Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
when i first got a hold of my old keyboard back in 05', i got together with a couple guys from my area and we made a pretty classic mixtape that is lost and all but forgotten. but i remember being suprised with the results being how new i was to it all
What are you working on at the moment?
im compiling beats to upload to myflashstore.net as well as projects with my competent musician friends
Analog or digital and why?
Digital, yes i respect the analog world and the sound of analog gear is what every music fan, myself included, is used to.... but really computers can emulate all analog gear with the added benefit of being able to save your settings. if i was a bit older you probably wouldnt be able to pry me away from that smooth analog gear either, but since ive never worked with it i dont miss it.... and i know how to get analog sounding mixes in the box
What do you like most about your job?
this isnt my full time job just yet, but soon i hope it can overtake my current employer. but the thing i like the best is that i can create whatever i can imagine
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Im all about diy, so i know this can be done without school, i spent the time to learn it but it took me a while...you can learn the skill to mix as well, but if you cant do that right now, let me show you what i can do for your tracks.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
computer, midi keyboard, my studio monitors and my roland fantom-S... i only have 4
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
i started making beats with an archaic keyboard in 2003, shortly after i got protools...... never went to school so my fundamentals were absent, google is an invaluable tool if you cant pay for school, lol... but over the years i must have made about 3000 beats since ive started, not saying that they are good, but thats ALOT of practice
How would you describe your style?
lots of people tell me i sound like west coast g-funk ala dr. dre. but i think thats cause i spent alot of time listening to parliament funkadelic and "zapp and roger", or at least thats what i was drawn to as a young man.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
i think i would have the most fun teaching people how to make music. big artists are scary, lol
Can you share one music production tip?
yes!! heres a couple... use eq to cut your kickdrum at 150 hz, for that tightness..... and lets see..... for fat snares, boost at 200 hz and i usually use a high pass filter to roll off everything under 150hz
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hiphop, but really i am so sure i could do any electronic style
What's your strongest skill?
i think it might be the ability to create melodies with counter melodies.
What do you bring to a song?
the editing is the big difference in any genre, and i think thats what will make my tracks stand out or at least STAND WITH pro mixing engineers..... that and the fact that i myself started out as a singer, then a very competent rapper, im able to create catchy hooks and know how to structure music, its more of an instinct than a skill when it comes right down to it
What's your typical work process?
if im making a beat by myself, i will try to create something in my head and get a good idea of what i want to make, i used to sit down to make beats and not have an idea, thats baaad. once i have an idea then i just throw a bunch of tracks together and see if i hate the result, once i have a good 4 bar loop i start to delete peices of instrument tracks until something that resembles music starts to surface
Tell us about your studio setup.
I am working in the box using Reason ver. 9.2 with a novation launchkey 25. Fantom-S keyboard synthesizer and an m-audio fast track audio interface,
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Producers like ryan leslie, dr. dre, skrillex, klaypex.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Ive done some mixing for a few local groups when i was still learning, i usually did the beat for them as well.