If you ever need someone to create or provide you with a custom beat for your next song, or even play a couple of chords (keyboard) on your project, feel free to contact me!
Hello! I am A'saph Darby and I am a pianist/keyboardist, music producer, and rapper from North Carolina. I enjoy collaborating and networking with different musicians and artists.
If you reach out to me about me playing the keyboard/piano on your project/track, provide me with details in terms of what you want from me as the pianist/keyboardist throughout different parts of the track. Also feel free to provide me with a chord sheet.
If you reach out to me about making you an instrumental, feel free to provide me with useful information such as: other instrumentals or songs to reference and/or different instruments you would like to hear in the beat etc.
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Interview with A'saph Darby
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common of work I do for my clients is create/produce instrumentals for them.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians or music production professionals that inspire me are my father, Jon Bellion, Simon Mavin, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, & Hitboy
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is actually quite simple. I am a believer in the fact that you don’t necessarily need a “super setup” to make good music.I have JBL Monitors, a Yamaha MX 49 Keyboard, Novation Launchkey 25 Midi Keyboard, Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones and more. I also use the top DAWs like Logic Pro X and Pro Tools.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process usually consists of improvisation or in other words, me "jamming". This is usually how I find the direction of the beat or song I am producing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Things I bring to a song are things like creativity and uniqueness. I know that this is cliche-ish and is probably said by everyone, uniqueness, and creativity is the best way to express myself.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is playing the keyboard/piano.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The type of music that I usually work on is Hip-hop/Rap and Pop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One music production tip I can share is that when you're laying down a bassline, making the bassline move with some of the kick hits sounds good and enhances the rhythm section greatly.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: An artist I would like to work with is Jon Bellion. The reason being is that his creativity level is out of this world. He does everything from producing to writing and recording his own songs. The level of uniqueness that flows through every section of his songs is overwhelmingly great. Jon Bellion is literally one of the kind.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as unorthodox. I freely create and try not to limit myself to one genre. I simply break the rules relating to what is recognized as "the norm" in any genre I produce. With my style, you may hear some Hip-Hop features in a Pop song and some Gospel features in a Hip-Hop song. Because of this, my style is unorthodox and isn't what is expected, understood, or even accepted, in most cases. My style will be expected, understood, and accepted very soon.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path relates to me being a musician, music producer, writer, and recording artist. I have been a musician and recording artist since the age of 11. I have been a music producer and writer since the age of 15.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If I were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, I would take the Akai MPC Renaissance, Yamaha GENOS Flagship Arranger Workstation, Neumann TLM 170 R MT Condenser Mic, A MacBook Pro with the top DAWS, and the KRK Rokit Powered 5" Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitor. Hopefully, there's electricity on this desert island.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Relating to advice, I would tell a customer looking to hire a provider like me to be extremely specific about what you want, but also, give our creativity a chance.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Questions that customers most commonly ask me is: What type of beats do you make? How long have you been producing music? How long have you been playing the piano? and How much do you charge?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I like most about my job is the fact that I can be as creative as I want without any boundaries. Unless of course, a client wants something a certain way.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment, I am working on about 3 personal music projects; EPs and beat tapes to be specific. I am also working on about 7+ artists' projects and/or singles as a music producer and/or engineer.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A project I worked on that I am especially proud of is the collaborative work between me and my 2 brothers. I am extremely proud of this project because of its fresh sound and creative edge. Everyone that has heard our project/song so far has deemed it to be a radio hit. My role on it was the mixer/masterer and beatmaker/music producer. My brothers were the artists/writers that handled and recorded all of the lyrics.