Analog or digital and why?
In this time and age you can't do without digital gears; they're getting better and awesome everyday.
I can do a lot without analog, and it will turn out great, but you will always miss the feel of analog. This is why I prefer both.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
The questions ranges from:
What is your price package? to
How long have you been doing this?
My answers are, as per price, it depends!
As per how long, close to 10, listen to my songs.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My microphone AKG C414LII,
Audio Interface (sound-card),
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been a musician all my life. I started singing and composing as long as I could remember; maybe 7 years old.
I started rapping about 15 to 20 years ago.
I created a music band in secondary school.
I joined my church choir at 19 and learnt to play the instruments.
I soon began learning to make beats and to produce.
I released my first album in 2015.
and my current album in 2017.
Can you share one music production tip?
Yes for sure!
One of my production tips is do not look for perfection in the process and learn to compromise when you have to.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio is simple. Imac 27'' inch, i5.
KRK Rokit 6 3g. I am currently eyeing the Event Opal.
A lot of Plugins and Vsts,
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
If you find time, listen to Gbadu, Burn Tha Cash and Fall In Luv.
These are some of my biggest projects and I did everything.
What are you working on at the moment?
Promoting my current album and singles, connecting with other artists, and writing new songs.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I am still new to SoundBetter, and hope to hook up with a lot of people soon. So no one for now!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll do my best.
What do you like most about your job?
Producing music is one of my most enjoyed thing.
To take nothing and turn it into something, that you can enjoy, feel, hear and touch is a great thing to me.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I think the biggest misconception is that the producer is a magician who is solely responsible for the song to be a good or great song. It is rather a partnership, a collaboration of the artist and producer.
Another great misconception is the cheaper the rate, the bad producer he is. Numbers don't make music; talent and skill does.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I ask my clients, what are their market?
Who are their audience?
What do they represent and what is their common brand message.
Who are their competition?
And how do they want to leave their listeners feeling after listening to these songs
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen to his past projects and see if you like your music to sound any similar. Find out if he is more of a listener than a talker. See if he is flexible and welcomes opinion happily. And finally, find out if he is a 'Going For The Best' type of guy or lady.
How would you describe your style?
They say my style is attractive (charming), confident, braggadocios, confronting and sweet.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to meet and work with DMX while he is still alive. To me he is a legend, and he influenced me a lot growing up.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip hop, RnB, Trap, Afrobeat
What's your strongest skill?
It's hard for me to tell which one is my strongest skill.
What do you bring to a song?
Experience! There are a lot of producers out there. Good producers. I like to stand out in everything. My number one rule in the production process is to create an experience. When I take a song or an idea from an artist, I immediately start creating visions and images. I want the listeners to see this pictures and have this experience when they hear the final song.
What's your typical work process?
I start by listening to the artist, I want to understand the idea. I jump unto my DAW. Create a new project, title,detect the tempo, and start messing around with my keyboard and vsts.
I like to find the chord progressions quick. Sometimes it's better I start with the drums. Most importantly, my sound selection for each song; everything has to agree.
Next, beat is made. variations are created. I don't wait for everything to be perfect, I just keep going.
I may change something later, or replace something.
I get the artist mentally prepared to record his/her vocals. This is one of the most important part to me in the process. I like to refer to it as "performance" not mere vocal recording.
Next is more arrangement, then mixing and finally mastering.
Then a lot of listening session afterwards.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Fella, Dr Dre, Tupac, DMX, Drake, Young Thug, Migos, Future, Bob Marley
Diplo, Krizbeat, Rihanna, Ty Dolla $ign Tiwa Savage, Davido, Yemi Alade
Burna Boy, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Russ
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing and Mastering, Production, Arrangement, Composing, Writing and Recording.