I'm Rayza. I'm a music producer/ mix engineer. I've been producing sing 2011. i love being creative and working with creative people
I work extensively with Imageline's FL Studio™, Cubase and Avid Pro Tools. I produc, mix and master songs. I'm not about the noise, I'm about quality. I aim for the best. I'm always searching for the next big thing in music. I like to make artistes believe they can achieve their best.
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Interview with Rayza
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I once worked on a party jam. And why I loved it was because I got to really play around with vocals. It's a dance hall, so I'm sure anyone partying to the song would be thrilled.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Nothing for now.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Partly analogue and partly digital. I want to be good at both.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver the best I can to them.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It helps me bring out my creative self, especially as an introvert. It's one thing that sends me reading and studying.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most times when they here works from guys like Chris Breezy, Trey Songs et al, they're like, "when am I gonna start sounding like that"? I just tell them to practice and do some understudy. Rehearse, because the perfection of a song doesn't lie solely on the mix engineer/ producer, artistes much be at their best.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think production/mixing is an easy stuff. That's why there's a lot of underpriced and under appreciated producers/mix engineer out there.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them to which level they want the song to reach because it's their vision that I work with.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'd say be at your best. A producer is usually powerless if the artist doesn't bring his/her "A" game
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, a microphone, a soundcard, my studio monitors, a power generator set with a large fuel reserve. That's all.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started producing beats underground since 2011 but start professionally in 2015.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'd say emotional, not too wild, dedicated, soulful and spiritual. I like to get immersive in songs.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I've got many. But I'll like to work with Da' Truth
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When working on a song, treat it as if it's you would yourself. Every song needs to be handled delicately. Good jobs are easily admired. Good jobs sell your image.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mostly work on hip hop tracks, and Nigerian dance hall(because of the environment). But I'm basically a Rap guy.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my ability to listen. Listening helps me visualize myself in the head of the artist, understanding what his/her state of mind is,trying to bring to life their imaginations.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to approach every song with the highest form of professionalism. But most of all, I approach every song with passion because I believe my mixes should help the audience feel the story of the artist. I try to take my time to make a masterpiece of every job I handle.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the song's raw format, Discuss how to approach the song with the artist, Create an instrumental and let the artist listen and make changes, After days of rehearsals, I record the artist, giving suggestions where necessary, After the recording, I leave a space of 5 days before mixing so as to clear my head and approach the song from a fresh perspective. On the day of mixing, I'd listen to different top songs, hear the mixes before I proceed with mine. I spent lots of time mixing because I want the best. During the mixing I could call the artist back to correct certain errors. After mixing, I do a mock mastering of the song. This helps me Identify places I need to work on. If there's no error, I redo the mastering, this time to perfection. I do my beats on FL Studio, while my recording, mixing and mastering is on Pro Tools.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently I work for an organisation. I'm looking to start up when things fall in place. I work in a simple in house studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr. Dre, Dave Pensado, Swizz Beatz, Pharell Williams
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio recording, mixing and mastering, beat making.