Been playing shows and fiddling with recording equipment for 25 years. If you need unique sounds or songs let's collaborate. I'm easy to work with and know how to REALLY listen and understand what you're after. I don't have flashy credits but I've managed to raise a family, work a day job and still do creative work I'm proud of.
Point Break Swayze is a songwriter, producer, visual artist and designer. Writes and produces across genres (pop, rock, electronic, r&b) and can topline tracks. Works in a creative combo of analog and digital. Has lots of musician friends he can get on your tracks (need mandolin? I can hook you up.) If you need weird "Bon Iver meets THE WEEKND" falsetto vocals he can help with that too. Swayze has created everything from purely ambient "sleep" music to noise rock, hip hop and everything in between. This bro loves music, ALL music.
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I had a great experience working with Point Break Swayze. I highly recommend making records with him. He's a talented musician and producer who communicates well and takes care of business. Looking forward to the next project! Thank you
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Sok was great to work with. No complaints would work again. His song was fun and he is a great producer/writer
Interview with Point Break Swayze
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I tend to produce, engineer and write songs for people. Sometimes I mix and master but would not consider it my specialty. I'm a creative person who can come at things from new angles and help people find unique sounds.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love anything creative and everything well-crafted. I'm inspired by producers like Jake Uno, Dr. Dre, Nigel Godrich, Diplo, and Benny Blanco. I have a lot of respect for the talents of The Weeknd, Beck, Khalid, Years & Years, Flume, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Vulfpeck and Major Lazer.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Bedroom studio. I have a weird collection of analog gear and oddities that I use with a pretty minimal digital setup that includes a Mac laptop, Logic Pro X (primarily,) MPC Element, a usb keyboard and a collection of mics, guitars and drums.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I either start with a beat/track and topline it, or I start on guitar. I've played electric and acoustic guitar for 25 years. Sometimes I will have an idea and build from there, or a certain sound or chord progression will "click" and I'm off and running. If I'm working with a client I start by asking a TON of questions.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring creativity, strong arrangement skills, a great ear, lyrical acumen and empathy for the listener.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing tracks.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, pop, rock, hip hop, r&b.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Creative, unique, emotional, organic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been making music for 25 years. Started in high school playing in rock bands and doing some hip hop on the side. In college, I played guitar in a grunge band and put out some local indie-pop albums. Started learning DAW production and MPC after college and have been playing shows, writing songs and producing ever since.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Electric guitar, Shure SM58, Macbook, Apogee Duet, Arturia MiniLab MKII
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open to collaboration and creativity. If you need a studio player or an engineer to execute the technical aspect of your vision then I'm not your guy. I'm a creator, I make things and if you want to invent something or bring a layer of uniqueness to a project then we can work well together.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Start with the usual: Deadlines, budgets, any non-negotiable aspects to the project. I like to do what I call "HFR" which is Hear, Feel, Remember. So I ask clients what they want listeners to hear, feel, and remember. With these three pieces of data I can then ask deeper questions about sound and feel and audience.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That making beats is the hard part and writing the song is the easiest part. Beats are a dime a dozen, there are a million good beats out there now online for you to get your hands on. Being able to turn a beat or a melody or some chords into a song is the real magic.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can I get it for free or trade you for something? My answer is no. :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating, making something that didn't exist a minute ago. Working with creative people.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH, all the time. Whatever it takes to get good sounds it what I want to use. It's fun to take some analog sound and twist it up into some crazy synth-sounding line or vice versa, play a synth out of a speaker and re-record it back in.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Wes Rider (Skrilla) https://soundbetter.com/profiles/16258-wes-writer-(skrilla) He did a verse on my EP and it was amazing, very easy to work with. Daramola https://soundbetter.com/profiles/50164-daramola He did a vocal for me and was awesome.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on an EP called "Point Break Swayze EP." Five songs and two music videos.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I mixed and mastered The Sons of Otis Malone's first album and although I didn't have much to do with it they are my good friends and I had a blast working with them. I also shot and edited a video for them.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: For almost every type of music, the vocal performance is the MOST important thing. Everything else is valuable and matters, but a great vocal performance is why people listen. Great doesn't necessarily mean professional or perfect either but it has to be compelling or moving or exciting.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Would love to work with Beck but he would probably think I'm a lame dork.