- How do you ‘master’ your tracks to get them sounding big and beefy
I layer alot of my sounds and boost the frequencies that I want to emphasize. I also use a lot of different panning techniques to widen up the mix and make it more interesting.
- What are your favourite plugins
My favorite instrument plugins are Sylenth, Kontakt and Nexus. My favourite mixing plugins are the Waves bundle, and Izotope series.
- What are the essential elements you listen out for in a good mix?
I look at space for the artist to rap or sing. I also look to see that all the correct instruments stand out. On a hard track this is usually the drums, on ambient tracks then I look for the pads or percussion, and so on. None of the instruments should be fighting for attention, and each should have its own place in the mix.
- What do you think is the most common production mistake that amateurs make?
I feel like they worry too much about mixing and mastering in the early stages when they should focus on the substance of the beats. A good mix is useless on a wack beat, and although quality is important, having substance is more important.
- How many tracks do you work on at once?
As many as my brain can handle
- What kind of music do you set out to create and how does it differ from what you do actually create?
I look to make music that sounds like what I’m feeling at the moment, and it always comes out different because my emotions always change.
- How aware are you of your music being classified within a certain genre? how do you respond to that?
Sometimes being associated with a specific genre hurts, and sometimes it helps. I try not to think about it too much so it doesn’t limit me to the sound I create.
- What and who inspires you most writing songs now?
My dreams and situations I face in everyday life inspire alot of music. Artists like Pac Div, Big Sean, Lights, and Kendrick Lamar inspire me also.
- What made you realise music was something you wanted to pursue long-term?
I always loved being around music and the emotion it brought out in people. Playing drums for the church choir also exposed me to being on the other end of music, in the sense that now I was playing music instead of just listening to it.