A producer who listens, executes, communicates clearly and loves music enough to still enjoy it enough to have fun!
I am a music producer who plays some keyboard. I also do music business consulting as I have 20yrs + in the business. I have certifications in music business and in vocal recording techniques from Berklee. I'm a voting member of the Recording Academy (6yrs). I produce music in various genres as well as compose for multiple genres.
When you work with me, you have the opportunity to work with a team. I have a team of musicians, vocalists, producers and engineers that I continually work with. ONE STOP SHOP HERE! just ask for what you need.
Im always look forward to grow and work with clients so lets make this music!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Maurice Carroll
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes. Producer and bassist Kevin Powe Jr.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both. I like the warmth of analog but I also like the power of digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I always promise that I will be honest. If I know I can deliver what I'm being asked to do, I'll be honest abut that just as much as I would if I'm not sure or even if I know I don't currently have the ability to do whatever it is. I find that clients appreciate that more than someone attempting to "force" something OR over promising.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I like most is that I am able to do help people through my love for music as whole and get paid doing it. For me, sometimes it's exposing an artists to new music or information that inspires them. Its not always about me creating something for them but more so of how am I helping them.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. How much do you charge? A. It depends on what you want me to do. What do you want me to do Q. Can you make a beat for me? A. Yes, I can compose an instrumental for you.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: For me, it's this...just because you have a DAW, a mic, speakers and some headphones doesn't mean you are a producer nor an engineer. It means that you have gear. Most people don't understand the role of a producer and often misunderstand what they are hireing me for.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to ask for examples of the feel they are looking for. I like to spark interest by finding out what the artist wants the listener to feel when listening to the song. It helps me to understand the destination for the song too because I compose and produce differently for something that will be for a website or commercial vs an EP or film/tv placement.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would advise that a customer takes just one or two extra steps past the surface of a producer. I would suggest searching them or their company online, listen and/or find more of their music other than what they present because we all present our best work. Lastly, I would suggest having the clearest picture in mind of what you want so that you can make a wise choice.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in music over 30yrs. I started out in music as a gospel keyboardist in a store front church at age 11. From there I got curious about other styles of music and wanted to understand. I got some theory and discipline at Morgan State under the direction of Nathan Carter. I stated producing at age 21 although I didn't know that is what it was called. Not too long after that, I began composing music, making beats and managing different acts. I created a record label, opened a recording studio with a partner that later grew into a production house that maintained a studio, photography studio, performance/rehearsal space, 2 offices and a walk in kitchen. Since then, I have focused on quality preproduction, music business consulting and light keyboard work both live and in studio.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with any of the people that I mentioned like Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Hidden Beach, Kedar Massenburg because I could learn from their experiences and also because I have ideas and experiences that they could learn from as well.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: My music production tip is to keep an open mind. I've found that when you're not so focused on ONE thing in ONE way, that you can find worlds of options that you probably didn't know existed before.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on R&B, spoken word, neo soul, EDM. I do, on occasion, have some hip hop fall out of me and I get lucky lol. Currently I'm growing in the area of creating music and songs that are better suited for visual scenes.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: This is easy! My strongest skill is my ability to learn.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I usually bring a sense of order and polished outlook on the song especially to those who aren't sure what direction they want to go in.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a modest preproduction studio set up that includes Logic x, Studio Live 16channel, Studio One, Reason, Roland FA and a neumann TLM 102.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I admire the works of Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Hidden Beach, Kedar Massenburg and those who produce music (not loops). Some people I may not know their names but when I hear it and I can feel it, it will inspire me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is music production and music business consulting. I usually seek to provide the best product that I can and provide the most knowledgeable information that I have access to.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A mac pro, a controller, headphones and Logic x
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically give attention to what the artist is looking for so that I can use my background in production, engineering and musicianship to get that idea expressed to its fullest potential.After we communicate about the music, I provide the musical idea. I usually will make adjustments a few times but I also won't be taken advantage of lol. By that I mean that I usually won't adjust a track so many times based on a changing feeling or idea from the artist.