I have over 15 years of experience producing, mixing, and mastering music.
Hey, I'm Dre! My DJ/stage name (if I were to ever find myself on one) is "LibraClassic!" (google it - it's there).However, most folks call me Libra (and you can, too). I own a music label called "Zodiac Thump Music" (google it - it's out there). I was never "picked", so I started my own label primarily as a vehicle to release my own music. My label publishes with ASCAP as well as BMI (Zodiac Thump Publishing & ZT Publishing, respectively).
I am also a DJ and have been since the mid-90's. I learned on vinyl and sh***y turntables, so my skill-level is now god-like (Zodiac Thump Radio - google it, it's out there).
I say all that to say - I will mix your stems for you (now that was anti-climactic, wasn't it?)
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Zodiac Thump Music
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2015, I - along with friends and colleagues Kev Kruz and Shane Tu Kora - released a song called "Love, Peace, & Harmony". It was a Deep House track that paid homage to a bar where I had a residency for a couple of years (it is now closed). I was particularly proud of the mixing and mastering I'd done with the track and the highlight of the release was actor Malik Yoba singing along to it at the bar (there's footage of it on my page). I played all keys, produced, arranged, and mastered the track!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a new EP called "The Brilliance EP", as well as working on a catalog of cues for licensing.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I'm a fan of the warmth of analog, but cannot afford analog gear, so I'm pretty much all digital at this point.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If I can't deliver, I will not take the job. If I take the job, I will deliver.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to communicate ideas and invoke emotion responses. Music is one of the mediums I use to do this.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy. It ain't!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your website? What is your budget? Can I hear some samples of what you make? Can I hear some samples of how you want your finished music to sound?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want to accomplish - the less you know about what you want, the more it will end up costing you, so nail down that scope!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: So boom - I was a househead (a real battlecat, too), then I was a DJ, while doing that I realized I wanted to produce music, so I started trying in 2001 (my first DAW was Acid Pro 3), so I've been producing roughly for 21 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is deep house, soul, and acid-jazz oriented. My compositions tend to be more complex than average (I believe in layers and song development).
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Kevin Yost. As an late 80s/early 90s "Househead", I have spent 30 years buying his music, remixes. His catalogue is breathtaking - it's rare that he makes something I don't like!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: First tip: Learn.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on House, Downtempo, Acid Jazz, and New Soul
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my resourcefulness.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the gift of communication to a song - I'll explain. I am also a graphic designer and the same rules of communication apply to design as well as music. I specialize in taking your vision of how YOU want to communicate and using my cumulative experience to communicate that vision effectively. Basically, whatever you're trying to "say" to your audience, I'll help you figure out how to "say" it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run (2) custom built (by me) PCs running Pro Tools + Plugins on one, Cubase + Plugins on the other along with an M-Audio ProFire 610 (it's old, but it's a workhorse), a Steinberg UR44-C, a Novation Impulse 61, and a pair of Yamaha HS8 studio monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by Louie Vega, George Benson, DJ Spinna, Malcolm Cecil, Kenny Dope, Atjazz, Al Schmitt, Coflo, Demuir, Steely Dan, The Roots, Francois K., Danny Krivit, Roger Nichols, Bill Schnee, Elliot Scheiner, Tom Lord-Alge - listen, we'll be here all day
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I would typically be mixing stems, remixing tracks, conceptualizing, and producing.