Thomas Mansur

Songwriter, Producer, Mixer

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Thomas Mansur is a Los Angeles based Musician, Producer, Composer, and Songwriter specializing in a variety of music from Reggae, Rock, Blues, and Electronic to Ambient, Orchestral and Avant-garde.

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Interview with Thomas Mansur

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I produced a bunch of music back in 2014 for a documentary called "Crack In The System" about the involvement of the CIA in the crack epidemic in LA in the 80s and 90s.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Jazz Guitar

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I just got here

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Analog is best sounding, digital is most practical

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: We will stay true to the song

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Being creative

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Q: How much? A: Whats your budget?

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That it should take a long time

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What are your goals? What music has influenced you the most? What are three reference songs that can capture the vibe of what you are going for?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Be open minded and lets work!

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: 2 Acoustic Guitars, 3 Hand Drums. No electricity right?

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I have been involved in music over 30 years

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Ever-changing

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: So many

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Using white noise can sometimes help balance a mix quickly.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: You name it!

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Empathy

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Perspective. Often times the artist is so close to their work that an outside perspective can help bring the project to vision.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Talking with the client to get a feel for their needs, goals and general vibe of the project and then going from there to develop the song. Everything must serve the song!

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I currently am working on Mac using mainly Logic Pro and Protools.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Jimi Hendrix got me into guitar. Reggae and Funk productions from the 70s is what got me heavy into Bass guitar, Drums and Production.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I would say the most common type of work I do for my clients is taking their rough lyric and melody ideas and working with them to create complete, fully arranged, mixed and mastered radio ready tracks.

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