wrote the lyrics and performed the song in addition to guitar ad libs. The track was unique, had a great vibe, and sounded extremely professional and polished. It was also rewarding working with my brother on this track.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on two personal EPs, a collaborative blues/electronic EP, two other collaborative songs and a number of instrumentals which will be sold to artists.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I am new to SoundBetter and don't know many producers/artists on this platform.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital simply because I don't have much analog equipment on hand.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I will work hard to deliver everything they're looking for, that I will be very communicative, and that I will never accept a project that is over my head.
What do you like most about your job?
That I get to exercise my creativity. I get a rush of endorphins creating music that I am happy with.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Are you able to make it sound good? A: Yes.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A big misconception around music production, specifically in hip hop, is that we take ten minutes to make a beat. A good production takes several hours over several days and weeks to sound good.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are they looking to get out of this? Are there any tracks/artists with a similar sound to what they're seeking? Are there any unique aspects that should be kept in mind for this project? What mood/message are they trying to communicate with this track? What does their ideal final product look/sound like?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
It is better to communicate too much than too little to make sure the final product is as perfect as possible.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Midi keyboard, computer, microphone, headphones, and a power source.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been producing music for over seven years. I've been a drummer and bass guitarist for over a decade. I started out making beats for fun and it has blossomed from a hobby to a career.
How would you describe your style?
Alternative hip hop with popular rap/hip hop influences.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Robert Glasper, because I feel he is an amazing musician with very unique and pleasing chord voicings and a strong ear for creating pleasing melodies.
Can you share one music production tip?
Samples do not always have to be used in their original form.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip hop, R&B, and electronic.
What's your strongest skill?
Creating music that sends a strong mood/vibe to the listener.
What do you bring to a song?
Creativity and quality
What's your typical work process?
I approach music with a very open mind. Every song and every project has a slightly different workflow culminating in a high quality and compelling final product.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a home studio with professional recording equipment, several live instruments, midi keyboards, as well as professional studio monitors and headphones.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, DJ Premier, Nujabes, Galimatias
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Hip Hop production