Speak Hip Records stands for peace through music. We believe in one love. Which, in essence, translates to equality for all. We empower each person, in a group or by themselves, to become leaders and be able to support the ones they love. We help Artists by recording their music, Production, and Mixing their tracks. We believe in you. - Speak Hip
We take your music from the initial writing stage to the final product. We help record, overdub, edit, comp, tune, mix, and send your music out for mastering. We also help teach you about the music business. How to be an independent artist and how to promote your music.
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Interview with Speak Hip Records
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All of them. Check out Elephant Hill and Souláce on Soundcloud or Youtube. I was a collaborator and did everything possible to see their dreams come true. That in turn helped my dream come true.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A record with my best friend and a few other quarantine projects.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at the moment. New here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. All tools help. I would be a snooty pig if looked down on those who use gear that I do not. Maybe it is all they can afford. I still to this day play my $100 Ibanez Geo on all my recordings. Is it. Les Paul or Fender? No. but does it fulfill the role, allow me to record and create, and still sound good? A professional can make music with anything. That is a love for what you do.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will make a great record.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping others.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can we make a song like...? The answer is no. I only work with original thinkers. Those who aren't afraid to create.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Record Labels are seen in a bad light. So are big businesses. Have you ever tried to run a company? There is good and evil in all. You have to be aware of where the business stands, it's policies, and the reasons for those policies. Once you come to understand the why, then you can form a real opinion about a company.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you know what it takes? Are you setting a real expectations? Are you willing to do the work?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk legal business first. It's hard. It's not fun for most. Can be uncomfortable. Get it done. Ask for all the details. Who gets paid paid, when, how, who owns the music, how long are royalties collected? Read contracts yourself. Show the contract to a friend (lawyer). Don't feel forced to sign. You have the right to walk away. No opportunity will ever make or break you. That is in your hands and no one else.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Phone, guitar, djembe, shaker, foot tambourine. You're stuck on an island. No electricity?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: School, hard knocks, gigs, performances, live sound, trial and error, runner, intern, engineer, major label, slave, downtrodden, revival, mission, entrepreneur, business owner, activist, helper. 17 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Danger Mouse one day, but to be honest I like helping others. I want to work with aspiring artists who where a lot like me when I was younger. Passionate.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Capture the moment.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Music I like.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can ride my bike with no handle bars.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My taste. It truly is all anyone can offer. Have you ever tried bringing your friends in on making decisions? They all have great advice on how to make your song better based on what they like and have heard. We are all producers, singers and songwriters. It's a natural gift we where all born with.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically get up in the mornings and have breakfast. Then I spend a full day working on music, business, and my family life. lol I hope this process doesn't intimidate anyone. We all have our own working style that changes and adapts day by day. I'll try my best to fit your style and hopefully we can work together to make a great record.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The studio has an isolation booth to track drums and any other instrument you would like. We use an Apollo interface for our sessions and have a great selection of microphones to fit your style and vibe. We have all sorts of instruments to fiddle with and our DAW suite include Ableton and Protools. For more and specific information please contact us. :)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Black Sabbath, Danger Mouse, Feist, Gal Costa, and many more artists inspire me everyday. This list includes many young students who are only now starting their journey into music. Its a beautiful thing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I help others complete the work they love. I have a vast knowledge and expertise on all aspects of music. We help write, produce, mix, and master all of our artists music.