Demarques R. Bonner
Owner of SafeZoneStudios Gospel recording facility in Villa Rica GA. We don't claim to be the most popular because we dedicate more time perfecting our work than bragging about it. At SafeZoneStudios we are passionate about living for Christ and through music our team strives to encourage, uplift and bring joy back into a torn world.
(32 Ch) Simultaneous Tracking Ability
Custom tube mic pres
Collection of Compressors/EQ's
(52) Mics available
5pc DW Drum kit
Custom Ibanez 5string bass
Custom.... Strat style Electric
Roland/Yamaha Digital Workstations
Waves Platinum, Mercury, 4000, V9.... FX libraries, Custom Sound Packs
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Interview with Demarques R. Bonner
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Project I engineered, mixed and currently in the mastering stage, I also did a vocal arrangement on. This project was unique because the lead vocalist didn't really fit the part of the material they were writing about but being able to coach them into a mentality of temporarily stepping into the shoes of the character your referring to is an integral part of successfully relaying the desired emotion to the given audience.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Several independent projects with artists varying in style, tone and energy.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Anolog and Digital because in some cases Anolog isn't going to work for the source material. The same can be said for digital. You just can't say one over the other because for song A digital may sound too brittle and anolog may round out too much of the high end so in order to achieve a balance that works you may have to carefully run a pass or two through a massive passive or something like a tubetech clone or the like before hitting tape or whatever recording medium.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To work harder than they will for them. Which in most cases is a huge promise when the individual is truly passionate about their work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The thought of someone trusting me enough to sculpt or reshape an idea in a matter of hours that they may have been gathering for years. It's an amazing honor.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Why don't my songs sound like the ones on the radio? Because you wrote this song last night, recorded this morning and released it before the idea was completely developed.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "It's simple, anyone can do it" Which I don't completely disagree with. Anyone can do anything wrong, not many people care enough about what they do to get it right.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you really know what you want? Have you researched to know how this business is supposed to work? Are you familiar with reference material?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you know what you want because experience only matters when you've learned from the mistakes and something either came or is coming of it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Bible, Water, Hammer, Axe, Ink From these things I can build, create, compose a plan for anything else.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've longed for the opportunity to translate what I hear into an art since I was able to clearly perceive sound vibrations, tones, keys, melodies. Church was the first place my gift was welcomed and recognized and from there I've developed a sound that uniquely characterizes me as different. The different that people long for, the different that although not often but always makes the difference.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Moving, pure, whole-hearted, encouraging
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone willing to excel and exceed their own ability. Names don't matter to me because so and so was once a I don't know. Everyone can have a chance if your work ethic is unfailing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When using Reverberation (Reverb) & Delay. Instead of inserting both on every individual track use an auxiliary track or a copy that can be sent in the desired amount to each track. This method saves one thing we could all use more of time, as well as processing power to handle other things such as latency or higher sample rate material.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Gospel, Inspirational
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Whatever I put my mind to next
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion, Tone, Life, Charisma
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We start with prayer, then a comp track of varying types of music to reacquaint our ears to how the differing materials respond to the listening environment. Checking that all power sources are secure and work space is clean and neat.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have a really simple, yet very powerful, focus driven set up. Everything is easy to use and we'll maintained.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: James Fortune, Tye Tribbett, Musiq Soulchild, Jazmine Sullivan, Tank, Usher, Robert Glasper, EWF, many more
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: We provide the best possible creative experience by allowing the artist to feel one with the material.