I'm a veteran dance/edm/pop music producer. I release music under Man Cub. I compose/produce royalty free music for Premium Beat. Quality is paramount and style is necessary!
I have been producing music for 8 years. I'm located in Albuquerque (yes it's the city from Breaking Bad). I've done remixes for popular artists such as Marshall Marshall. I also write and produce for independent artists and filmmakers.
My main genres are dance, pop, electronic, worship, and orchestral (for short films or commericals). My writing is creative and unique but I am more than willing to create something commerical/mainstream. I own hundreds of world class plugins and samples. I have studio microphones, guitars, and synthesizers to provide a unique sound.
I include mixing and mastering in every project I work on, using top of the line equipment and plugins. I am happy to help with the project in any way I can! Let's make soemthing great!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Alec Berve
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production - writing/producing a song from scratch to be sung over or to be used as an instrumental. Ghost Production - same concept and you get all the credit as if you created it. Beat Proudction - hip-hop beat from scratch for rapping over or to be used as an instrumental.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beatles are legendary songwriters, so they inspire me to write great music! Avicii has such a fun, timeless sound that I love. Porter Robinson inspires me to push my creative boundaries and to think outside the box.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Professional home studio - professional KRK speakers, small mixing board, audio interface, mic/instrument preamps, Fender Telecaster, Prophet 12, Modular Synthesizer, Korg MS-20, and full size midi piano for songwriting.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The approach usually involves allowing myself to get carried away creatively; I go back and change all the minor details later. If I'm given creative direction by an artist or if I have some inspiration, the process is usually smoother. I typically start by writing something on the guitar or piano.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity and thinking outside the box; but I can do commerical stuff too.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a really full sound! And the quality/clarity of the mix is paramount to me.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If a lead sound or vocal is too sharp, use the Fletcher-Munson curve along with some compression to soften it up without taking away its strength in the mix.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Skrillex because Skrillex.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Powerful, fun, and creative.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: To be a music producer! 8 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My piano, my acoustic guitar, a Juno-60, my drum samples, and a Moog Voyager.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Come in having a creative direction and current musical inspirations. That way I know how to approach the song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What feeling or emotion do you want to convey? What should the energy be like? Are you trying to express something; if so, what? Who are your main creative influences? Mainstream or alternative?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Nobody has a clue what music producers do.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just love making good music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Both are great and have their own good characteristics.