Under the moniker "Aldae Long", Greg Hein has been professionally songwriting for 7 years working with the likes of Jeremih, Game, producer Bongo by the Way, Blackbear, and many more. Greg inked a major deal at Columbia Records for his personal artistry in 2016, but continues to excel in writing and artist development for young indie artists.
Hello there, choosing me for your next job will be a professional, fun, and a creative experience!! I communicate with my clients from start to finish to ensure the best quality product. I consider this a collaborative experience and aim to make my clients feel as comfortable and confident as possible.
I specialize in delivering quality recordings to production sent by the client (instrumentals, beats, etc.) Depending on the job, I typically send song ideas, lyrics, hooks (choruses) for other artists to sing.
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Interview with Greg Hein/Johnson Lot Studios
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I try to be as equally as proud of every single project I do. I would have to say I however very proud of my own project that I'm writing, recording, and producing on.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on my personal album, which i'm really excited about.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend Mickey Shiloh, we're great friends and do just about the same thing.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I would have to go with analog, there is a certain saturation from tape that has a classic feel that comforts me.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise my clients to give my 100 percent effort in ensuring they get the best quality song possible.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I like most about my job is recording a piece of music and listening back in the car on a drive home. That feeling never ever gets old.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: To be honest there hasn't been a recurring question from customers. I'm just starting out, but hopefully they keep asking me for more songs.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People honestly think i'm African American, haha. I'm about as white as they come, but I take it as a major compliment, a lot of my favorite artists are black.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Questions I may ask prospective clients include; "What sound are you aiming for, is there a particular artist in mind you want to emulate, what is your overall intent of the project." (Things like that)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Advice for a potential customer is to explain in as much detail your intent, vision, and goal, so I can fulfill the task at hand and deliver the best possible record.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Endless Power Supply outlet, Trail mix, Macbook, Duet, Mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Music wasn't actually my first career choice, as cliche as it sounds I truly believe it chose me, and I have been grateful enough to find professionals that believe in me and have given me amazing opportunities.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my personal style as "Grunge R&B" but it truly varies depending on my mood.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Katy Perry, I think we would make a hit and have fun doing it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One production tip I would share with producers is to make sure nothing is peaking, get your mix right. Less is usually more, you want to leave room for vocals from the songwriter or artist as well.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on hip-hop and R&B.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is finding the appropriate song for the production pitched.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring pop structure, versatility, diversity, uniqueness and quality to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The work process varies, but for clients I typically start the production they send to me and begin recording and finding melodies that match the feeling of the production.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Pro tools 12 from my Macbook Pro, I have every plug in you can think of, an apogee Duet 2, and a custom Neumann U87 microphone!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ray Charles and Amy Winehouse are my favorite artists, Lil wayne coming in third. I'm inspired every day by new things, there is so much talent out there it's ridiculous.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I offer song references, top line melodies, lyrics, and concepts.