Multi-instrumental artist pursuing relevant musical expression. Full-time producer, programmer, engineer, songwriter, session musician, and content creator based in KCMO
Remote tracking keys, piano, digital and analog synth layers, ambient pads and strings, organic textures, percussive layers, electric and synth bass, drum programming and other sound design! All-round musician and detailed, skilled mix engineer.
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Interview with Sammie Lee
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Assistant producing a full length 10 artists collaborative album under a music label called Forerunner Music (http://www.ihopkc.org/music/), design for soundtracks, and freelance through SoundBetter!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love Universal Audio's catch phrase- "Analog ears, digital minds". I believe there are great innovation from both end of the spectrum! Heart or lungs... it's an interesting question.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Dedication and excellence to capture the desired musical expression of the client with fast workflow.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I genuinely love song writing. Inspiring projects keeps me up at night, and gets me out of the bed in the morning.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I hate to be generalized as being picky- I am selective with projects that I want to invest in.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Inspirations behind their projects, specific song references, time/resources/budget that they are willing to invest.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Giving attention even to the smallest details will truly make your song come alive.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Juno synth, pair of IEM, Soundtoys, and an expresso machine.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 10 years of live and studio production at IHOP-KC and various artists, other production including film scoring, sound design, commercial, and sound libraries.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Lively, experimental, ambient.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Michael Jackson. He seemed like he knew what he was doing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it feels good, do it and don't over think it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Contemporary pop, ambient sound design, experimental indie, urban and old school hiphop, CCM songwriting.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Excellent understanding of overall production feel, arrangements and creating with fast, precise workflow to create parts to help with completion of the client's production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Tracking piano, digital and analog synth layers, ambient pads and strings, organic textures, percussive layers, and other sound design with mixing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1-5 days tracking and layering around a pre-arranged demo.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mac OS, UAD Apollo 8, JBL, Yamaha, Juno, Protools, Ableton Live, NI Komplete, Spitfire Audio, Omnisphere 2, UAD, Waves, Soundtoys, and other sample libraries and plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mutemath, Tycho, Sleeping At Last, Coldplay, and many more. Production that bridges analog, organic, and lively textures with modern, relevant execution.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Keyboards/Synth production, electric and synth bass production, mixing.