I am a producer-songwriter, engineer and graduate from Belmont University. My catalog is currently managed by different publishers including Alcon Sleeping Giant (U.S.A.), Bucks Music Group Limited (U.K.) sub published by Royalty Network in the USA, and Amadeus Publishing (U.K.). I bring the opportunity of music placements when you hire me!
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Co-writing for Synch, TV, and artist placement, or your project!
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Interview with SHEUX-BEAR
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I don't think I could pick just one. I feel like that could offend some of my clients. I view my career as one huge project, with the overall goal to help serve as many people as possible. Let's work!!!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on several synch projects, I am writing and sending and pitching both songs and tracks to A list artists and A list producers. I am also working on a few collaborations with some top DJs, which I cannot name because that would ruin the release :).
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Celica Gray will be joining SoundBetter, her vocals are incredible. Shes also a dope producer and vocal producer. She was featured on NBC's The Voice. We have collaborated on tons of projects together, both paid and on spec. I hire her for vocals when a client needs female vocal, and I have also hired her for co-producing and vocal production.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I have tons of experience using both. But when it comes down to it, I rely on my digital workstation for the bulk of my projects.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be able to hear your voice/song/production in a way you never have before. And if you have already worked with me then I continue that promise with my clients to not let you down on that expectation.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the act of completion. I love to see the hard work of all the members involved pay off in the final listen down. I find the most inspiration to work my hardest for that particular reaction.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Typically I work on last-second demand, people typically want to know if they can rely on me to pull off a track or a mix in a short amount of time. My answer almost always is -YES.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: If there are misconceptions, I am not aware of them. Lol.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I typically first handle budgets. Next, I like to dive right into expectations, which involve asking for references or a general sense of direction for which we will be creating(for a release, for a label, for a TV and Synch Licensing pitch etc.) These things get me inspired and help roll the momentum. I like to know these things before we start working as they provide me with a clear direction and an idea of the realistic amount of time we have to execute the project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Once we get the money sorted and out of the way, I am a people pleaser. I want to make your music fulfilling for you and the experience to be something that progresses your career. Be motivated and dedicated to your sound and I will be most inspired.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, APPOLLO TWIN Interface, ELAM 251 Microphone, Monitors, Subwoofer
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Music. I have been professionally sustaining myself as a music producer for over five years now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Mathmatical. I hear math in music everywhere. If yall out there are fans of max martin you know what I am talking about ;)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Post Malone. In my opinion he's the best melodist of our generation of artists. And no matter what song he sings he retains a sense of cool factor that no one can top.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Form your mix around your kick drum. For all those out there not far in your mixing and production journey that might not mean a whole lot to you, but for more experienced listeners and mixers/engineers, you'll soon realize the importance of that "step 1" sort of approach.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, EDM, Urban Pop, Trap-Hip Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ear. Listening. It helps me in everything I do including production, mixing, and songwriting. I have been tested to be able to hear on perfect pitch, but I am not trained enough, in music-theory, to fully past the test. Meaning, I don't know the name of the note when you play it, but I can tell you when it is even the smallest fraction out of tune or time. I also have great memory recall for EQ curves across genres. I have studied a mathematical approach that has ingrained the correlations with the balancing process of frequencies.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring creative expansion, extrapolation, vibe, and instinct. I pride my self on stretching the comfort zone of song's original form. I am not afraid to take drastic steps to make a song feel "right" to my ear, and I am also not afraid of change. My instincts help me to hear corrective moves pretty easily, and from there the creative parts of my mind will run wild. All to say, I move extremely fast with my decision-making process, which give my clients a unique sound at a very quick return rate. I feel the power is to capture in the fresh momentum of a newly created idea before that creative momentum becomes stale.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depending on the gig, I typically start with creative brainstorming. I always create a flow of organization every time I create that makes it very easy to stay organized. Each time I approach producing or mixing a song, I start by making the overall song arrangement and flow. From there on I will take care of all the micro details and minor adjustments and additives that give the overall feel a form and flow that has a competitive edge to the end result.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently have access to several situations for studio usage in Los Angeles. I have my own home studio, which allows me to handle production, mixing and instrumental work. I have several studio owner partners that will give me great deals on studio time whenever I am executing with an artist in person, and I have free access to three studios through my publishing deal as long as I have co-writing credit in relation to the usage of those commercial studios (North Hollywood).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by a lot of different people. Production legends that really inspire me include Max Martin, Skrillex, Diplo,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work in a variety of ways really. With the increase in technology and the ability to work remotely, I have developed methods of collaborating with people without having to be there in person in the room. The most common types of work my clients hire me for are: instrumental production, song-writing, vocal producing, vocal mixing, full song mixes, mastering, vocal editing, timing, and tuning, and adding additional production to take their song to completion.