What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on EDM-Pop, but I make a lot of Hip-Hop/Trap too.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My setup is fairly simple.
-Ableton Live 9 (with hundreds of VSTs and professional audio units including Serum and iZotope)
-KRK Rokit 6's and Yamaha HS8s
-Alesis Vi49 Midi Keyboard
-Teenage Engineering OP-1
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most commonly I produce house/EDM Pop music but I've made a lot of Hip-Hop/Trap too.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
About a year ago I was working closely with a local theatre company and they asked me to create a piece of music for a horror trailer. I proved to myself that I can create music outside of the EDM world and can branch into the realm of movie scores. This was great fun and I would totally recommend going out of your comfort zone and doing something like this if you are a music producer looking to advance your skills and try something new!
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I have just finished a summery-pop song which is ready for some fresh vocals.
I am also working on learning new software such as Pro Tools in order to expand my production knowledge.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog. Although I do not own any analog equipment, I have worked with some in the past and I can confirm that it is perhaps the most enjoyable and satisfying thing I have ever done. Not only this but you can get certain sounds with analog that will never be possible with digital softwares - but don't take it from me, deadmau5 will tell you the same!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A professionally produced, perfectly mixed track that with a pinch of luck, will have the potential to become a huge hit (if that is what the client wishes for). My music will suit your needs and beyond.
What do you like most about your job?
Being able to create a piece of music from scratch in my studio and then watch other people's reactions to the music and think to myself "I made that". It's like creating a physical representation of my mind. It's really quite amazing.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long I'm going to take creating the song.
My answer varies a lot. It depends on my schedule and on the nature of the track. However, usually take around 3-5 days on a track.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception has to be what genre I specialise in. This is because I advertise that EDM-Pop is my general genre but in reality, I make literally whatever comes to mind and whatever fits the clients' requests the most; it just so happens that most of the time it turns out to be EDM-Pop (but really, it could be anything - like Flume ;) )
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What kind of vibe they want their song to give off and whether they plan on including vocals or if they wish the music to be the most prominent part.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Know what you're looking for and know the Provider's strengths. If these two things meet, you've given yourself a great head start!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
-Studio headphones (for that perfect mix)
-Small midi keyboard/controller
-A pair of studio monitors
-A good USB microphone (as a soundcard would count as a 6th piece of gear)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been producing for 6 years.
How would you describe your style?
My main style is a mixture between Sigala and The Chainsmokers. I love to use the classic dance-piano but also huge sounding saw-synths for a high energy drop. Of course, I approach each track differently and each one requires a different vibe/different sounds and instruments.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
One day I would love to work with deadmau5. That man is like a god to me. 'Strobe' was the very first EDM song I had listened to properly and it blew me away; I have been inspired ever since.
Can you share one music production tip?
When it comes to master EQing, make sure to always slightly cut down on the 3.4kHz range. Over thousands of years, the human ear has become most sensitive to these frequencies, and for this reason, having a harsh 3.4kHz range can actually hurt your ear and make the track unpleasurable to listen to.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is most definitely the beat-making. How do you keep the listener intrigued? An inspiring beat of course! What else are they supposed to tap their feet or bang their head at? The beat brings energy. And energy brings happiness to the listener.
What do you bring to a song?
A story. The client will give me an idea to work with and I will bring this to life.
What's your typical work process?
I don't believe in a 'typical work process'. When it comes to creating music, it is all about what comes to mind. If I have an awesome beat in my head, I will start with that. If the client wishes a more mellow song, then usually the chords will come first. Sometimes I start by creating one sound which inspires me for the rest of the track.
It really is a creative process and there are no true guidelines when it comes to creating a piece of music.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am hugely inspired by Flume. In my opinion, his sounds are totally unique and his song structuring does not follow any usual trend - he doesn't stick to the rules and neither do I!
Another incredible music producer is deadmau5. He is, without a doubt, one of the best music producers of our time. His music does not just satisfy the ears, but it takes you on a journey. Music is more than just a song; It's an experience, and deadmau5 has mastered this art.