Heyo! My name is Shelbey AKA Swivel. I Specialize in (but am not limited to) Hip Hop/Rap old school or new, with industrial flavours and elements of EDM. I create music for various artists, mix and master records, produce, write songs and more. I have +8 years of experience with music composition and I offer value to everybody I work with.
How it works:
*1) Reach out to me on instagram @ freeqsoundent
2) Message me to get your project started - I enjoy discussing the project before hand (preferably hearing a rough demo or reference track) as it helps me get a better understanding of what your needs are.
3) Once the project is funded, it's over to me. I do everything I feel the record needs to correctly convey your original vibe, emotion and intention behind the song. I'm here to make your idea come to life and create the best sounding version of your song.
4) I'll create a rough draft to send back to you - then based on your feedback I'll get to work on finishing up the production.
5) Once the track is at a place where you feel that the job is done, I'll ask you to mark the job as complete and provide you with a high res wav master and all stems for further mixing or alternative versions. (If you wish to purchase licensing for a beat there are plenty of flexible options.)
Thanks for checking out my profile! If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message - I will get back to you ASAP. :)
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Interview with Swivel
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would have to say the communication between myself and the customer. In my opinion this is one of the most important skills because it goes hand-in-hand with every aspect of the music game. We must really understand each other in order to get the best product we can.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: External pespective, over 8 years of experience and a whole lot of flavour.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1) The client sends me some reference tracks of what style they would like their production / mix to be. 2) I send back rough ideas, request feedback, and return to the project to apply the feedback. 3) Repeat step 2 until the record is flawless.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio set up is simple but effective, focused on efficiency. Minimal 2 Speaker setup, MacBook Pro, MPK mini keyboard, Steinberg UR22 audio interface , + comfy chair.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Trent Reznor, Kanye West, Russ, Jcole
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering tracks to make them warmer, fuller and louder.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have composed and produced various projects of my own but very recently finished my best project to date. I am very proud of it because it showcases all of my skills very nicely.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Multiple mixing projects of varying styles and adding to my catalogue of beats.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am brand new to this platform so not yet. But am looking forward to networking and connecting with some other rad & talented people. :)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Since it is a lot more efficient and accurate.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always be available to reply to messages, answer questions and do revisions until the project is perfect :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I start with nothing and create something. I also really enjoy helping other artists reach their full potential.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Can you work in this style? My answer: Of course! I love working on different projects!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It takes little effort to make the music that I make.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Please send me some references / rough mixes to work with :D
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Contact the provider before starting a project. Make sure both parties understand what needs to be done before proceeding.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Headphones, Audio Interface, Midi Keyboard and Microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started off as a producer/rapper and later on discovered that I would have to expand my reach and really connect with others to make it happen in the "music industry". I then realized that properly mixing a track is crucial to making sure the ideas translate properly so I went to college for a year studying music production & audio engineering. I am now a certified audio engineer as of June 2019. I've spent over 8 years now learning how to mix, produce, write, rap, and sing honing my skills. Since then - I've never looked back!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Heavy, trippy, smooth and catchy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with Kid Cudi. I've always connected to his music and felt that I could provide value to his production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Organization is KEY. Keep it simple.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly Hip/hop Rap music.