I'll take you from point A to Z with my Production, Mixing, Mastering, and Artist Development skills. In 2021, Started Mentorship with Grammy-Winning Mastering Engineer Blake La Grange With 10+ years of experience with genres such as Hip-hop / Trap / Pop / Indie/ EDM I am confident I can take you from an idea to a released radio ready track
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Interview with 9 Live Roses
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: When I was 17, I sparked an enthusiasm for music production. As my love and interest grew, so did my curiosity in engineering which led to more education and mentorship. At this point in time, I have been producing for 12 years and full-time for two years with clients directly as well as teaching others about the music industry through our program HiFi Highfive - a digital platform designed to help artists and producers become successful within today's ever-changing space.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At present, I'm working on a full stack production project and we're nearing the end of our mixing stage. Before moving forward to mastering, it's important that my client is certain they want to proceed as there's no going back. To ensure this happens, we set up a Zoom meeting where I can showcase mix-notes and discuss details about the mix. If necessary changes are made then off to mastering!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, but I am up for networking.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: As much as I love analog gear, there are a few drawbacks. Even though you can't deny the superior quality of REAL tubes on a traditional LA2A Compressor, they may sometimes be challenging to troubleshoot and can prove expensive for fresh producers. Over the years, I've spoken with veteran mixing engineers from the 80s who are now hooked on digital studios as they never have to go through the laborious process of setting up a session for revisions. For me, it's more about finding an effective balance between utilizing digital workflows in-the-box and emulating analog gear or accessing remote analog equipment.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm dedicated to crafting something that captures the intended emotion of the song. With ample communication, this process will be seamless and flexible.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: As a passionate lover of music, nothing gives me greater satisfaction than producing projects that exactly meet the vision of the artist. With each accomplishment comes an advancement in my mastery and knowledge, making every project I work on both meaningful and rewarding
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Artist often ask me how they can make money from their music, and my answer is to begin concentrating on expanding their own fan base. It's essential to have a list of fans that isn't controlled by traditional social media platforms; build trust with your followers, be likeable, and give them offers too good for them to refuse! After you've earned your audience's attention it then becomes about delivering spectacular experiences and carefully crafted offerings tailored just for them - because at the end of the day it really comes down to connection.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My skills were only achievable after countless hours of practice and study - there's a lot that goes into each part of the song-making process. It is essential to recruit the correct professionals for this job if you want your project to be successful!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When meeting with potential clients, I always like to ascertain their level of commitment in pursuing a career in the music industry. It's not something that should be taken lightly; rather, it requires dedication and hard work if they hope to recover any investments made into their songs. Therefore, before making the decision to invest money into a song, my goal is for them understand what measures must be taken for success.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: When I collaborate with others, I value those who can meet deadlines and keep open communication. If you take the time to respect my schedule, then I will reciprocate in kind by honoring yours. Before you make any rushed decisions, let's hop on a Zoom call and see if I'm the right fit for your needs. That way we can both ensure that working together is what's best!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Apollo Twin, EXT Hardrive, My HS8s, and Chiropractor
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I delight in dark, atmospheric chords combined with mysterious melodies and an undeniable rhythm section. Additionally, I relish the opportunity to experiment with vocal effects and explore creative sonic manipulation.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: In the future, I'm eager to collaborate with either Oliver Tree or Denzel Curry. It's hard for me to choose because I really wish Mac Miller was still around so that he could be on my list as well. Moreover, I appreciate artists that have a powerful creative vision and also produce music which has had an immense impact on my life journey. The musicians whom I grew up listening to have undeniably inspired my sound today.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If I could offer one piece of advice to producers, it would be not to hesitate when bouncing down tracks and midi files into audio. In addition to conserving CPU space, this can help psychologically by solidifying decisions that will refine the final product. Make judgments early on in production that bring you closer toward completion!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I specialize in a variety of music genres, including hip-hop and trap, pop music, and singer-songwriter. But my true forte lies with EDM music and Hip Hop. I'm passionate about creating bass heavy songs as well as those that have an evocative drum section within them.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My greatest strength is my determination. I'm passionate about problem solving and strive to find the most effective solutions, dedicating every ounce of energy necessary to ensure success.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a producer, I bring an abundance of energy and organization to the table. Additionally, I am passionate about attention to detail in order to make mixes and masters sound expensive without breaking your budget! Creativity is key – my perspective brings clarity and transparency each step of the way.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Crafting an effective workflow is paramount to success and I have invested many years constructing, developing and optimizing mine. By having a clearly articulated goal as well as pinpointing my main focus areas, projects move along faster. Additionally, using references to provide me with structure while tackling large tasks helps tremendously too! My process allows me to stay organized - taking meticulous notes and recording every step of the way so that key insights can be shared with clients or collaborators.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In my studio, I focus on working within the box, but when needed or desired, I can record and track my own guitar. Additionally, mastering in-the-box is one of my specialties as it allows me to use plugin emulations that replicate vintage equipment with precision accuracy for achieving optimal sound quality.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm endlessly inspired by independent artists who go all-in on their passions and treat the craft like a business. It takes courage, dedication, and hard work to make it in any creative field these days!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: As a Full Stack Producer, I have the expertise and technical proficiency to take your track from its initial idea all the way through to radio-ready production. From my studio, I will guide you on your journey in making it sound crisp with clean for distribution.