Audio the way you desire it... If it ain't satisfactory, then it's just called wasting time.
I thrive off music, the hunger for it is insatiable, and it keeps me tuned in, literally! I've got over 18 years of experience making music, and never seriously thought of perusing it on a mainstream level. Instead, I'll make this part of my contribution, by lending a helping hand to who ever wants it. Go ahead, take advantage, I'm ready to be useful.
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Interview with Starr-1one Productions
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Ultimately over all else, mixing and making selective instrumentals with request, or I propose alternatives from my collection of music files.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'll be honest....I've never really had a specific music figure industry wise, that I truly admired enough to be inspired by. Now to be fair, I can name a few that I just like in general like; "Just Blaze", Kanye, and Tupac, whether alive or not, this is it for now.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Huge L shaped Workstation Desk, with my *8 keyboard at mid level, 2 studio monitors, mid range and highs, 2 12" subs for my low end, two 48" monitors(flat Tv's) mounted, and then there's my software loaded on my Server Workstation computer.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Well, let's say someone is introducing me to a person, who need some help with for instance, recording a song, and they don't have the means at the moment. I simply listen with a good ear, and search for potential, even if it may not exist right out. For example, if the person is dry, and talking over the "beat", I'd suggest right away how to improve the vocal delivery, and help to establish a Rap pattern that could possibly fire up the song. Listing with a good ear for music, helps me to establish creative possibilities is my typical process over all.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My emotions, whatever I'm feeling with each new song, will poor into the development, or outcome of the project. If it's my song, then I'll of course over see things, if it's for someone else, I'll incorporate their vision like it's my own, until we're both happy.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The ability to be creative... We all are creative, I mean some have doubt that they are, then there are those like myself who fully embrace it, and manifest something beautiful.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Primarily Hip-hop in this day and age, but I'm open to other genre's as well.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never create a final piece of work without different forms of compression on it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It's hard to say with the new generation of artist out today, but if I had to choose, it would be Lil, Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye, and Cory Gunz at the moment.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'd say my style is abstract, just whatever the mood is with me. So I like to be mysterious, hard to pinpoint, because I strive to keep things progressive in a non-algorithmic kind of way.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I actually didn't believe I could make money on my own. Being self employed was more like a fear than anything. I eventually erased the negative thinking, and made a leap in my life. If I had not took a chance, I definitely would not be where I am now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Actually, one would be enough, and with that being the circumstance, it would have to be my laptop. Just all digital music input data at that point, and that's fairly easy!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: look for a good personality, someone you'd want to continue to work with even after the first project. The thing you don't need, is someone with a cocky, arrogant persona, because their ego is over developed.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Usually, what are you looking for ultimately? What's your vision? What sound are you looking for?How can I make this comfortable for you? That's pretty much the norm at times...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That if you're a beginner, you can jump right in, but that's not the case. You need to evolve first, which takes time, so you can learn how to work and provide a service like this to those who want it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do I ghost write? Can I help make them an artist? Can I give them direction? My reply is yes, great platforms can be built with grooming the talent, and patience which is a key factor.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To be able to do something you honestly love, and gain your own version of success from it. You just can't beat a job like that, I mean it's not real work, it's fun!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To provide great quality, which in my opinion, beats quantity. You can have 100 reviews, but if they're more negative than good, then what's the use of the work you're putting in? 20 flawless reviews, says way more than a large amount of bad ones.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, why? It can be pushed further than Analog, the limit is greater. Analog for example, would distort far faster than digital sound. But, it's boils down to preference, and that may not be a factor for most.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I do not know anyone personally on here as of yet. If that eventually changes, then this section will be updated without any doubt.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment, I'm sampling old soul records, from people that where not well known...or if at all. It's definitely exciting coming across rare music that most just don't have.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In my early years, I had to put together a live performance show CD, for a local unknown artist I worked with for years. I surprised myself with all the breaks, sound fx, and mixing that went on to make it more than just a selection of songs. I produced everything entirely with that project, and many more that followed.