I have self produced, mixed, and mastered my band 'Goons' which has played Austin City Limits Festival and had over 200,000 streams on Spotify alone. I have an 80s flare with my style, and love to make things neat and clean. I love to help take an idea and push it to its full potential and scale.
Musically, I create tracks for people, sound alikes, and mix and master. Visually, I am an animator, VFX editor and film maker. I make social media content for brands, canvas content for bands, and music videos as well.
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Interview with Timothy Cole
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Goons 'The Year Of The Goon' album. It was my first self produced album and it is truly a fun piece of art.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A $100,000 national radio campaign for my personal bands next song 'Hesitate'
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sydney Simpson is the best vocalist I have ever. worked with.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Digital can sound just as real as analog with a lot of work. I pick and choose what is going to work best with the song I'm working on. Digital is certainly easier to manipulate though.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will do the best I can, and work with you to achieve the song and sound that you want.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Giving people a finished product that they are proud of.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it sound like a 'real' song. --- Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it isn't worth paying for...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your timeline on this project. Is this a hobby for you or is it professional. What does your history with music look like. What do you hope to get out of working together?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be upfront and honest about what you want and your expectations, don't be afraid to tell me that I didn't do something the way you wanted. Your music is your art, and I want to help make it sound the way you intended for it to sound.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: ... Water bottles, knives, hunting supplies, matches, and a guitar. Music production gear won't do me a damn bit of good on a deserted island.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been creating, performing, and producing music for 15 years. I renovate vintage airstream trailers when I am not working on music or touring.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean / Retro / Unique / Rich / Analog / Meticulous / Detail Oriented
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jack Antonoff of Bleachers. He truly puts his soul into his art.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more. Build out all of the production you could ever think you would need and then periodically delete most of it to find the best version of your song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: 80s inspired pop music, Electronic, Lofi, Chill, Vaporwave
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing the instrumentation and flow of a track.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Originality, Depth, a very close look at intentionality behind instrumentation, progression, and overall emotional feel of a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to receive rough demos, and songs that inspired the idea, examples of works that the artist wants it to sound similar to. Then I will create a rough idea and start communicating back and forth during the process of building the song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio build out with full band instrumentation set up, sound treatment, and years worth of accumulated gear. (mics, instruments, synths, midis, etc...)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jack Antonoff from 'Bleachers' is my biggest inspiration.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing // Creating and composing full instrumental build outs for song ideas // Writing and recording jingles, podcast intros and theme songs // Mixing and Mastering tracks