Stop working with boring producers and presets! Weird and catchy hyper-pop production. Make your tracks unique, stand out, and go viral!
I am a Baltimore based musician, producer, and mixing engineer. I have worked with acts such as Slayyyter, Chaos Chaos, as well as the tv show Rick and Morty. Are you tired of boring production and everything sounding like presets? I can make your tracks weird, fun, and virally catchy! My sound is unique but also specific. I want to work with artists who share similar visions. My influences: PC Music, Charli XCX, Hudson Mohawke, Arca, Carly Rae Jepsen.
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He’s nice, determined, professional, and considerate! I would consider him for anyone who is looking for out-of-this-world production!
zhone was so fun to work with!! they produced some amazing work and went with my vision and constructed it *perfectly*, no exaggeration! cannot recommend enough :)
Interview with zhone
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Kim Kardashian commissioned my band to make a song for Kanye for his birthday. It hasn’t really helped my career but it’s great to tell at parties (remember parties and seeing other humans?). I helped with production and mixing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Tracks with a PC Music artist, and a big album for an LA based band!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Let me find who of my friends are on here!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I can make hits on an airplane, how amazing is that?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To help you define your sound and to help you achieve your goals!!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with people to amplify and support their vision!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: “Can you extract my vocals out of this previous recording” “I uh... I cant”
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mixing and producing are not the same thing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are you listening to right now?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don’t work with someone who doesn’t do your style! And don’t work with someone who claims to do “all genres”. Tailor your sound!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My classical guitar, my mac, and 3 copies of Pop 2.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been producing for over 10 years. I studied classical piano, classical and jazz guitar, composition and went to college for music. I tour with Chaos Chaos all around and spend time in studios in NYC and LA.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Crystalline pop.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Damon Albarn. I think that he is such a genius and would love to be in the studio with him!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don’t be afraid to destroy sounds. When we are too precious with recordings we lose some of the magic.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Modern pop and trap.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Modern/sleek production sounds. Making a song sound unique.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh perspective, new and innovative sounds, and a professional streaming-ready mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I dive into a piece and add whatever bizarre and out there ideas I have and then I reel it all back until it is in it’s simplest and catchiest form.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Latest versions of Ableton/Pro Tools, TEAC analog mixing board, UAD preamps, modern mixing/production plugins (Waves, Slate, Soundtoys, Omnisphere, Serum, Spire, Izotope, Komplete), guitars, basses, and harp
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Arca, Charli XCX, Max Martin, Dylan Brady, Dua Lipa
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly work on creating full productions from vocal stems as well as reproducing demo tracks