5+ years experience working independently with artists in Los Angeles. I enjoy the creative process, bringing music and technology together to create quality sound. I currently own and operate a boutique recording studio in Los Angeles. @bnmrecordingstudio @mixingwithles
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Interview with Les D
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All Day - B Star x Shayla The Artist. These were two artists that I had the pleasure of working with for a few years. I was able to bring them together to work on this project and I was able to mix & master the project. 20K views on YouTube, beautiful music video to match. Loved the entire process.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: 15 song album for a Gospel artist.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, we need both. It's all about tones and color.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I don't cut and run, I won't stop until you are satisfied.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creativity.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long have you been doing this ? I've been doing it for awhile :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are your musical inspirations ? How did you get into music ? Where do you see yourself in the future ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure they are focused on sound quality and understanding your vision as a client.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Apollo Twin Duo, Slate VMS, Pop Filter, Sony MDR Headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 5+ years working in the Audio Industry (independently).
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean mixing style, focused on sound quality before anything else.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It's a tie between J-Cole and T-Pain.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Clean up your audio files first before starting any project.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, RnB.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Audio Editing, Mixing, Vocal Production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Current CRAS student with 5+ years experience working independently with artists in Los Angeles. Prior to this I started Audio Engineering building my chops on the East Coast working with a couple Artists. Reliable & client focused.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically try to get a sense of the client's vision first, creative goals and project timelines. If the client is comfortable and in the vicinity, I typically recommend and in-person meeting - otherwise a phone call, zoom or Skype meeting. Mixing & Mastering can take at minimum anywhere between 3 - 7 days at a minimum, without revisions. Clients are able to contact me anytime for follow-up requests (within reason).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A private, clean boutique vocal recording studio located in Los Angeles with courteous staff and management. Specializing mostly in urban genres Hip Hop & RnB, but more than willing and capable to work with most popular genres.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr. Dre, Dave Grohl, Pharrel, Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio Mixing, Vocal Comping, Audio Editing, Recording & Mastering.