I am a top Billboard Charted Hit Record Producer/Hit Songwriter/Platinum selling artist who is extremely humble and always willing to contribute to a team effort. Artists should only consider me when they are absolutely certain about pursuing music professionally.
My services range from commercial attended/unattended music production services to overseeing independent record release campaigns.
Custom Songs ( from Poems, from Spoken Word files, from Lyrics, for Birthdays, Graduations, Etc.)
Full Commercial Hit Record Production (drums, keyboards, orchestration, guitars, background vocals, Etc.)
Internet Based Record Production ( starting with the files you record on your smartphone or computer)
Overseeing U.S. or Global Based Radio promo/social media Campaigns (College, Dance, Urban AC, and CHR/Top 40 only)
Drum and Keyboard Programming (recreating the feel of songs you wish to model your ideas after)
Background Vocal Stacking (send me your songs (WAV of MP3) for me to add background vocals or hooks to)
Independent record release projects
Live Performance Enhancement and Training
Send me a note through the contact button above.
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Interview with Marvenis
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you feel that you were put on this earth to pursue a music career?
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I pride myself on keeping up with the latest State of the Art equipment. Always! I have just about any pieces of State of the Art equipment accessible to me at my facilities.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the experience of having had the masses buy my hits, the experience of having been in the offices of the major labels working along with A&R, and the blessing of having worked with some of the top engineers of our time like the legendary Bob Rosa. All of those elements help me approach a song form a commercial standpoint.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: 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 versus the work which fits into a particular time-frame. If you are not at you best you can only make it worse buy forcing it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ariana Grande, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Imagine Dragons
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is hip/hop/classical/jazz/rock/pop/r&b/etc.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Bringing things into existence which do not exist beforehand and helping others to reach their musical objectives and dreams.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common thing I do has to do with bringing people's songs to life. Whether they hear a simple melody, have a lyrical idea, or they have an entire song idea...I can bring it to life for them at the highest level of production...and usually have it back to them the same day or no later than the next day...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: 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. Trust me when i tell you my family used to think I was crazy when I asserted that one day I'd be performing in front of a sold-out audience at New York's Madison Square Garden
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: 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. (for the most part)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend Nate Middleman of AboveGround Studios. In fact, as it relates to Nate, we work as a team quite often...
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Solar operated Generator, Microphone, and a Drum Set
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both... Each have different aspect which can be incorporated into final results...
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The typical work process begins with my main engineer, Nate Middleman, and I brainstorming. We are passionate about the skills we possess and we love to use them to help others reach some of the same musical summits we've been blessed to reach thus far
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will go beyond the call of duty to help you reach your musical objectives.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being passionate about every single project I take on. I look at other people's projects in the same exact manner I look at my own. I put myself in their place in all cases.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have always been a rock/jazz/fusion musician by trade so I tend to bring those elements to all projects. I work on rap, vocal, band, orchestral, and instrumental projects. There is never a 1-size-fits-all for me as I aim to do my absolute best in all cases.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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. I have been in the music business for over 25 years now and after having had top Billboard Charted hits as a record producer, recording artist, and a songwriter I have now ventured into other areas related to the digital age of music and social media.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 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. The best approach with me is to always suggest your particular budget and allow me to put into writing what can be done for that particular budget. That way, even if they elect not to work with me, they have a reference of what should be able to be done for that amount of a budget.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Weather Report, Yes, Genesis, The Beatles, and Rachmaninoff were all huge inspirations to me as a musician and record producer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: MARZ- Make it Right 2, Toni Braxton- The Closer I Get To You (duet) from Keith Rowel's "Blue Light Sessions" project
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The Milli Vanilli project. I wrote the title tune (Our Time Has Come) 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.