I am willing to work with budgets to provide editing, mixing, mastering, songwriting, production, arrangement, and whatever else is needed to make your music sound great! I can also write, and record guitars, bass, and have plenty of experience programming drums and synths. Feel free to contact me to discuss a price on whatever your song needs!
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Interview with Matt Hodges
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Local artists right now. A pop - punk band, a hip hop artist, and an 80's indie pop project. More coming soon...
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their place in my workflow for several reasons!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to make this the most painless, and easiest process possible. Whether you like to be there for the ride, or let me work on my own, I assure you that you will be 100% happy with your music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing clients happy with, and releasing mixes!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A lot of clients tend to underestimate the power of a great mix/master, even if it's subtle changes to the original track.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Intentions? Influences? What does this song mean to you, and what is it about? (As long as its comfortable to discuss) I also like to know about their recording process, equipment, experience. Time - frame?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Elaborate on exactly what you want in your tracks, 100% of the time. Make sure your source files are the absolute best quality you can present. The sooner we start talking about the project, the better the final product will come out, as I'm more than happy to recommend some extra tracks (doubles/triples/harmonies/ etc...) that will make the process a lot easier for us both!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been recording as a hobby for about a decade, but for the past 2 or 3 years I've been all-in.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say my style kind of adapts to the song I'm working on, but I love making music sound BIG. It's also important to me to make the songs sound how they were intended to sound. While my tracks tend to sound big, I also make sure to keep the detail in tact.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone, and everyone. But its been one of my goals since I started, to work with artists from outside of the United States!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The majority of your work as a engineer/editor /mixer/etc... can be simplified down to problem solving. While adding some spice to a song is fun, flashy, and sometimes important, you'd be surprised at how often you can make a part work better with minimal processing and editing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I started out working on rock and metal, but now, more often than not, I find myself working on pop, and sometimes even hip hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say my strongest skills are creativity, attention to detail, and patience. Once I am committed to a project, I figure out what the client wants, and do everything I can to make it perfect.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a songwriter, I can be extremely creative (if needed) throughout every part of the process. But I also have the discipline to step back from the creative side, and just bring the clients vision to life! I pay very close attention to detail, and (within reason) I don't call the project "finished" until the client is completely happy.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Every project is vastly different, but I typically make sure the source is as perfect as it can be, and work my way up from there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Right now, my studio is in a converted room in my home, and is powered by Pro tools on an iMac. I do have some outboard gear if anyone is interested, but for remote work I typically work with most of the top tier plugins including: - Melodyne - Waves - IK Multimedia - Slate Digital -Fabfilter - Etc...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eric Valentine, Kris Crummett, Jens Bogren, The list goes on and on!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Normally, I start from rough ideas, or from scratch with clients, and cover everything along the way, until the mastered final product. However, lately I've been really happy doing remote editing/mixing/mastering for clients.