Gold-Selling music producer, Berklee College of Music graduate, versatile audio manipulator. Working in a multitude of genres, ARKTKT has the experience and know-how to take your project to the next level. Notable credits include; Fetty Wap, YBN: The Mixtape, YBN Almighty J, Bridget Kelly, Nikolija, !llmind, Timbaland and more.
ARKTKT (pronounced Architect) is both an alias and a fitting description for the meticulous manner in which New Jersey native, Jarred Barnes, constructs and manipulates sound.
A Berklee College graduate, Barnes’ academic tutelage is reflected tenfold in each one of his productions; rendering highly detailed compositions featuring self-sung vocals and keyboard solos that showcase a deep affinity for music theory as much as a love of innovative songwriting.
Full music production, beat-making, film scoring, session work on piano and bass guitar, mixing and mastering are among the many services offered by ARKTKT.
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Interview with ARKTKT
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm proud to have worked on the YBN: Mixtape, it landed me my first plaque and that was motivation to keep at it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on some more solo ARKTKT material, a remix for Sorza, some Albanian music, and some things I can't disclose just yet.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Riley Urick, he's the man and he's got that dope!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog Digital because it's the best of both worlds.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to give you something special.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that 'IT' moment in the studio, when the client hears their song in a new light.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How did you get your drums to smack so hard? Answer: Sausage Fattener
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception by far has to be that I'm only in this for the money lol.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals with the project? Where do you see yourself next year? What have you been listening to lately?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open to suggestions and trust the producer's ear. A different perspective can be priceless.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Apollo Twin UAD, Moog One, Roli Seaboard and a set of Barefoot Monitors.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: It all started with piano lessons. I've been a student of music for about 20 years now. I knew early on that I'd like to be a producer when I saw the music video for "Try Again" by Aaliyah. Timbaland had an unmistakable sound that I could identify at an early age; The Neptunes too. I attended Berklee College of Music from 2009-2013 and took my knowledge and love for the craft to the next level. Since then I've been grinding on the east coast and snagged a few placements and plaques along the way. I'm always down to learn and look forward to the next stages in my career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is edgy with a smooth finesse. Soulful but in a fresh way.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with Rosalia. Her approach to popular styles is dope and I feel as though we would vibe. Working with her would force me to step out of my comfort zone as well.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to be different.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-Hop and R&B because that's what I was raised on. But I always like to find different ways to flip it in a non-traditional sense.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My knowledge of musical theory and piano is my strongest skill, thanks to all those years of grinding at the conservatory.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I strive to bring a left-field perspective and flavor to songs. My goal is to find the element that pushes the song into the next dimension.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start with a progression on keys since that is my main instrument. Then I'll loop up some drums and start building around that. I get all my ideas out over a loop then I copy paste the loop over a few times then start to take things away. This helps me get the arrangement started. From there I'll vibe out and see where the track leads me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My setup is anywhere I open up my laptop and plug in a midi keyboard. But if I'm feeling home-sick, I'll head home and sync up my mac to the focusrite. I'm running Yamaha Hs8s along with Tannoy's for the bottom end and a subpac for the real bottom end. I usually start ideas on the keys, either my Alesis or if I'm feeling experimental, my Roli Seaboard.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kenny Beats' work ethic is inspiring. Flying Lotus continues to push the sonic envelope with every release.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for clients is music production. That includes providing beats or tracks for songwriters as well collaborating with other producers.