What are you working on at the moment?
Can not disclose at this time.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not at the moment.
Analog or digital and why?
Both, no one world has all he solutions there are pros and cons to everything so best to have everything.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To do our utmost to provide professional quality work to their projects at reasonable prices.
What do you like most about your job?
The creative Process. Listening to artist try to make the sounds in their head with their mouth...endless laughs! Watching the faces of artist light up when they hear exactly what hey are looking for.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: "Can you do this genre or that genre..."
A: Yes, can you be any more vague?
Q: I want a track like such and such track can you make one for me?
A: Yes, now try narrowing your focus.
Q: Can you Mix this tack for me?
Q: Can you Master this track?
Q: About how much will such and such cost?
A: It varies but it is important that you know that in the music industry, you will often times get what you pay for.
Q: Can you get me a melody and a "top line" and a singer?
A: Yes and no. We provide services for artists. If you have made part of a track or have an idea partly finished (Like a composition or something you have sung) we can help. Or if its just from scratch.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I cant Read Minds People!!! Dont expect to get what you want without first telling producers what you want. We know describing music can be hard especially if its something that's rather unique so be patient and use references when you can. Better yet Try making it yourself and we will take it from there.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Well this is a very long list usually we interview artist for an hour or so and listen to what they have, have them walk us through it, and take lots of notes. But if I had pick a few I would say, What they want in the track, What sounds, What tone (soft, subtle, aggressive, hard), What is the Focus of the track, Lyrics or Music? What do you want your listeners to hear(prioritize).
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do your research. know what you want and how you want it. Professionals are good but they cant read minds. Sounds are difficult to describe so using specific references can help. If your going for something unique then try and find tracks that sound similar in genre, BPM, ext...
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Ha, trick question... since I only get 5 id stick with my DAW. Laptop, Midi controller, Headphones, Prophet 12.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Ive been playing with music since 2007 but some of the other guys have been doing it professionally for almost 15 years. We all started differently, I got into the music industry as a result of going to clubs and Djing then on to production, sound design and composition.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I cant really talk about most of my work, non-disclosure agreements and all that...
How would you describe your style?
My style is constantly evolving. I cant say that I have a style I am rather pragmatic so i adjust settings and flow according so what feels right at the moment and based on experience.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Probably Tijs Michiel Verwest, hes been in the industry for a long time and grandfathered an entire genre. There no telling how many artists are being heard because of him today.
Can you share one music production tip?
Dont short change your creative process, if you find something you like try and recreate it instead of just copying it. Even if its just so you know how they did it. This will help you have a better understanding and a greater appreciation for not only their skill but also your own. And you can always use a similar technique to create your own unique stuff the way you want it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop and EDM for the most part. Occasionally we will get into some industrial, rock, or even indie tracks.
What's your strongest skill?
Personally I work with sound design and initial production, mostly just the individual pieces before they start getting mixed but we each have a specialty, we like to think of ourselves as a special forces team or something. We each bring a different element that we focus on.
What do you bring to a song?
Well we each ave a different genre specialty but most of us stay within pop and EDM styles. Id say we bring a creative atmosphere and an interesting feel to each track. Nothing should ever sound the same in our opinion.
What's your typical work process?
It varies from job to job really. Each of us has a different process that kind of complements one another. We rarely work jointly because when we do we tend to toss ideas around until the end of the day, nothing seems to get done.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Pretty much the standard professional grade studio. We of course all have our own personal studios and work spaces elsewhere but as far as the main studio goes we try to keep an open and relaxed environment. Most people hang out in the control room but we have a lounge and kitchen where all the engineers like to hang. SSL mixers, a Buchla and some other modular synths, the effect rack is packed with pretty much everything you can think of and more in storage, The Recording studio has adjustable absorption and reflection panels to amp up live recording sound. A variety of mics to many to name but we usually stick to just a few we like and know.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Well this is a difficult question really depends on the genre. If I had to pick 5 I would probably say Manuel Schleis, Jeff Abel, Tijs Verwest, Karl Johan Schuster, and few ghost producers I cant name.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Typically we provide production and sound design services but occasionally we will compose for singers and help write lyrics.