Warner/ Chappell Signed Writer, Producer, Remixer on Top Charting songs for Adam Lambert, Jojo, Superfruit Nathan Sykes, Madeon, Adventure club, Betty Who, All American Rejects, Liz huett and Audra Mae. As well as international K-pop sensation SHINee. Also the writer, producer, singer, mixer and mastering engineer for Pretty Sister
I write, Produce, Sing, Mix and master. From country to all kinds of Pop, R&B and Electronic music. My taste and expertise is very broad. Offering Production services, Mixing,Remixing, Writing sessions as well as demo vocals.
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Interview with Zak Waters
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Very proud of the last 2 Betty Who records. The Valley i came in towards the end and helped drag it across the finish line when everyone was kind of beat. I helped bring some new songs and new energy to help everyone get reinvigorated. and the latest self titled i executive produced and love how it turned out.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Rozzi, Betty Who, Pretty Sister
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Myah Marie. She is one of my favorite collaborators hands down!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both. also it depends on the music style. Software is getting so good it's hard to deny, but i don't deny there's a certain soul in some analog gear that hasn't been replicated yet.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That i will always give do my best work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: i love the fact that from the time i wake up to the time that i go to sleep there is a possibility that i will create from thin air something that never has existed in the world before. thats pretty cool to me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That its glamorous.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: who are your biggest influences? what records do you love the sound of? which songs of mine do you like the sound of? I want to get the most detailed picture possible of where they're trying to get to so i can best help them to get there
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my computer and 4 dongles. lol. but seriously. my computer. a guitar. apollo twin. midi keyboard. headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: ive been doing this about 12 years. I was the lead singer/ songwriter of a band signed to Motown Records in 2008. From there got experience touring, co-writing, producing. Soon after signed a Publishing deal with Warner / Chappell in 2010. That introduced me to many more songwriter, producers and other artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: id call my style Z-Funk. My strongest asset in production is my sense for funky and how something grooves and feels.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ariana Grande, D'angelo, Anderson Paak, Kehlani,
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: choose the right sounds
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do lots of pop learning R&B or funk. But it varries. When im working with Betty Who its VERY pop with a hint of 80's nostalgia. When im working with Rozzi it leans much more organic neo-soul pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: my strongest skill is my CAN DO ATTITUDE ;)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring authenticity and uniqueness. I love writing things that haven't been said, or something that's maybe a little cheeky or risky? Like if there's no reason for the song to exist, why even do it!? i love for songs to be special and have a unique purpose in the world and i try to encourage every artist i work with to express who THEY are.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I Usually start with the song. I build out a skeleton track while we work on writing song. I like to get a good feel of what sonic elements resonate with the artist. After that first session i usually spend some alone time perfecting the details of the track, then back and forth from there with the artist until its done!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Studio set up is pretty simple. Im not really a gear head to be honest. Ive just found that too many toys to play with can sometimes be distracting. I have a few great guitars, a few vintage keyboards (Juno-60,DX-7, Bass station)great set of studio monitors, every plugin-in known to man and an awesome vibey space. What more do you need
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My inspirations come from so many different places. I grew up studying the greats like teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dr. Dre and even Lil Jon in my early years of making beats. Later on i developed a love for alt / pop/ rock producers like Eric Valentine, Ross Robinson and John Feldman. Around 2010 i started learning from some great electronic producers through my time in the studio writing and singing hooks with them. I've learned much of what i use now in mixing and mastering from gleaning small tips and tricks from artists like Madeon, Adventure club, Mac J and Hotmouth.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, co-writing and mixing