Hello, my name is Derek. I've been a music producer since I was 15 years old. I've helped bands reach a major audience. I graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2009.
I'm the founder of a music production company. I've been producing professionally for about 10 years. I've broken 2 big bands in Texas. I'm looking for clients and talent to help build them a platform for success.
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Interview with Milky Way Recordings
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Hematidrosis. I'm really proud because they became a major sensation. They've probably had over a million hits on the internet. I was the person who broke that band into the mainstream. I created many of their "hits". I was the first person to find them, or maybe they found me, and we created something a lot of people enjoyed. They went on to do music videos, and have a very fun and substantial career.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on my production company called Milky Way. I want to win Grammy's. I want to help artists build a platform to gain new fans. I want to be a force in the music industry. Besides that, I'm working on a tech company, and a B.S. in Technological Entrepreneurship and Management at ASU.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't seen anyone that I know on SoundBetter.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Either one is fine. But overall, I choose digital because that is simply the direction the industry is moving in.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise my clients that you will have a platform to work on. Your platform will help you gain fans and the recognition you deserve. More times than not, you will stand out above the crowd after working with me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually ask me if I can take this part out, or put some reverb on a certain part, or can I take off the delay on a certain part. Of course, I do what the customer wants. It's your music, I'm just here to help you get to where you want to be.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think you can just give a great producer a song, and they can put auto-tune on it, and the next thing you know, you have a great song, and you sound like the Foo Fighters. That is not the case. Your song needs to be structurally sound on a theoretical level. Your song needs to have certain key elements. Without these two things, your song, 9 times out of 10, will not sound good, no matter how much compression or EQ someone uses. Sometimes you will get a great sounding song that makes no sense. But, when taking into account time, artists don't have enough time to fiddle around with songs that may be the "lucky one." You need to have a great song from the beginning of the process, and artists, more times than not, need someone who knows how to make this happen. The people that know how to make this happen are called music producers.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask clients what they want from the song. Then I simply give them what they want. I understand many instruments, and theoretical concepts, so I try to figure out what they want, and then I translate what they want into something that can work on a practical level.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would advise you to think about your career goals. A song isn't just a song. A song is what will help you reach an audience. Your audience will judge you by what you produce now, so I would suggest you pick someone you can work with. Pick someone who will give you a very good product that you can sell to your audience.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing music at a high level since I was 13 years old. I was in a professional band at the age of 15. At 17, I played on Warped Tour. I went to the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences when I was 19. I won the battle of the bands at Fitzgerald's in Houston, TX when I was 21. I started a popular band in Austin, TX when I was 23. Currently, I study Technological Entrepreneurship and Management (B.S.) at Arizona State University. I was born an entrepreneur and a musician.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I've worked with many different genres. I can play guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums. I've worked with digital DAWs since I was 13 years old. I would describe my style as being very versatile.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Major Lazer. I feel like they define the new sound and mood of a millennial generation. They have the ability to mix a new digital world with heart and soul.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Have a good monitoring system. Without a good monitoring system, you are wasting your time.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock and hip hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Music production, mixing, and mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I've been a music producer since I was 15 years old. I've helped bands reach a major audience. I understand music theory and can instantly tell what a song needs. I graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, so I am a professionally trained audio engineer. I understand music theory and I can also professionally produce, mix and master a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Everything is based on the cloud. We transfer a work folder back and forth. We communicate via the internet. I produce, mix and master. You get a great platform to build your career.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Misery Signals, Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, Oceano, Northlane, Adele, Minus the Bear, This Town Needs Guns, Johanna Warren, Nirvana, Beloved, Thrice, Fear Before The March of Flames, Armor For Sleep, Cepia, Explosions In The Sky, Signal Hill, The Mercury Program, Foals, Incubus, Glassjaw, Maudlin of the Well, At The Drive In
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Mastering, and Music Production.