Madman is an American producer, songwriter, and engineer. In 2007, he was sign to Darkchild Ent. as Rodney Jerkins' head engineer and in-house producer. He has worked with many Grammy winners, including LaShawn Daniels, Teddy Riely, & Rico Love.
A professional audio engineer with experience working with Grammy award winning producers and writers on a daily basis. My exclusive contract is finally up, so I'm beginning to spread myself out. I record and edit all my audio in Pro Tools, and typically produce within Logic Pro X. I'm a writer, producer, and engineer with over 15 professional years of experience.
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Interview with Madman
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my daily work consists of audio recording, editing, and mixing. Other common areas include mastering, top line writing and producing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr. Dre. Kanye West.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Here's what I'm offering and you're guaranteed to get: Grammy Quality Mastering • Detailed Equalization • Multi-Band Compression • Noise Reduction (if needed) • Dynamic Range Enhancement • Harmonic Saturation Processing • Stereo Imaging • Clarity boost & Warm low-end punch that may be missing from your flat mixes • Never applying "presets", each song is processed based on its own specific harmonic needs • Free Professional Dithering when you submit 24bit or higher quality files • Competitive volume maximization
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I'll work on a project on my own, the submit for verification. If any changes are needed, which is rare or very slight, they are performed and tweaked for final submission.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My golden ears. Trained by multi-time Grammy winners themselves.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Production and conceptualizing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't record too loud going into your set up...you can't remove distortion...you can always add gain.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dr. Dre. Need I say more??
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Crispy but knocking...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Been professionally doing this for over 15 years. Started out as an intern in a studio....Worked my way up to head engineer before getting discovered and signed by Rodney Jerkins to Darkchild Ent.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MPC Ren, Apollo Twin, iMac, Midi controller, Tannoy Monitors.... I'll figure out a way to ge the best sound form the built in iMac microphone if i need to record vocals lol...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Understand that you get what you pay for. Everybody has pro tools...but not everybody is an engineer. Just like everybody has a basketball, or football, or baseball....doesn't' make you a professional athlete. Trust the professionals.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many tracks are you looking to get done, and what exactly are you looking for??
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you can just buy plug ins and use the presets. I don't use ANY presets when mixing or mastering.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Wh are your prices the way they are?? I respond, because my work has been on billboard and you're getting all that experience put into YOUR project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with music. Gotta love it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You're gonna love what I do with it. It'll be like night and day. Just when you think the sound can't get any better....
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog sound and vibe, digital convenience. Why?? Best of both worlds.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: idk...haven't searched lol...
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just wrapped up some mixes for theme music. It was rock based. The guitars were sick.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a project and record that ultimately ended up charting with Beyonce a the artist. You never know where this industry will lead you.