Multi genre producer/ musician/ artist consultant - partial credits include: Christina Aguilera, Mya, Jagged Edge, American Idol (Seasons 5&7)
Often working between Los Angeles and my hometown of Sacramento, I have experience producing a pretty wide variety of genres including: R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Country, Gospel and Contemporary/'Smooth' Jazz. For many years I was a touring musician (Bass guitar/Keys) with many Billboard charting/platinum artists, such as: Christina Aguilera, Mya, Willow Smith, Jagged Edge and others. Because of my 30+ year background as a working musician, programmer and producer I am confident that can add value to any project.
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Interview with Michael Anderson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: For the last several years I have managed and produced the all girl Country/pop group Auburn Road. Developed the group from the ground up, the group had the opportunity to tour with Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Morgan Wallen.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I am really excited an independent Gospel project that I am producing that is in the vain of Fred Hammond/Kirk Franklin.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A little bit of both is always good for the soul. Analog for the warmth and the vibe but digital for the speed and efficiency.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Regardless of your actual budget you and your project will be treated as a professional.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I am still living the prayers of a kid who used to dream about making music in as many different genres as is possible
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar (that has a line out), my iMac/Logic rig, Fender Jazz Bass, Neuman 57 mic Focusrite ISA One preamp
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in the professional music business for 30 years. I started as a touring musician as a keyboard and bass player. I had the pleasure of working with many different artist and genres highlights include: Christina Aguilera (Bass/Assnt MD), Jagged Edge (Bass/MD) Dream (Bass/MD) Aaron Carter (Bass/MD) Willow Smith/Wicked Wisdom (Bass) But to be honest I always loved the creative process and I had the opportunity to work with a great number of artist in the studio also and a musician/writer/producer (or all of the above LOL) Highlights include: American Idol Seasons 5&7, Adina Howard, Marion Meadows,
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: In a word versatile, Once I understand the vision for the song and the artist that is the goal that we work towards from day one.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are a few actually - H.E.R. , Maren Morris, Alicia Keys,
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Dont forget while you have your face in a computer turn on the TV so you can look away from the screen from time to time. So many people get locked into their DAW and start making music with their eyes and not their ears.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It literally depends on the day of the week lol
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Interpreting and understanding an artist vision and being able to deliver that.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An strong ear for melody/lyric and quality sounds
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro - Focusrite interface and ISA one preamp, Native Instruments, Keyscape, Trillion, Omnisphere, Output, Slate Digital, solid mic collection, KRK 6 Speakers, Fender Jazz basses (5&6 string), Fender Strat and Several Acoustic gtrs,
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Prince, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, 1500 or Nothin, Neptunes, Busby, Mark Ronson, Rick Rubin.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: For the last several years it has been primarily production but I have been a session bassist/keyboard player for many years and I am strong at vocal production and arranging.