Do your grimy Hip-Hop tracks needs a little more dirt? Would like your Pop ballad banger to sparkle? I can be the one to assist you in making your track radio ready faster than you can say "about 1 week tops!"
I have been producing music for the last 15 years, and started diving deep into my Audio Engineering journey about 4 years ago. I have an Associates Degree in Music Production from the Los Angeles Recording School, and I have also mixed hundreds songs since then, all recorded in a wide variety of different studios and environments. I love finding new and creative solutions to common problems in the audio world, such as understanding how different plug ins can affect a microphones performance, or how certain instruments frequencies should interact with each other in order to blend seamlessly. I am also famous in Thailand for being able to make a $15 Amazon live mic sound like a Neumann.
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Interview with Doug Nothing
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Me and my best friends have created and been working on over 60 songs in the past year, and we have narrowed it down to 47 songs which we are planning to release this year. I produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered every single HEARMEOUT! song, and I also have vocals on about 70% of the tracks.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on finishing the production and mixing/mastering of over 40 songs for the rap group/band I am apart of, HEARMEOUT!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I do not know anyone on SoundBetter, I'm new around town.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I prefer digital because it is much faster and more efficient for me to use, however, I find that analog sounds more realistic, and I always find myself using the analog sounds/presets in most plug-ins because of this reason.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be happy with how your track comes out, otherwise I will give you your money back. No hard feelings!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love having a finished result that I am proud of. Nothing makes me happier than working very hard on something with a clear goal in mind, and finally achieving that goal.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How quickly can you finish my mix? It depends, although under a week is always a safe answer. I will get it to you as soon as I possibly can (I mix about 5 songs a day on average currently, to give an idea of how quick I am).
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that I do not have not worked with enough "professional" artists or won any Grammy's yet, so how could I be good?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you want your vocals to sound? Clean? Distorted? Auto-Tuned? Heavily compressed? Would you like the bass to punch through or be more mellow? Would you like me to get creative with effects, or do you have a vision?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let me know what you are aiming for and I am confident we will easily be able to figure it out together, I'm the Audio Engineer style bender.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, EVO 8 Audio Interface, AT2020, m40x, and a bass guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have making beats since I was 9 years old and started producing for artists in High School. I eventually received my Associates Degree in Music Production and am now trying to pursue a mixing career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say I have an alternative, off-kilter approach to classic Hip-Hop.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Kenny Beats. I feel like we have a similar work flow and style, and I believe I could teach him a thing or two.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When mixing, don't try and make something louder, just make everything else more quiet.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Hip-Hop and Pop tracks.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is that I am a very fast learner, so I am able to overcome obstacles in order to get my desired final product very quickly, regardless of the source material/stems.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring a song to life; I can make your flat voice memos vocal sound like it was recorded in a studio, make the bass really stand out and smoothly punch through, or tame parts of your song that might be clipping.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically begin by taking out what I do not feel is necessary in a sound, usually by either cutting frequencies, combing, or applying gates. I will then boost the sounds by utilizing compressors, EQ adjustments, and effects (if needed). I then begin rounding out the mix to make sure it is ready for my mastering process, which involves the use of iZotope Ozone 9 and various Waves and stock Logic plug-ins.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a dual JBL Monitor set up paired with a 10 inch sub. I also have a couple pairs of Audio Technica m40x and m50x headphones, and various USB, XLR, and live mics (the AT2020 is my go-to). I use an EVO 8 audio interface, and I have been using Logic Pro X for years.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Flume, Dr. Dre, Tyler, the Creator, Kendrick Lamar, Big Pun, SZA, 070 Shake, Kenny Beats, 03 Greedo
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most commonly produce, mix, and master Hip-Hop and Pop tracks.