Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
One of the proudest moments of my career was working on Termanology's "Shut up and Rap" album. It was the first big record i was a part of and got to work and mix some great artists. I was in charge or recording and prelimnary mixes of the entire record. Featured artists inclueded Sky Zoo, Torae, Michael Christmas, and Chilla Jones.
What do you like most about your job?
Helping an artist see their vision come through the speakers.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A question i get asked a lot is, "How long does it take to mix a song?". My answer is always, "Well it depends.." ha. But it really does. Are you working with a two track? do you have the beat tracked out? Does this track have 8 rappers on it? I would say I can rip through a track in an hour or two, sometimes more but an hour is usually the minimum amount of time it takes.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That you need a huge studio to make a great sounding product. Simply not true. Some of the best records in music history were done on limited gear. The important thing is experience and knowing how to use what you have.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure that you are comfortable communicating with whoever you hire, and don't be afraid to ask for what you want. The more info and references you give the easier it is to pin point and lock down your sound.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Assuming i have electricity, I would take my computer, my two monitors, a subwoofer, and a keyboard. Can do everything with those tools. I have done great work in the studio I work at, but have also mixed some great records with just these items.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started making beats when I was in 7th grade which evovled into me recording and mixing my friends in my basement throughout highschool. After highschool i went to Boston Universities CDIA program where i studied Audio production. I got an internship at a recording studio right after where i worked day and night for 2 years straight. I was then hired as in house engineer and producer where I worked for 7 plus years with all sorts of artists.
Can you share one music production tip?
Let it be organic. The worst thing you can do is force music. This is way easier said than done, but if you can just step away when things aren't flowing, and come back to it later the results are always better.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I mainly work on rap, but have worked on every genre under the sun.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring an experienced, creative ear and adaptability. I have been making beats and producing for a majority of my life so every time i sit down to mix I am bringing that production ear to the process.
What's your typical work process?
It's always different, but what i always start with is trying to get a vision for what my client wants. What sounds inspire him/her and what direction they want their record to go in. After that I just start mixing and that process is always changing depending on the track. Once again, the most important part to me is matching the song to the vision.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio set up is very simple, I have my computer, pro tools and a bunch of plug ins. I have a great set of monitors, a subwoofer, and a well treated room. More importantly, I have been working with this set up for a while so I know how to get the right sound in this room.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm very inspired by Sampha, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, and Kaytranda to name a few. All of these guys have a great ear for composition and production and always push the envelope when it comes to how their records are mixed.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The majority of my work is mixing. I have clients who record with me, but most of the time I have clients send me recorded tracks that they want polished.