I am a rapper and mixing engineer with around 15 years of experience. Are you looking for a versatile rapper who can give you great verses in two languages, or a mixing engineer who will listen to your needs? You've found him, baby.
I am a rapper and mixing engineer that started making music in 2010. My songs have more than 100k streams, views and plays on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, etc and I have appeared on albums alongside artists such as Bizarre, Royce da 5'9" and more, and I have opened for international stars like JP Cali Smoov, Swingfly and many more during my many years making music.
I try to work fast, but that's because I want to be effective and maximize productivity when working, so don't mistake "fast" with "hastily" or "poorly made". Just tell me what you want and I will do my best to give you exactly what you want in a timely manner.
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Interview with Xersize
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because I have access to it.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would say my song 4 Minute Masterpiece. It was four minutes of straight-up rapid-fire rapping in one continuous take. I got the inspiration from Underrated of Potluck, and that song helped me get seen and heard over in America and even landed me a feature from Potluck on my debut EP.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My debut album just got finished and I'm already working on album number 2.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: VanLee XII is a terrific producer, engineer, and rapper. He can make you a song from scratch if you'd like, you literally have to do nothing than record if you don't want to and he will take care of the rest and make it sound really amazing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to always to the best of my abilities do what I can to make them satisfied with the final product, and if I can't then I won't take the job. I'm not in this to scam people.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to decide over my own time. I don't have a boss telling me how much my time is worth and how to spend it. My time is my freedom.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually just ask me how long I've been doing this, and why I'm doing this. The answer is simple; I can't not do it. Even if I never make it, it won't stop me. It keeps me sane, I love it and need it too much to just not do this.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That rappers are all like the stereotype of a drug-using party animal. My music is never about subjects like partying or doing drugs since I'm clean and sober, and I don't want to project an image of me that's untrue.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I want to know what their vision with the song is, what they need me to do, how fast they want it done.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Strike up a conversation with the person you're about to hire for your projects. Get a feel of him or her, see if you understand each other. If you do, it will make for a much better and easier collaboration.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Honestly? I really have no idea because I don't think I'd be able to survive either way.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been making music since 2010 and since then I've performed all around my native country of Sweden as well as having been featured on multiple albums and singles by American underground artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very versatile. I love all kinds of music genres so I try to incorporate different things into each song I make.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to have a writing session with Roger Waters or Fish, and I would absolutely love to have MGK on a song with me one day.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: "Less is more". When something sounds wrong, try removing something before you start overcompensating with other things.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am a rapper so rap is what I usually work on, but I frequently take influence from other genres such as rock, power metal, blues, jazz, progressive rock, etc.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I always listen very much to my client's needs and try my very best to understand them, not just their song. I always want them to be happy with their own music just like I want to be happy with the music I make.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can get you a verse that you will absolutely love, no matter what type of song it is. Fast-paced, slow, inspirational, aggressive, thought-provoking, whatever type of verse you need I will deliver. And when it comes to the mix, I'm an artist myself so I know that in the end it is YOUR song and YOU will always have the final say. I want you to have a song you like yourself.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When writing songs I just listen to the beat or the demo the artist send me a few times and I talk to them about what kind of verse they want from me. I give them a few drafts and when they are satisfied, I record it and send it to them. When mixing I turn off all other distractions and just get to it. I listen to the song thoroughly as I mix and after the fact, and when I think it's complete I let it rest for a day and then listen to it with fresh ears on multiple devices to make sure it sounds good everywhere.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio with a MacBook, a keyboard, BigKnob Studio interface and a Shure SM7 microphone, and I also have a studio about 10 minutes away from my home with a bigger setup.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: One of my biggest inspirations is Fish (former lead singer of Marillion) for his amazing songwriting abilities, but other inspirations are Eminem, Grieves, Roger Waters, and Bill Withers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually either mix a song or record a verse for other artists.