Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The Milli Vanilli project. I wrote the title tune (It's Our Time) from the original recording the rock/pop song of the year "Girl You Know It's True" (Numarx) appeared on. My role in the Milli Vanilli deal had to do with re-drafting the original contract between Steve Franco and Bill Pettaway, Jr., which was the key to converting the project from a "work for hire" to a project that would yield millions in royalty income that was generated. I also drafted the lucrative deal for top Billboard Charted hit songwriter Ky Adeyemo under SongOneCorp/Umusic as one of the music publishers of the multi-platinum global hit "Girl You Know It's True" by the infamous duo Milli Vanilli.
What are you working on at the moment?
MARZ- Make it Right 2
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Weather Report, and Rachmaninoff were all huge inspirations to me as a musician and record producer.
Analog or digital and why?
Both... Each have different aspect which can be incorporated into final results...
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will go beyond the call of duty to help you reach your musical objectives.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much do you charge is the most frequently asked question. My answer is always the same:
There is no one size fits all price for my services as I treat all of my clients uniquely.
Once customers find out what they can get for very little money they start imagining the possibilities for moving forward.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Solar operated Generator, Microphone, and a Drum Set
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out as an original member of the former Elektra Records artist Starpoint but at the same time I had my own project, signed to Capitol/EMI/Liberty Records, called MARZ. One of my passions was to score music behind films when I first started out in the business. In fact, one of the bands I am mostly associated with had a #1 smash "hit" in a Sony-Tristar motion picture in which the actual band was also featured in on the big screen. The video we had for the song is now considered an MTV Classic.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on what I consider to be potential hits! Any type of music genre that resonates with the masses. It could be a basic folk song, a country song, a rap track lyric, a concept for a ballad, a heavy metal anthem, etc. As a top Billboard charted record producer I have to be extremely versatile. There is no "usual" or "normal" for me.
What's your strongest skill?
Brainstorming has to be my strongest skill. Whether that's sitting at the piano imagining some new way for an artist to approach their new single, musically, or sitting around brainstorming about how to get the artist on TV or in on a soundtrack, I approach music in a similar fashion that pro athletes approach their sport. It's competitive so you have to stay in shape (musically) and you find out that you have to hold your secret weapons sacred. It's a competitive business so you simply have to "compete."
What's your typical work process?
I can hold my own as a recording engineer but when I work with greats like Bob Rosa, Steve Sola, Andros Rodriguez, Ray Bardani, or Nate Middleman... I let them do their magic along with mine and the end result has been successful.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I would recommend Nate Middleman. In fact, as it relates to Nate, we work as a team quite often...
What do you like most about your job?
Bringing things into existence which do not exist beforehand and helping others to reach their musical objectives and dreams.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The fallacy that record producers should pay for aspiring artist's demo recordings. There is this thought process that seems to go along the lines of "since I have talent" why should I have to pay for studio time or for your services? That sort of thought process shows a lack of understanding about the music business. It requires the proper small or large investment to be successful in music. Some artists get lucky but you should never count on luck or have plans that include intangibles.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Do you feel that you were put on this earth to pursue a music career?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Dream big when you work with me because i am dreaming big for you even if you are unaware of that fact. With hard work and consistent effort anything is possible.
How would you describe your style?
My style is hip/hop/classical/jazz/rock/pop/r&b/etc.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Ariana Grande, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, and Imagine Dragons- I can hear elements of R&B and Afro-Rhythms in their music. When you hear their music it can often trigger an urge to see it performed "live." There's a certain magic about it!
Can you share one music production tip?
One production tip I would like to share is this: Never try and force creativity! There are times, however, where you have to conform to deadlines (most of the time) but you have to be able to know when you are doing your best work. If you are not at you best the true and proven record executives will know this immediately
What do you bring to a song?
I bring alternative directions and out of the box approaches to songs. Also, by having a background in music composition and music theory, I am able to approach songs in a more technical/musical way. Ultimately, however, since I have written and produced top charted Billboard hits, I bring experience and a proven track record of hits to the table!
Tell us about your studio setup.
I pride myself on keeping up with the latest State of the Art equipment. Always!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The lowest cost service I offer has to do with bringing people's songs to life. Whether they hear a melody or an entire song...I can bring it to life for them...and usually in a couple of different versions, initially.