Professional mix engineer of all genres who actually cares about your vision. I have every industry-standard plugin, and I've been studying engineering for over 5 years. I also offer songwriting services for all genres, with a specialization in Rap/Hip Hop music. Finally, I'm available for Rap performance collaborations. Contact me for more info!
My name is Joseph Pembroke Jr., and my artist name is Kid Hartha. I'm Philadelphia-born but am currently residing in Chicago. I've been writing songs since I was about 10 years old, and I've been releasing music since I was 16. As I've grown as an artist, I took an interest in audio engineering because it allows me to fully control the final product of my sound. I believe that my skills have become so sharp that I want the opportunity to help other artists achieve the sound they desire, because I know first hand how difficult it can be to work alongside engineers who don't understand the vision. Ask me anything you'd like.
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Interview with Joseph Pembroke
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Leaning Analog because it's clearly better.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Leveling up my own skills through trial and error.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: We're here to "fix" your song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to past work from the engineers you're hiring. Make sure they understand what you're going for instead of leaving it up to them. Most engineers don't really have a special ear for music, they view everything too technically.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neumann mic, Bongos, Hardware compressor, Good headphones, Cannabis.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm en route to proving that I'm one of the greatest rappers on the planet. I'm currently audio engineering to make money and grow as an artist.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Calculated yet open to the spirit of the muse. Aggressive yet careful.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dr. Dre because he's a legend who can teach me many things and challenge me to do better.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: "Carving out space" for an instrument can be just as detrimental as it can be helpful.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap/Hip Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the perfect balance of experimentation and historical understanding of where the song needs to "go".
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: From the engineering side, I ask the client key questions to understand the direction of the song. Then I'll study some mixes from other songs in the genre. I'll then go to work.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Home studio setup, Top of the line windows PC, Neumann TLM 67 Mic, Shure SM7B Mic, Warm Audio 2A Optical Compressor, etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: J. Cole, Dave Pensado, L10, MixBusTV, Lupe Fiasco, Timbaland
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio Recording, Song Mixing, Song Mastering