What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
My clients most commonly ask me what genre of music I write and produce. I tell them that I work with many different genres and do not limit my songwriting and production work to one style. I am always trying to expand my tastes in and knowledge of different types of music.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have an established idea in your head of how you want your mix to sound, so I can replicate that as closely as possible.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Macbook Pro with 16Gb RAM, Focusrite 4Pre audio interface, KRK VXT8 studio monitors, M-Audio Venom synthesizer, and Novation Launch Pad... Assuming I had power outlets :)
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I am especially proud of a project I'm working on currently, as a member of the DJ duo Rude Boys. We began the project recently and have one release, which is our remix of Dillon Francis - Anywhere feat. Will Heard (supported by artists such as Will Heard, Protohype, Baishaus, and JayKode). We have many original songs and remixes ready to be released, many of which I consider to be some of my best work. I'm excited to drop these tracks. Here is a link to our Soundcloud profile: www.soundcloud.com/rude_boys
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I have not met other producers on SoundBetter, but would love to meet some and exchange techniques and advice.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception about what I do is that since it does not completely conform to all industry standards, it is not "correct." However, this is a part of the unique sound I capture while still putting out professional quality tracks.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I am working on my personal project which is mostly house, dubstep and future bass. Over the past year, I've been trying to develop my own distinct sound and I have been promoting my music on blogs and social media. So far, it has been a very successful project.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
The biggest question I always ask is what artists or songs inspired the client's work in progress. I ask this so I can capture a sound that uses influence from these artists and songs but is also distinct.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Throughout my childhood, I was a member and manager of several bands. My favorite aspect of being in a band was the recording sessions, so I began to record my own music through high school. I have progressively been improving my music production skills over the years and I try to do something new every day. I've also interned at two major record labels (UMG and WMG) and have done audio editing for some of their roster artists.
Can you share one music production tip?
Does it sound right to YOU?
What do you bring to a song?
I bring personality to a song. I can take a simple musical idea and transform it into a full, professional-quality track with characteristics of its own.
What's your typical work process?
When producing a song, I tend to think of a melody with a backing chord progression first. This can end up being any section of a song, depending on how it turns out and what other ideas I have for that track. I will write the melody and chord progression using certain instruments and then build upon that idea with other supporting instruments. Once I have the section done, I will continue writing a new section until I have a full composition. This is where I use effects, post-production editing, mixing, and mastering to finalize the production and prepare it for mass distribution.
Tell us about your studio setup.
As for DAWs, I use either Logic Pro or Pro Tools. My hardware includes an Avid Mbox Pro, Avid Venom analog synthesizer, Akai MPD26 MIDI Pad, Mackie MR-5 studio monitors, and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro studio headphones. My notable plug-ins include Serum, Nexus 2, Massive, Kontakt, Waves Plug-ins, Ozone 6, and Superior Drummer.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I am working for YOU. I won't try to look into your best interest for you, I will give you the final product that you are looking for.
What do you like most about your job?
Giving clients a final product that they were hearing in their head when writing a song.
How would you describe your style?
I mostly produce house but am inspired by other genres such as pop, dubstep, EDM, hip hop, rock, jazz, and heavy metal.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am inspired by a wide variety of artists in many different genres. I try to take something out of all music I listen to and I try my best to reflect that in my recordings.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common types of work I do include full song production, instrumental production, mixing, and beat-making.
Analog or digital and why?
I prefer digital. It is more convenient and more effective in optimizing my workflow.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with Jauz. Our styles are very similar and I believe that my songwriting would mix well with his sound design.
What type of music do you usually work on?
My favorite styles of music to work on are house (most styles) and EDM. I also work on dubstep, trap, drum n' bass, pop, and hip hop.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is my songwriting and composition. I have a very smooth workflow in terms of building an idea into a full song.