Have been working in music production for over 10 years. Experienced in many genres including Pop, R&B, Alternative, Hip Hop, Rock, etc.
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Interview with Isaac Buna
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on several unfinished projects. About to wrap up a new single for OCNS.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Josh Frigo is an absolute beast. Hit em up for production/overdubs or mixing. He's my go-to.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some people think it's not that hard, but being a solid mix engineer takes time, trial, and error. Always learning, but that's the beauty of it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you look for in a producer/mix engineer? Do you prefer being more collaborative or more-so give me what you got and ill work it exactly as you want it?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid to ask questions or be diligent about what you want. At the end, it's your project and your satisfaction is what matters.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My guitar, hunting knife, big box of matches, Flashlights, and fishing net.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing music since I was 4 years old. I'm a multi-instrumentalist. I have experience in string, brass, percussion (drums, hand drums, auxiliary, etc.), and keyboard/synth instruments. I've performed in Performing Arts Centers in drum groups, Gospel bands, symphonic bands/orchestras, and as well as within my own Pop/R&B band as a lead vocalist/keys/synth. I went to several Berklee summer programs studying Jazz and composition. I also graduated from the Los Angeles Film and Recording Arts School with a degree in Music Production and Audio Engineering.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a bit all over. I think I would just say creative with my musical approach.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Maeta. Her vocal ability is unbelievable and her music tends to range in style. I'm driven towards artist that have a lot of variations and style within their music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't feel bad about giving up on a track and moving on if you've tried everything and took creative breaks. It happens.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Pop, R&B, and Alternative Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is blending genres within a given track, or adding a bit of everything from different cultures of music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Personally, I enjoy adding unconventional sounds and programming methods to songs. I want to create songs that stand out of the crowd but still enjoyable to the general public. Building a unique character to a track is one of my top priorities.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: As far as production/mixing, my work process involves getting a list of reference tracks before I start anything. Most clients usually know what they want when approaching a producer. My job is to use the reference tracks as a guideline to giving them the sound that they're looking for. Once that's set up, I move onto preparing sessions and building templates. From then on, that's when the creative process usually starts.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is usually set up for both production and mixing. I have a Tascam M-16 that I use in some cases, but I usually prefer to work in-the-box.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've worked with Dave Cerminara (Father John Misty, The Neighbourhood, Khalid) and Josh Frigo (Jordan Booker, John Tibbs) and they both have helped me have a better insight in mixing. And of course Rick Rubin. Just...Rick Rubin man.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work as a producer more-so than a mix engineer, although I have experience in both fields. This includes aiding in drum programming, keyboard/synth dubs, or full production from scratch.