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Interview with Muzi aka Billy-Ray
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Novel Stevenson: Grammy winning Writer Keith Sweat: Grammy winning performer Spree Wilson: Indie Hiphop artist Usher Raymond: Grammy winning artist Ferrell Miles: Drum squad/EMG producer Aleon Craft: Former Backwoodz member Quentin Miller: OVO writer Micah Wyatt: Big Krit Engineer Travoski: Bieber, 2-9, Katy Perry mixologist Paul Shoden1! Sheehy: DARP/Ceelo
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I’m creating a Mix-Tape for personal promotion and other artists’ projects.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital is the wave of our present and the future.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is Ubuntu. We will do it together. We will create a masterpiece which comes with all the changes and nuances needed for each individual repacked to be. You will emotionally connect to our creations.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My favorite thing about working in music is that it doesn’t feel like work.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Honestly they ask what do I do. I have a very down to earth and humble personality. Most people don’t expect me to be in the industry. They think most people at this level are pompous until they meet moi.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about singing and writing is that they have a direct relationship. Some believe that all singers can write and vice-versa. The contrary is usually what holds true so it is a rare find to have an individual such as myself that is skilled in both.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask my clients about personal preferences and expectations such as time of completion, subject of work and intended target markets.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just ask and the task is grass! (Grass grows easily). Your needs will be met smoothly with ease and professionalism.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If I were on a remote desert island I’d need to have my lucky pen, my note pad, my tape recorder, my imagination, and a lighter for my girl Mary Jane 😏🌬
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I want to pursue artistry and subsequently create a brand and company that supports others with the same dream.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Uniquely Cultural
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Lauren Hill. She’s dopeness personified.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always love what you are making; the feeling manifests through the records.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all types of music but I consider my strengths to be in R&B, Pop, and hip- hop records.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Singing and writing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring passion to the art. I bring a unique style and a new sound that I consider to be modern classics.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process is determined by what is needed for the individual artist and/or company. Some records take longer than others to develop but the end product is always laced with fire 🔥
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of multiple locations. Each has the latest version of logic, protools and all plugins needed to create that crisp clear sound we as musicians crave. Neuman u87 mics, KRK speakers, Mac operated devices etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have been inspired by the vocals of Boyz II Men, the pen of Bob Dylan, the spirits of Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. I have the love of Michael Jackson for the lives of all listeners of music and I intend to use my skill for the betterment of consumer experience in this game we call the music biz.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am a singer/songwriter with an adept skill in creating R&B, Pop and hip-hop influenced records.