Billboard Charting Audio Engineer Specializing in Hip Hop & R&B
Hello my name is Ray Girtley I go by the DBA of Xalent. I have been engineering professionally for 10 years and specialized in R&B Hip Hop and Pop music along with poscast and radio tracking. Originally from New Orleans La attended Atlanta Metropolitan college and Omnitech Institute in Atlanta Ga while there starting my pro career by working at Black Tattoo & Soul Asylum Studios and handling sessions for Gucci Mane Trillville Andre 3000 and others. In 2010 I moved to NYC and have worked with a numver of different clients and studios throughout the tristate.
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Interview with Xalent
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: there's a few but I'm proud of all my sessions when the client walked away more than satisfied with the finished product
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Various different projects that come through the studio daily including my own personal projects
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: New to this so not at the current moments
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital mainly and because of productivity
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That if they can do their part as an artist I will deliver on my end as a engineer
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I have the freedom to be and do what I love without restrictions
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Who have I worked with My answer: a few people
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That its a simple press of a button or click of a mouse to produce a great sounding song
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your intentions for the project your creating? How do you normally work?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The more information and input you have for your product the better I can assist in bringing your idea into reality
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Akai MPD, AKG, Headphones, and Samson USB Condensor Microphone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path is to start from music recording and evolve into television and radio audio engineering. I have been an enginner professional for 10 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Efficient Fast Meticulous
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kendrick Lamar Quavo Bryson Tiller Kehlani Tory Lanes Chris Brown Ty Dollar Sign Big Sean
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Whatever you craft your production with master it
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The ability to improvise
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: DJ Quik, 1500 or Nothin', Big Krit, 9th Wonder, Alchemist, London on da track, aarabmuzik, etc
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Tracking Vocals Mixing prerecorded vocals and music production