Iyashi means "healing" in the Japanese vernacular; we put this concept into every ounce of what we do here. After all, that's the power of music isn't it? Experienced session vocalist, guitarist, and bassist coupled with strong writing, production, and engineering skills.
- Songwriting (Lyrics as well as music)
- Session playing (Vocals, Guitar, and Bass)
- Drum Programming (Slate Drums)
- Sampling and Beat Making
- Session organization
- Editing (Vocal tuning, drum quantization, time alignment, etc.)
- Live Session Work (if local)
- Live Performance (if local)
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Interview with Iyashi
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing and writing for around 12 years. My production experience started to kick in when. I started college about 5 years ago.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a style that very much focuses on combing different things to create something cool and refreshing. I stated above that I feel that nothing is truly original, but I do think expounding on previously done concepts can serve to make something new.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I think working with BROCKHAMPTON would be the most fun for sure.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The source is everything. Be diligent and be perceptive of things when tracking or editing. The "fix it in post" mentality can only go so far, and why even spend that time later when you can just solve the issue now?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My most popular types of work are definitely pop and rock, or any combination of the two. However, I encourage anyone who wants to try something new and different to get in touch with me. I love working on all types of music, and I think my experiences with what I've done can be very helpful and create something very cool in a new musical endeavor or new client's style.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is definitely my ability to empathize and understand others' ideas. It's extremely important in this industry to be able to feel what others are saying and express what they hear in their brain into my playing OR writing OR production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a forward thinking attitude to songs in both writing and production. There is no such thing as "original" in my eyes, but I do think there are ways to really perk listeners' ears up that may be less conventional. At the end of the day, if you have a crazy idea, you'll never know if it's good or not until you try it. After playing many different styles of music at college, I also bring a versatility to your music that I think is unique. I just like to have fun, because in my experience, the way you feel during the process of making music can reflect into the music you make.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm doing the whole works, I start with writing a basic idea on guitar/keyboard and add vocal ideas (which then turn into lyrics.) I will then put a framework into Logic and start sprucing up from there. Once I get final takes of things like guitar and bass (with extremely fresh strings and the important decision of what pick to use), I will put vocals on the track. From there, transitions and samples are put in, and thus begins the mix process. I start with my drum production, getting things like EQ and Compression just right especially regarding the relationship between kick and snare. After that, bass can be EQ'd and compressed. Usually this is where I'll begin the parallel compression to really get the drums and bass sounding like one unit. Something I've been told is kind of weird but definitely works for me is that after drums and bass, I'll actually begin getting levels for vocals (Lead and BG.) I don't do much EQ at this time, but I will get levels and the basic parts of my vocal chain put in. Then I begin any pads/synth leveling and EQ, THEN put in guitar. After, I'll get my master bus set up and begin EQ'ing vocals to get them sitting right. Finally, I tweak the master bus compression and final EQ settings. I've skipped a lot of in between steps such as effects and editing, but I hope this gives you an idea of how I think.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My setup is very modest, but I've always believed that less is more; and that means when given even more resources, the possibilities are endless. I work off of a 2016 MacBook Pro, Apollo Twin X interface, Logic Pro, and a Kali 6/KRK sub monitor system. My guitar and bass work is spearheaded by my Kemper Profiler with the exception of some very specific instances, in which I would use my PRS MT15 amp through my Orange 2x12 cabinet. Everything else is fueled by various VST's such as Serum, Arcade, and Arturia plug-ins. For drums, I use Slate Drums and for vocal recording, I use my Aston Origin in an insulated booth.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am most inspired by artists such as Incubus, Kero Kero Bonito, BROCKHAMPTON, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many pop artists such as Bruno Mars and The Weeknd.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My most common work is engineering and mixing. I tend to enjoy writing more than anything, but my guitar/bass work and mixing are my most prominent services.