My name is Spenser Sterling I am an artist/producer currently working out of the New Jersey/New York City area. I am originally from Michigan but moved to the East to pursue my career in music. My speciality is working with indie artists and bringing an alternative vibe to any style Im working with.
As an artist and composer with a background in band/orchestra I offer a wide range of services and a very hands on approach to any project. Vocal coaching and production, beat and song arrangement/programming, instrumental composition and production, session editing and vocal comping. I am capable of engineering and versed in Pro Tools. Mixing in various DAWs whether for vocals or entire sessions.
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- Music production for the track "By My Side" for Pop artist Inia (Radio release 2014)
- Music production for the track "Mind and Body" for Hip Hop artist DaDean29 (P.O.P. 2013)
- Engineering and production credits with independent artist Chucky Grand (Welcome to the Cypher 2010)
- Soundtrack to indie movie pilot with Shirlyn C. and Kareema Bee (STONED 2013)
- Soundtrack to indie movie short with Kareema Bee (Wanderlust 2014)
- Producer artist and mixing engineer for "Both Sides of the Spectrum" EP 2015
- Producer artist and mixing engineer for "SOTG" album 2015
- Producer artist and mixing engineer for "The Brotherz Grimm" EP 2016
- Producer artist and mixing engineer for "the Interim" EP 2016
- Producer artist and mixing engineer for "Green Grapes and Yogurt" Beattape 2016
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Interview with Spenser Sterling
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My album I put out in 2019 called RWA. Before this project I hadn't been consistently coming out with music or performing. Its a little hard to explain but during the creation process, I knew that I was on the right path. A shift happened in quality and presence. The work I had been putting in prior was really starting to pay off. Also an added bonus was the feedback from supporters. I was able to reach people in a real way.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Writing for another personal project/EP. I have already purchased beats from a producer I like and Im writing the songs now.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes Curtis Subryan and Michael Makowski
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog! Im going to take the personal route.... Because of my background in band/orchestra nothing beats the real thing. The sound and feel can never really be duplicated.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Im a human too....just like you! When we are involved my focus is very specific! Get to your goal with you!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I can assist someone in being able to fully express themselves. In turn I can express myself! Also meeting new people and building relationships through passion are usually the best kinds.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much? And my answer is usually negotiable. There are specific services I have set prices for but most projects require a little more or less.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My race. For some reason some people have a hard time seeing past the light skin. Like it actually matters.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What inspires them in life and in the potential project. The purpose of the project. If its for a loved one, in reaction to a specific moment in their life or just because they're inspired to.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Understand that customer service is my goal. I bring a whatever it takes attitude to every interaction.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Hard Drive. Keyboard workstation. Laptop. Beyer Dynamic DT 770 Pro Headphones. Shure SM58
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path has always been music in one way or another. Ive been musician since I was 8 so when I went to college, I studied music production and engineering. Wanting to hone my skills I did just about everything and now Ive become focused on mainly music production and artistry. Ive been doing this since 2010
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Alternative with a specialty in Adult Contemporary
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Hit Boy because of his expertise in sound. He has been able to create a solid sound that is flawless for him. Uniquely and characteristically his! Brian Tyler because by the time I met him I had already listened to his music and was inspired. He was a great person when I met him and that is an inspiring thing to find in the music industry.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be yourself always!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop and RnB
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Song production and lyric writing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Other than my unique sound, I bring a level of experience in song writing and customer service. After years of working in major and home studios, I've found that etiquette is paramount. Also just being a solid human being.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When working alone, I like to start with keys/melody then drums. This can also vary if Im working on a specific project or type of beat. When working with a customer, I always start with an actual conversation or a detailed description of the project. Then I send updates to the customer to ensure consistency of the product.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Im currently using an Output desk as my station. 7in Adam monitors. MacBook Pro 15 running Logic Pro X and Pro Tools current versions. Main creation DAW is Logic Pro X and Komplete Kontrol Keyboard with Komplete Ultimate.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Just Blaze, David Porter, Brian Tyler, Mixed by Ali, Hit Boy
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full musical composition and creation. Session preperation and clean up. Mixing and mastering. Track arrangement and production. Male vocals as a rapper. Ghost writing.