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Based in New York City, Christopher Chrisman composes, produces, mixes and masters in all genres including Drum & Bass, Rock, Pop, Trance, and Dub-step, he is also a guitarist, bassist, pianist, drummer, singer and composer. Resulting in orchestral and jazz elements that give his music a unique and versitile sound. Chris is also a producer of film and theater with over 25 years in the business. His credits include several feature films as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows.
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Interview with Chris Chrisman
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I compose, mix and master in all genres. I have also remixed and co-producer a number of singles.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: That list is too huge. You really have to do great work..which is subjective..
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a studio in my home.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: That depends on the work. The first thing I do for any project is LISTEN to music and the client.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My ears, I'll make the song sound as good as possible.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Also my ears. They are hyper trained from years of being an audiophile.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All of it.. Literally
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I can share several. Focus on Quality.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I like to work with people that are excited to work with me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Purist. Less is more
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I spent the beginnings of my career as a player. Plus I m a geek so the Tech and science really grabbed me. Ive been doing for about 7 years with other artists
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Bio fuel generator, Headphones, Mic, laptop, water
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with the person who wants to showoff what YOU the client do. Not themselves.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you think its missing? What do you want it sound like? Whats the Final delivery platform? whats the budget?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: None, what you see and hear is what you get?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do this? YES!!!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Whats not to like? I get make music sound great.. Which way easier then making great music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do the job they requested to best of my ability.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital...cost effective and playback medium. we need stop destroying music with lossy compression.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have remixed a few songs with Avion Blackstone. mixed and mastered. Proud as it was my first write up in magazine.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently making music for licensing and working with an artist on another remix.