Don helps artists find their sound and build a foundation for their vision through unique and powerful production and songwriting, as well as crisp mixing capabilities and session guitar playing
Blending an eclectic fusion of both new and vintage sounds, Sean Smith ("Don") brings a unique flavor to any piece. A seasoned Classic Jazz and Blues musician, Don complements virtual instruments and samples with smooth guitar licks, fills on the keys and lush background layers to make bangin' productions and crystal clear mixes.
As a writer, Don draws on his love of story telling, character creation and emotional resonance to craft honest, moving songs.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beatles, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Flume, Kygo, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass
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Don was great to work with. He is an excellent producer, songwriter and engineer and works fast. I plan to work with him more in the future!
Don is very versatile because he can create music inspired by different genres... from hip hop to jazz to alternative etc. He also plays various instruments, which is a plus. Further, he is very helpful. During our last session, he helped me come up with different background melodies to add to my existing song. Overall he has good energy
Interview with Don Makes Music
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: S x S with SAZE was great to work on. It was the first album I fully produced and mixed.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: 2 albums a few EPs and 30+ singles
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brett Miller
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. It sounds better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to make music that resonates with you and with listeners
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with awesome artists who have a vision and are passionate about their music
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make my music knock harder? Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Producers don't only make beats or EDM tracks. We also help arrange, coach during studio sessions, bring instrumentalists together, etc.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their plan is for the music we create. Who is on their team. Whether they're looking to sign a record deal or stay indie.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be upfront with your career goals and your budget. This will help you determine if your working with the right people.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Drum Kit, Laptop, Tascam Recorder
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 5 years. I held a full time job in finance for 2 years as well before quitting and pursuing music full time
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Laid back, but hard hitting
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Masego. Great sound and creativity
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use your voice
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, RnB, Neo Soul, Pop, EDM
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Guitar playing, music production
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I produce in Ableton and record in Pro Tools
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Located in Bushwick, right off the Jefferson L train stop. Large live room with drums, guitars and full in the box production suite
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Dukes, Bob Power, Andrew Scheps
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production and songwriting/composition. I also record and provide mixing.