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Interview with Jeremy Reed
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A lot of Contemporary Christian music. It's basically a lot of Rock/Pop Rock stuff.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brandon Bagby. He's a great guy and an amazing musician.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. They both have their unique sounds and feels. It all depends on what i'm trying to convey.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will get your story out there.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to make music for a living. I get to tell a story. I get to help tell a story.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does this take? As long as you need it to.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's all the same. Chord changes are reproduced constantly, but every song is unique in that the feeling you have when you play it and message is different every time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your story? What's the story of this track? What message are you trying to send?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It's ok to not know exactly what you want, and it's ok if you do. Either way, we can make it happen.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar, iPhone, delay pedal, MacBook Pro, good mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing music for 18 years. I've been playing professionally for 10.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Always changing.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Charlie Puth. His music is great. He's a fantastic musician. He has the ability to melt your face with chord changes and crazy solos, but he values the production of a great track. Every little detail matters.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Minimalism is your friend. How can I achieve my goal in the most efficient way? This is my approach. It brings clarity and avoids the muddiness that can come with so many things happening.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a lot of Contemporary Christian music, Rock, Pop Rock, some Gospel, Pop Music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The ability to listen. Playing is easy. Listening for the right part and the right space to fit it in the the tough part.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Focus and Clarity. My goal is to make abundantly clear the message the writer is wanting to convey.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen a lot. I probably listen more than I actually track. By listening, I can have a better idea of the story that the songwriter is trying to tell. This directly influences the parts I track in the song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a modest setup. I record electric guitars through my pedalboard and various effects and pre-amps. I usually record into Pro-Tools or Logic Pro X.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Buck is a huge inspiration to me musically. His playing is phenomenal. John Mayer is a staple in my playlist. His music and playing has helped mold me through the years. Artists like Hillsong Worship have helped define my sound over the years. Nigel Hendroff is a master of sound-scaping.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is with recording electric guitars. Anything from Blues and Rock to Contemporary Christian music.