Let me take you louder! Let me take you where you wanna go!
Leon is a recording and mixing engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. For over a decade, he’s been working with some of the industry’s biggest artists: Run the Jewels, Danny Brown, Kilo Kish, Action Bronson, Kaytranada, Twin Shadow, Tink, Flatbush Zombies, Zach Del Rocha, and How to Dress Well.
Leon began his journey interning at Stadium Red—the studio home of legendary hip-hop producer Just Blaze—before moving to Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Williamsburg. There, he honed his craft with figures like Matt Shane (the Grammy-winning engineer of Flight of the Conchords) and Geoff Sanoff (formerly at Stratosphere Sound), working with bands from around the world. Later, he’d become the leading engineer at The Space Pit in Brooklyn, owned by the legendary Nick Hook. He worked with Hook and Hudson Mohawke on Vice Rap Monument, “Noisey's gazillion-rapper posse cut,” recording everyone from Young Thug to Pusha T. Since then, he’s worked on countless recording and mixing projects at the space, from Kali Uchis to Skrillex. He is currently developing his own label, working with artists like Queens rapper Remy Banks.
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Interview with Leon Kelly
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: RTJ 3 was just special but 4 was magical
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Ive been doing this for way too long, but not long enough
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Getting things done well
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Making a client feel at easy
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own label
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: that you will leave happy and satisfied
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: the energy
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How fast is a return and i will always reply with as soon as possible
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Why music ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Lets make it a beautiful expersicene and Lets not stop until you are happy
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Barefoots, Ipad, Apollo, Laptop and any DAW
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: no style
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I wanna make a Donna Summer type song for Adele
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen low
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: No discrimination
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Fuck it all up
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Barefoot Speakers and Octatrack is all i would ever in this world
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr.Dre, The Bealtes, Prince