In the world where there is an oversaturation of mix engineers know the real secrets behind audio is key;to break down the philosophical reasons for a mixing approach enhances your ability to connect with client in an unprecedented way....i have that ability and more,give me a chance to display my creativity on your mixes...I am Beast.
I am a Mix Engineer/Producer/Voice-Over Talent with 15 years of experience in the music business mixing all different genres of music but mostly Hip Hop,R&B and Dancehall and i have also advertised for a long list of major companies both local and abroad.Really hoping to get some work done on this medium and i really like to work with serious clients.
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Interview with Big Beast
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A project for Hungry Lion Records and Glendevon Records
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: no not at the moment...have not been really active on here but if I do find someone I will make that recommendation
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both...they have different characteristics yes but with polarity it makes both easier. AES, AES3 or Analog love them both.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will get it where you want it and my philosophy is to find a way or make one.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Doing it...Polarity always amazes me
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Well I have a ton of plugins if not all the major ones that ppl die for however when I do a mix I hardly ever use any because of polarity so people think that I'm doing nothing on their mixes till they get back the final mix and wonder why it sounds so big or so clear with no visible plugin effort.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is you vision for your project?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Good conversation and ideas to see if we connect in our reasoning because that is always where it starts for a great working relationship to be a success.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Prism Atlas, HDX, Sennheiser HD800, Clarity M, MacBook Pro Laptop 16inch
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been at it for a minute now 20+ years and counting...always wanted to be the best at what I do and provide the final outlook for my clients....cuz seeing their vision is where it really is at
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm known for clarity's that with an in your face, aggressive nature
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Sia cuz I think that she pushes an engineer to their outer limits in regards to creativity.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always make sure that your setup is fully calibrated,....know your speakers.....always have a friend that understands what you are doing to give you a good critique on your mixes...invest in a good interface..... take your time to listen to a lot of music, period.....ear training is a must....don't monitor too loud.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Understanding sound and how sound works really is the key to mixing just about any genre of music...but mainly Dancehall & Reggae [because of my geographical location] Pop, Afrobeat, Trap, Hip Hop, Gospel
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Clarity through polarity
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring depth, clarity, emotion [which is important], mono compatibility, dimension, stereo width, height and overall charisma/ energy
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process is simple but highly effective....Tuning of vocals and instruments followed by polarity fixing and then the actual mixing which normally is the fun part.I taught myself most of what I know to this day
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Well I'm sort of a gear junkie with a total love for clear concise full range sound and I get that only from Prism stuff...that's why I have invested fully in their products such as the Atlas and the Lyra 2. However I also have Apogee Mk1 & Mk2 which are brilliant in their conversion and I also use Lynx Aurora N for my summing which goes out to a Dangerous 2Bus+. Monitoring is done exclusively by my Crane Song Avocet which upsamples the audio to 96k [this is done with a simple jumper setting] I use Wireworld clocking cable and Mogami Interconnects [Part No.2549 preferably]
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Well that list is very long however I have to start out with my friends who come as the 1st leg of my inspiration...like Christopher Birch, Rural Area, Dreday, Sarge. Black Spyda. Then on the outside of that, mainly stuff done by Manny, Serban, Maserati, Salam Remi and many more
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do mainly mixing and mastering