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Interview with Horace "Virtuoso" Kennedy
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record and mix clients at my main studio downtown, as well as do mixes in my home studio.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Vibe. I bring the vibe. The intended reaction to the music. I'm the guy that makes that happen for your song. Everytime I hear a song I have ideas on the creative flow. Implementing these ideas will usually be a good choice for the song as a whole and I'm very good at making it work.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My attention to detail. I'm often told of how many times I'd go the extra mile to ensure everything is right on the track. It shows through my work
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip hop and rap hands down. Thought I have recorded and mixed rock genres and have worked on EDM and house music during my stint in Chicago.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Too many "bells and whistles" in a song (ex. Too many chops, crazy effects, ) can be counterproductive in the end. Make the most of each effect you put in the song. And be aware of the impact they have on the vibe of the song.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kanye, Timbaland, and Pharrell are probably my favorite music producers, but I really admire certain pianists, like Nobuo Uematsu, and David Benoit for example. My musical roots start in classical piano and jazz music, and it shows through my music a lot.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook pro Yamaha hs5 Korg Kaoss pad Apogee duet Any USB keyboard
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kanye West. He been it for decades,and he has an extensive knowledge of music in general that really shows with the songs he decides to sample.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Depends on the song at the time. I can be very aggressive and in ya face, but I tend to default to chill and laid back. I like using reverb and delay a lot lol. I also like using compressed distortion a lot as well on vocals and background vocals. Theres a lot of plugin combinations I have been getting into.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this professionally for 5 years now. Been hustling everywhere I can get in. I went to school to be an audio engineer in Arizona then went on an internship in Chicago. Been working at the local studio in KS but my ultimate goal is to own my own recording studio and collab with
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do research on potential service providers. If you want something mixed give as much detail on HOW you want it mixed.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A lot for my client Johnny M4ck, working on about 30 songs with him. Just finished an album with Freddy High that is dropping March 3rd.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At home I have a Windows 3.3 Ghz Quad core setup w/ 12 GB RAM, a GPU w/ 2 GB and a 2 TB HDD with Pro Tools 12, with an M- Audio Fast Track C400 interface, 2 JBL LSR-305 monitors and a bunch of Fabfilter and Soundtoys plugins, my favorites. Also have FL studio. My control room is acoustically controlled.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to do my mixing in short spurts. An hour here or there with lots of time in between. I don't like to overdo my ears. I start with editing the audio first before I get into mixing, and after I edit I do a rough volume mix. THEN I get into compression, EQ, etc. I like to check my mixes at certain points at different loudness volumes to keep everything consistent.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of impact are you trying to make with this particular song? Is there anything you want to hear for sure in the mix?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. Digital definitely has its perks but when it comes to how things SOUND... analog. Every time.