Up and coming Producer, Engineer out of Memphis, TN taking after his Grammy Award Winning Great Grandfather; Composer, Producer, Engineer, & Musician "Willie Mitchell" founder of the world famous, "Royal Studios" where his grandfather jump started artist "Al Green's" career. Along with other artist such as Ann Peebles, John Mayer, and many more.
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Interview with Scodde
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my clients need tracking and mixing, and maybe a re-mix every once in a while if they receive any work from someone else that they weren't satisfied with.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jimmy Douglass! That guy right there is a mixing genius! his work is so pristine and powerful, i would say he is my most influential musician by far.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Im working off Pro Tools 9HD, Yamaha NS-10, SSL Duality SE 48, D.W. Fearn VT-1, Fairchild 660, UA - 176, and a AKG 414 EB.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically start with meat of the song, where all instruments are playing simultaneously, and start with the drums, then bass and then the music, depending on the song, but I like trying new ways to approach mixes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: LIFE! as a mixer you have to bring every aspect of a song to life, no matter what you have to do to it, there aren't any rules in music. So if you think that a vocal would sound better with a ton of distortion on it for that particular record go for it! Just be creative.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing for sure is my strongest skill.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Majority of the time I'm cutting and mixing Hip-Hop and R&B records, but i also have done some mixing on country, and a blues instrumentals.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to try something new! if it takes you out your comfort zone do it it might work if not try something new, thats what "Command Z" is for!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pharrell! Another Genius! i really want to just trail under his wing and learn from him, his creativity is out of this world, he's a phenomenal dude!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say that my style is more old school and modern at the same time, just because of the simple fact that i love live music, but i love programmed music as well. So its kinda tough for me to really give you an answer, give me a year and i'll definitely know my style.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Mixing has been my career of choice for about 6 years now, but actually being in the field, i would say 2 or 3 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: API Legacy 48, UA Apollo 16, Trashcan Mac, AKG 414, UA 6176 Chanel Strip.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please make sure everything is cut right, so mixers like myself don't have to stress as much to make a vocal sound as good as possible.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision, how do you want your music to be betrayed?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: the biggest it that i know how to master! haha when i really don't mastering is serious job man; mastering alone can either make or break or a record!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working on music, and i love to hear music before it comes out and i love it even better when i get to put my own touches to the music as well.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I treat EVERY record i touch as if it were mine, and as if i know its going platinum as soon as it hits the market.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: ANALOG! most definitely, just because you can never get any better than that.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Im working on bettering myself, as an engineer and also as a regular individual in life period.