Producer, engineer and member of Rap group Barbaydose. 20 plus years of audio experience starting as a DJ and producer in the early 2000s. I have also been performing and creating with local and touring artists throughout the greater bay area.
Expert Level Avid Pro-tools
Highly Proficient in all major DAWs
Sound design and dialog/foley editing
Sound for film
Managing full projects from conception to release
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Interview with Hiright
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My band Barbaydose first record “Future Reminiscent “ I am proud of the production more than the mixing but both were a big leap forward for me. I took risks and they paid off!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on my bands EP and a 5 song EP for a local Bay Area artist
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new here and don’t know anyone yet
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital in the box mainly for the ability to recall and have multiple iterations of sessions.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will always do my best to enhance your art to the highest level and we will have fun along the way!!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping people create art that evokes emotion
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you charge? I have different pay scales for a variety of projects and it depends on what specifically you are looking to accomplish
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you can learn it overnight or on a YouTube channel. It is something you can do for 35 years and still be learning
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the story you want to tell? Who are some artists you admire? How far do you want to take your career as an artist?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone that loves what they do!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MPC, LAPTOP, Monitors, Turntable and a gas generator so I could use the gear!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: DJ since high school, started producing, went to school for music, worked a variety of music based jobs then back to school and now working in music full time
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Futuristic BoomBap
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: JID because he is very adventurous sonically and it would be fun to work on the variety of soundscapes he would use.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When tracking out drums and sounds from an MPC turn on the internal compressor of the MPC to give your stuff a little extra punch
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Making beats and mixing rap records
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a modern ear with classic sensibilities and the goal of making cinematic pieces
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Have a rough sketch of a beat then build with the artists vocals. Once scratch vocals are layed for place holders I add more to the production then we go back and finish the vocals. If it’s just a mix I’ll import all the multitracks then set up my bus routing. Do some editing then clean up on any tracks. Once that is done then I move to my processing and work between Top down and individual tracks within the context of the song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Avid Protools, lots of plug ins and some outboard gear to warm everything up
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Alchemist, Evidence, Jaycen Joshua, Leslie Breathwaite
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, editing, producing and mixing