What are you working on at the moment?
A new R&B record for this artist out in Los Angeles, Ca.
What do you like most about your job?
Creating a quality record for an artist and seeing the satisfaction they express listening to it for the first time.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Why did I want to engineer and produce rather than be the artist?
Bc my passion is behind the scenes making the record as appealing to the listeners as I can. This is where I have my fun not on the stage.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
As a producer, we don't just "make beats". Thats honestly the most irritating statement I receive while creating. My job is to create an overall record that can entertain, not just place some track loops over each other and call it music. The engineering field is a very delicate and surgical part of music and is overlooked immensely. We don't just push random buttons and the vocals compress themselves, we must have the ear for music.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Provide me a solid raw vocal and sit back for a great project in return.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Pharell. He seems to be the most innovative in the room at all times without saying anything. His work ethic is remarkable and his mind can travel to different places to create sounds and instrumentation that others fail to bring to the industry.
Can you share one music production tip?
Always mix low and make it louder at the end.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is my ability to listen to a raw vocal and hear the potential. Vocal clarity is my biggest obsession so my focal point remains with the quality of the mix. The vocals must sit perfectly within the record for my job to be done.
What do you bring to a song?
Clarity and creativity. I like to switch up the records to leave the listener with an unexpected experience, one they can look back on and realize they haven't heard that type of sound before. Music in my opinion is shelved by listeners if they feel it brings the same vibe as the other records competing with it. What will make the record stand out.
What's your typical work process?
Begin by trying to analyze the overall content of the record, the vibe, and the character. Play all the raw vocals through a few times to get a feel of the artists' goal. Begin to bus down the vocals with compression and EQ, then continue with the reverb. Lastly leveling out the vocals so they sound complete.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If you don't like it I don't like it.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I started from nothing in a loft above a garage and have worked my way into establishing a home studio equipped with a fully functioning blue bird microphone, a pair of KRK Rokit 5 monitors, a standard Focusrite Saffire 6 USB audio interface, a few Macbook Pro models as well as an iMac depending on the work I am doing.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I have always been drawn in by the artists who may have the "ear" for music however still try and take that generalization and create something even greater in the end.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording and constructing an overall record or body of work. Mixing the vocals down to provide the most clarity and mastering the final product into something that can be well respected when reviewing.