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Interview with Cloud 9 Audio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: OKC 76 on reddit's makinghiphop forum. Song sounds awesome. I did everything except choose the samples.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Filling out my soundbetter profile.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I just got here, gimme a sec.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital only. It's 2017 and this is a painfully obvious answer. 5 years ago I would have been on the fence but there is no question now.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will mix and master their music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music, technique, education.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you offer discounts? Inquire for details. Do you do free samples? Inquire for details. Can I get another free sample? No.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It seems faster than it really is.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking to get out of mixing and mastering your music? What do you expect it to sound like? How do you prefer to communicate? Do you prefer a discounts or value added approach?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take your time and make the right decision.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro AKAI MPK Mini mk2 Ableton Push 2 Extra Monitor Shure SRH440 Headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started double bass at 10 years old. Honors orchestra, North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA), Governor's school, and a whole of self teaching went a long way for me. Mixing and Mastering for about 5 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Tasteful, thoughtful, procedural.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lettuce - I love the funk.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mix in mono as much as possible. Use reference tracks to the fullest extent.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Please see genres at top of page.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 20 years music experience, an incredible ear for aesthetics.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Talk with the client to establish wishes and expectations. 2. Work and revise with client's approval. 3. Deliver a finished product. Please see http://www.cloud9audio.com for more information.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steve Duda, Marcus Miller, Jimi Hendrix, J Cole, hundreds more, just ask.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, mastering, music production, arrangement, composition, sound design.