I'm a music industry professional here to help you realize your final musical product, whether that's fixing, editing, mixing, mastering for final delivery, or a complete full production from the ground up. I've played and produced music professionally for 30+ yrs and appeared on various major label releases as well as hundreds of Film/TV shows.
AcademyCurve® Music features Kirke Jan Blankenship; a gifted multi-instrumentalist Composer and Sound Designer, accomplished in the skills of Music Production for Film/Television & Visual Media. Kirke is a former Drummer in many bands such as Ours, The Rising, Everything Is Energy and has written and produced music appearing in many various Television Shows & Series. All of the music produced as AcademyCurve falls into the genre known as Drama Rock: hard hitting and emotional epic alternative rock music with an underlying feeling of a movie soundtrack.
Clint Mansell, Bring Me The Horizon, Jed Kurzel, Vidna Obmana, Boogie Nights, Jackie Brown, Bill Withers, Days Of The New, Boom Boom Satellites, Spun
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Interview with AcademyCurve® Music
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Probably the project I'm most proud of would be a record called "Everything Is Energy", produced by Krish Sharma (Perry Farrell, The Rolling Stones). I Co-Wrote 6 of the songs and played Drums on All Tracks except for #10 (Dave Krusen of Pearl Jam).
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on an AcademyCurve Drama Vol2 album and producing an artist from Vancouver, BC for Hipster Cartel.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't seen anyone I know personally.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Because I have a Hybrid setup, I'd say a little of both. But if it has to lean toward one side or the other, I'd have to say 'Digital', for ease of Recall and Delivery time.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll give you the best I possibly can; all day, every day.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music is and has been my life for my entire life. There's no aspect I like and enjoy more than the other.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Can you go faster? A: I'll try.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That Prep doesn't take a long time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1) Where do you want to use your music (streaming, commercial release)? 2) Who do you like (fav. bands, what styles)? 3) When do you need the final product?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: trust me
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Probably stuff from my studio: BF mm45s, Avalon u5, API CS, Distressor, Fatso.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was a touring and session drummer for the first part of my career. In 2008, I started writing, recording, and producing. By 2010, I was asked by a TV Music Library to be a staff writer which has resulted in 500+ TV placements, while at the same time, I was producing independent singers in my LA studio. Since then, I've done work for several companies including VICE, CrasherTunes, and Hipster Cartel.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Drama Rock, Drama Pop, Drama Hop, Drama Score.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I've been very fortunate to work with some extremely talented and gifted singers in the past, both while playing/performing and Producing. So, I guess my answer would be: the artist I'd like to work with is an artist that would like to work with me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Filtering synths on Verses. extra credit: ride the Automation of the Drums Master into the 2Buss on the fills.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Because of my Media Composing background, I've worked on a lot of different styles of music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would probably say that hearing parts that can jump out to a listener would be one my strongest skills.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I've been produced by quite a few world-class Producers myself and mixed by world-class Mix Engineers, so I understand how much can be brought out of a song and hopefully, the best way to present it to the world. My own musical style, in both Mixing and Producing, has been described as "vibey" Drama Rock. so I like to bring out as much texture as I can.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: That depends on the job: if it's a Mix or Master, I get the files delivered to me, do a Session Prep, then do a complete Mix/Master and post a watermarked version for any notes, then make the proper adjustments. If it's a full production, most of the time it's only a Vocalist that needs the music built around them, so I work from the ground up to Final Delivery.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's a Hybrid setup: please contact for a complete list.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Clint Mansell, Bring Me The Horizon, Jed Kurzel, Vidna Obmana, Boogie Nights, Jackie Brown, Bill Withers, Days Of The New, Boom Boom Satellites, Spun
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common types of work I get hired to do is full Work-For-Hire productions.