You need that sound that's different from all other sound? I'm your guy specializing in complex keys, crazy drums and futuristic sounds. I've produced music for established artists and up-incoming artist as well.
I am a music producer specializing in production of Hip Hop and R&B music along with many other genres. I have been producing for 14 years and I am located in Columbus, GA, but I'm always back and forth to Atlanta when needed. I am big on complex keys and drum/ percussion orchestration. If you want a new type of sound, look no further.
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Interview with PetDaRocka
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The proudest project that I worked on was my own project which released in 2016. The Album was call Third Flow and it was my first major album under my independent label. It was such a major accomplishment to me because I produced, mixed and written every record on with the exception of the feature artist. I also came up with the art work for the cover, I did all the promotions and I manage to release my album on over 100 music sites world wide. Such a wonderful feeling especially when your work pays off. Regardless on how well it did. It just felt good.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on several artists albums to include my pre-album before my next major album. I am a perfectionist when it come to music in general so I project is probably going to take forever to release, but hey, I'm independent, so I can take my time to give the world the best of me.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I do not at this moment.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital is the future of music in my opinion. Even though analog give that feeling of back in the days, we must realize that almost everything is so easier to do when I comes to digital. Sampling is so easy, Instrumentation and programming is so convenient and doesn't require so much work. I believe with the right work ethic, you can recreate that analog song and also give it that digital twist.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to give my clients the best work I can possibly give. My problem is I am perfectionist when it come to my creation so If it doesn't sound good to me, It will never reach the clients ear. I will work until I get it right.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom to express my self thru my music. Just like a picture, music is worth a thousand words. So much emotions can be displayed thru music. I love it when the client can feel a certain way after listening to my productions.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make beats like such and such? I tell them no. If you want such and such, then I am not who you are looking for.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I probably sound like every other producer, seeing that I am from the south. But this is without even listening to what have to offer. Contrary to belief, I've been all over the world to include overseas, so I pick up a lot of styles and I try to merge them together to create that unique sound, that artists need in their life.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your project about? What kind of story are you trying to tell in this record? Are you open to ideas and styles out of the norm?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You never know what diamond in the rough you may found. Be open to suggestions.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, MIDI Keyboard (25 Key), Reference Headphones. Sorry, I only have three.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Futuristic exploratory type style. I am more incline to push the artist into trying new types of instruments other than what been used/ overused, all while keeping that same hip hop feel.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Almost all of the big names just to introduce them to a new style of production. I would like to work more with some of the legends in production just because I am still learning and they could give me the best insight of music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Stick to what you know. Don't try to sound like the next person just because it is hot at the moment. It may not last forever. Artists came to you for your style, not for you to sound like the next man. Take what you know and make them love what you have. You will last longer.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop more than anything. R&B second. Everything else I dabble in, but proficient enough to make great production.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Uniqueness. There is a lot of producers in the industry. Some Great, some good, and some that are just not good at all. I hope to be great to the point I leave a imprint in the production world. I like to use the term "Concept Music" making sure the production that I give is base on the concept of their Album or record they are working on.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Which each and every client, I try to bring a movie thru sound feel to the sound. Like I mention before, one my biggest inspiration is a movie score composer, so when I working, I am trying to implant a story in the artists head, hoping they can see my vision.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to gather my thoughts on the song that I will be producing for the client and break it down to what type of instrumentation I will be using. Once I get that idea, I begin by working on the instruments first. I try to make the music as big and epic as possible to grab the listeners ear. Then I start working on the programming of the drums and percussions to compliment the style of song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Akai MPK88 Key Controller, a M-Audio, a set of KRK Rokkits,, a UA Apollo Twin Interface and a 16 Channel ICON Pro Q mixer in my Control/ Production Room. In my Recording booth, my microphone of choice is the APK C414 XLii.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Movie Sound Composers like Hans Zimmer, credited to blockbuster movies like Man Of Steel, Dunkirk, and so many more inspire me the most as I eventually want to become a movie score composer. I grew up to artists like The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo) and Timbaland. There are also producers like Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mannie Fresh and Kanye West, that I also like to listen to for inspiration.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.