I add a bit of soul to every piece of music that I do. As a 15 year veteran in the music world, I know what sounds good and connects to listeners every time, from every genre except hair metal.
I do mixing, producing, and background track creation, affordably.
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Interview with Upper Reality
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: https://soundcloud.com/upper-reality/sets/upper-reality I did the whole thing except for the mastering (even the cover art) -- and was really happy with how it turned out.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A remix for a singer.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No but again I'd definitely recommend clients shop around
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Analog is a cool selling point but when it comes down to it it's more of a posh-talk ploy. Same as "wav" vs "mp3" -- I bet you can't tell the difference but you tell all your friends it's a big deal.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll give my all to make your project pop.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Listening to different things and learning more about my craft.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "can you put, like, a frog sound in there?" Nope, can't do that. "can you do it for --" I can do it for the amount I advertised. "How many revisions?" 2 free ones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have an Economics degree, if that says anything. But I have been doing this consistently despite all other outside conflicts for 8 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soulful, jazzy, but still versatile.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: SZA, because I feel like we would make sense together
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't waste your time collecting sounds. Just start creating and keep creating.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B and Soul music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Pitch Correction and creating a "fullness"
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Soul. Also timing, perfect pitch, and a perfectionism that won't let me submit anything less than a beautiful song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Everything depends on the song. The fundamental thing I do each time is listen.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an at-home setup, using Ableton and Waves Plugins for mixes.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Iman Omari is an incredible producer. Timbaland has a reputation for being very particular about the types of sounds he uses so I am partial to him as well. As far as mixing goes, the mixers from the old analog days that did the Motown sound accomplished some complicated things that people with high-tech technology can't even figure out nowadays.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly do mixing, vocal editing, and percussion work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That any two of us are the same in any way.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What genre are you looking for? And how much creative input do you want from me?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Definitely ask them to do a trial to see which mixes you like. Also try not to seek out a mixer or producer on a time crunch--it's easier for us to push money out of you
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, my keyboard, my interface, and my 2 speakers.