Where You're Going, You've Been
James Staten, from Detroit, Michigan, is an up and coming music producer and composer. His influences come from a childhood of Neo-Punk Hardcore genres such as, Metalcore and Post-Hardcore. James has a music theory background stemming from 5 years of independent study in Progressive Metal and Jazz Fusion. Ironically, James now specializes in Electronic music and works in genres such as Trance, House, Indie Dance, and many mashup genres he has invented himself.
James is known for his spectacular melodies, unfettered ambiance, and his unique and unlimited structural boundaries that combine several genres into one song. James writes his music on piano or guitar, as he has 4 years of experience on Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Piano. He puts melody and harmony first, creating a separate universe before he decorates it with premiere sound design that shakes the molds of typical electronic music. He is utterly a never before heard artist and a talented producer willing to work with others to create awesome songs for the whole world to hear.
He is willing to provide endless collaborative efforts, including composing melodies and harmonies and song structures. He can write entire songs, help you write a song you are stuck on, mix a track for you, or produce an entire track for you to showcase in a playlist, video, or any streaming service.
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James was a pleasure to work with. He made it easy for me to deliver what he was looking for with throrough communication and passion. He was very excited about the project, as was I. I'd work with him again anytime!
I had the pleasure of working with James in getting input and suggestions for a song I was working on. He was very supportive and provided critical feedback that helped shape my song into the best possible result. The feedback which he provided ranged from ideas to improve the melodic content of the song, ideas for soundsets, and even suggesting labels to submit my song to after I had finished it. I'd strongly recommend working with him as he provides quality services and friendly support in whichever ways he can.
Interview with James Staten
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: People usually come to me for help on tracks they've been working on and they need an ear to tell them where to take the next part or what a section is missing and I usually can map out an entire song within a few plays and give them a blueprint of directions they could take and how they can achieve. I write a lot of songs personally, mostly Indie driven deep electronic vibes. I've also been working on projects with a few up and coming artists.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Seven Lions bass and atmosphere is truly unparalleled in the EDM scene, I look up to him so deeply in terms of what he stands for with music. The power to tell a story that remains timeless is an essence so lost in music these days. Every song he releases is just fantastic. Puppet is another artist that represents that rebellious nature that I cling to being from a hardcore background. Marshmello, Manse, Porter Robinson; all of these extremely talented artists I sort of learned from their sound design because they got me into Electronic in the first place.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is really simple, I got high dollar Alesis Speakers but a computer that barely makes it run through an export. Everything is cost friendly, and everything I own is in the box. I use Ableton Live 9's standard version and Serum to do most of my work but I also own a electronic guitar that I'll record on for some of my projects.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll get like really dramatically inspired to work on a project whether it be for emotional purposes or testing my sound design limits or both. But either way, when I'm committed to writing a song, I'll usually be stuck on an idea for countless hours either trying to make one or get one out. I'll typically mess around on my guitar or just play piano and find a key that I like and go from there. It all starts with the melody so I usually like coming up with chords first because then it expands my imagination into what melodies could harmonize with it. Instead of writing a melody and building chords around it, I found that if I start with chords, I could easily come up with 3-4 melodies to go along with it that adds lots of dimension to the song I'm trying to create. Every song I make I get lost in so I usually focus on one project at a time. Honestly I'm very critical of my work so if my song isn't remotely emotionally powerful I throw it away no matter how much time I spent on it.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is knowing that I can't be perfect but trying to be so. I put my heart into everything I do so my goal is to make a great song that affects everyone. I want to make an impact on people with my music whether it be through my name is one of my associates.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I find myself working on lots of Indie electronic for whatever reason. But usually my songs will vary tremendously from demo to demo. It depends on what state of mind I'm in.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To not over analyze your spectrum, we often spend to much time worrying about the little details. Make sure the mix is balanced. Focus on the content of the sounds you make and how they relate to each other. Are they pleasing? Typically you don't have to EQ or mix much at all if you make or use the right sounds for your song. Composition comes first.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Puppet because I think we have a similar drive of why we do what we do. I think the emotion would fuse together well. I think the uniqueness we both try to create with the atmosphere could really be powerful.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Right now I've been building a style that is like a laidback melodic dub step, but it's more chilled and atmospheric. It's definitely very cinematic and Indie oriented.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I used to drive racecars for 10 years but after I retired, I kind of needed something to find meaning in. I got into metal music at first and I became obsessed with some bands and genres. I eventually made my way to this scene and it has been an interesting ride to get where I'm at now. I've been producing electronic music for 2 years now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My electric guitar and amp, my interface, laptop, and actually that's about all I need.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you know what you want. Sometimes we are eager to work with someone we just hope they come up with something great. You have to tell them exactly what you're feeling or you may be disappointed with the result.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask to tell me what their vision is because then I believe I can help them hear it come alive.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: 'That I desperately look for something I'm good at and when I fail, I move onto the next thing'. This is not true. Everything I do I stick to if its worth my time and I'm passionate about it. People don't really understand me at all and its part of the reason why I do what I do.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating new things.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I give 100% and I'm committed to every song.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: This song called Where You're Going, Where You've Been. It's the best song I've ever written and I have big plans for it...
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm especially proud of everything I've produced. I think things can be learned from those experiences and I definitely need to finish those songs one day.