Low-cost, easily accessible and great results.
Hello, i'm based in Brampton, Ontario and am here to help your music sound professional and competitive. I specialize mostly in Urban music (Hip-Hop, Electronic, R&B). I can mix your records, master you records and/or record your vocals in my studio as well. Furthermore, I am an experienced songwriter and can help you write the tune you imagine. Finally, I can help with production if needed during the process without extra cost (Unless i'm expected to produce a whole record in which case i'll have to charge but otherwise, I would be happy to add little flourishes throughout the production if requested).
I am easy to work with and promise quick turnarounds. I like to keep revisions to no more than 3 rounds of edits but I acknowledge that sometimes, records/projects require more than that and this can be negotiated if necessary,
My schedule is flexible. For example, I could work late night and/or early mornings if needed.
Terms & Conditions:
$20/hour if recording in my studio.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Easy Sheperd
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing vocals, primarily
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process includes speaking with the client(s) to get an idea of what he/she wants and executing accordingly. I will typically send a draft, receive revisions and edit accordingly. I will not add anything to the record that I believe will make it stronger unless the client gives me permission to do so. I've definitely learned that the client's needs/wants are of upmost importance - not my own. I definitely want to ensure the client is happy and work with his/her vision.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a large skillset that includes recording, mixing, mastering, songwriting, producing and arrangement. I am well versed in a lot of different musical styles so i can recommend/suggest/include techniques and tricks from different references to make a more ecclectic and stronger record.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is definitely listening. At the end of the day, I love music and I love speaking to and working with other artists. Just to collaborate on a record and work with other creatives is highly enjoyable so listening is definitely my strongest skill.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If I could share one music production tip, it is to listen to, study and learn from different producers/artists. Take the time to listen to things outside of your comfort zone, learn to appreciate those things and incorporate what you have learned into your own music. I find that artists tend to stick to their particular niche of music and don't actively listen to things they may not immediately like or appreciate. Much like other forms of art, different styles of music can be an ACQUIRED taste and require repeated listening to like/appreciate.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with Skrillex because I am a big fan of his creative choices, process and skillset.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with different artists on different kinds of music.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I enjoy listening to experimental Dance music by artists like Flume and The Underscores and applying those elements within Hip-Hop and R&B to create a more distinct sound
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is definitely not one to write home about but it is effective. It includes a carpet floor along with a large mattress standing behind the microphone to control the accoustics. This is reinforced with the inclusion of the sE Reflexion Filter I have setup. I use a Neumann TLM 102 microphone which is definitely an incredible microphone with great reviews behind it. I use the Yamaha HS8's (with the addition of bass pads to control bass frequencies) for reference and mixing to great results.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Hip-Hop but I am well versed in different styles including electronic, pop and R&B.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: If i could sum up my style in two words, it'd be 'tension & hype'.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask prospective clients what their influences are, whether they have any reference(s) for the record(s), what vision they personally have for the record (ie., what kind of mood they are going for) and if they'd prefer to work in-person or by other means.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that it requires a high degree of technical skill. Yes, understanding of basic, fundamental ideas like compression, EQ and volume are important but the strength of a record - I believe - is largely a by-product of the engineer's taste and ear.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: my promise to clients is that I work extremely hard to provide you with the music you imagined.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because i've grown up with digital.