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I’m Sam Rawsteen a dedicated mixing, recording and mastering engineer. I have been working in the music world for 15yrs.+. I have worked in just about every genre known to man. I currently work out of Diamond Sound Studios in Nashville,Tn. “Ghostfaders” is my mixing and mastering crew. We have worked with country legends, hip hop legends, platinum artists, Oscar winning artists etc…we are a humble collective helping artists realize their dreams and goals. Come ride with us and let’s make magic.
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Interview with Sam Rawsteen of Ghostfaders
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing and mastering Troubled Kid new ep “Super Star Vibes” and a few others I can’t mention.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I’m new to this platform and I don’t know anyone unless they are on here and I didn’t know.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To make your music sound beautiful. However, if there are problems with your audio we will discuss how to fix it first.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Honestly every project I work on I’m proud of no one above the next. Every project departs with a part of me in it. My role usually is the recording, mixing and mastering engineer. I love giving artists their own sound. Yes you can copy others sound but what sets you apart from them?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both and mainly because they both have their perks…
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just love making music sound beautiful…
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What’s my rates? My answer is, if you are working on a project we can work it out if your budget isn’t in the ballpark as long as you are serious and we aren’t wasting time.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone can do it, it’s easy…
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is it you see when you hear your music?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If he works on music from his heart/soul give that guy a shot. It’s not about the money. It’s about the music…
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Apollo quad, mogami cables and a focal speaker set w/sub.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path was an artist to begin with however I was fascinated by how an engineer takes nothing and make it something. I’ve been mixing music since 1999. So I’ve been in this over 20yrs.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Crazy creative with a vintage outlook on how music should sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bun B of UGK. His voice is dope and I’d like to hear what I can make it sound like.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always record in the green, level don’t matter as long as it’s green.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lots of hip-hop aka rap, trap etc…
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My heart. It leads me throughout the process. If my heart doesn’t move the record isn’t done unfortunately.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Only my heart and great intentions to bring the artists dream to reality.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Day 1 Listen to record, determine what needs to be done begin vocal mix then prep instrumental for mixing. Day 2 mix instrumental and Marry with vocal. Day 3 listen to mix and master the record if all check lists are met.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a hybrid setup approach in which have the ability to give out a digital/analog mix/master. I use mogami cabling insuring the clearest signal to noise ratio. I’m using a calibrated environment to insure I hear what I need to hear. Focal monitors for mixing and mastering. Dangerous gear as my go between when it comes to the analog world of things.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr.Dre,The Neptune’s, Timbaland, Engineer Ears, Dave Pensado, Just Blaze, SwizzBeats, Leslie Brathwaite, Young Guru
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording, Mixing and Mastering.