Fusion is where the magic happens. Let's combine our styles and contribute something to music.
Southern Californian, native creative, Piklo, has a colorful approach to soul music without the luxury of being genre specific. Great grandson of Oscar Dennard (jazz pianist and songwriter), Piklo has inherited the rhythmic coloring of melodies and sound design.
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Interview with Piklo
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just put out a series of "Beat Tapes" called 'Sesh w/ Pik'. This is a great collection of the 2021 work I did amongst the Session In Gang
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A compilation album that will serve as reference songs for future projects.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, To avoid limitations
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will make magic,
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Them: What do you charge for beats? Me: I don't charge you if I have a vision for your project. But I start @ $4500
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My age.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What work have you done? Whats your strength? Whats your weakness? Why do you do this? Whats your goal? Whats your strategy?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be ready to get creative... We waste no time or ideas.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Water powered generator. iMac M1. Akai Controller (Latest). Headphones. Mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a Creative Director and Brand Developer for the last 15 years. Producing professionally for 2 years. Making music for 23 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Jazzy and rhythmic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dreamville / Janet / Beyonce / J-Lo / Travis Scott / Kendrick All artists who take their craft seriously and have brought something notable to the art form, if not work ethic.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Leave space for the vocalists. Do not lay bass leads and runs before vocals.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Soul / R&B / HipHop / Funk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Percussive, melodic and rhythm lyricism to a top line. Groove quality.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Color! Melodies and counter melodies that keep the listener entertained or engaged. Arrangements and edits that highlight characteristics within a song that should stand out or be accentuated.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Receive or send stems. Add color. Send Back. Repeat until complete.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly with a portable setup, Macbook Pro 2021 / Reason+
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production. Lately, I've been given a few projects with the hopes of me remixing to give it new life. People are typically looking for a fusion between genres and eras.