My music production abilities and precise editing will help solidify your artistic vision with a clean and loud smack of creativity. I adore committing my efforts to bold unapologetic sounds without holding back any punches. Every element in my tracks gets heard and appreciated. I've touched tunes from Bon Iver, Banks, Kacy Hill and more.
I work out of a private studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota called PRECIOUS. My services include everything from vocal tuning, to additional and primary production, mixing, keyboard playing, drum programming and more. My inspiration stems from Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Stevie Wonder, Aphex Twin, Tyler, the Creator, James Blake, etc.
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Interview with Sam Tusa
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Kacy Hill's, "Is It Selfish if We Talk About Me Again". She is an absurdly talented songwriter, and pushes fantastic vocal performances. Working on her songs was so relaxing and made me think about my life & friendships in new ways. From early recordings to mixing there was a magnificent sense of completion and importance on the final days. I adore listening to it honestly
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Some songs by my dearest friends!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mostly digital, analog is kinda a waste of time & money. But absolutely some analog work is worth it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Not really sure, I don't like a lot of it. But that is okay I think. Hearing delicate voices and cute memories in songs makes me feel good.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What is that sample? voice memo, Reface
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Using more samples than I am maybe. Not sure peoples takes
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you want to feel after people hear your song? Do you like beer?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do it!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Yamaha reface CP, Yamaha Reface CS, Macbook, Apollo Twin, Juul
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began making beats in high school. I attended a music college that taught shit I had already learned on YouTube; put me in debt. Began working with a talented producer/ songwriter that I looked up to as an engineer and assistant mixer. That's kinda it? Working with my friends
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Nature being a robot-guy
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Stevie Wonder so I can cry about it when I'm feeling sentimental
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Write loud
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic / Pop / Alt stuff
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Synths & drums or vocal editing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Songs I work on end up getting a fat Roland sound. I love to emphasize keys & chords. I bring some smack to my works. I love scary loudness when it's right.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listening over & over to a demo until I can't sleep with it stuck in my head. Then working with the chords / melodies and finding moments to run with that rule! Playing keys and filling out that warm feeling, then adding drums. That's typical for my production I guess. Depending on what I am doing for a track, the process can look different.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm working out of an old live room converted into a studio. We run my crud through an Apollo 16 chained to a Twin. Got the synthesizers hooked up to this Phoenix Audio Nicereizer 16. Been working off of some Adam monitors + a sub. Also some NS40's (legendary, love em). Frequently having gear switch in & out of my space.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: BJ Burton, Buddy Ross, Kevin Parker, and Tyler, the Creator are big inspirations to me. I love to feel lush synthesizers and wild chords that make me feel warm & nostalgic or something. Not really sure, but when I know I know. I like loud drums too! oof
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Working off artist's chord progressions, I enjoy producing out songs using my sounds & taste. Another typical task that is requested of me within the industry is vocal editing & tuning. I edit and layer vocal takes, then use Melodyne to perfect them.