Over 20 years deep. Credits(To name a few) - Cee Lo Green, Method Man, M.O.P, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, Styles P, Kool G Rap, Vinnie Paz, Nems, Ill Bill, Mayhem Lauren, Benny The Butcher etc
Albert Charlemagne is an audio engineer and business owner with well over 20 years experience. A true veteran from Brooklyn, New York. Owner and founder of Brooklyn Dragon’s Lair. For years he has demonstrated unique skills in audio engineering. This lead to a history of working in the music industry with legendary artists such as: Cee Lo Green, Method Man, Black Moon, M.O.P, Smif-N-Wessun, Ill Bill, Benny The Butcher, Styles P, Conway, Vinnie Paz, Nems etc. Click link to website for full list of credits and samples of work https://bkdragonslair.com/albert-charlemagne Skilled in Professional Audio, Audio Engineering, Recording, Mixing, Mastering and Artist Development. Strong business professional and graduate from Five Towns College. Degree in Music Business with a concentration in Audio Recording Technology.
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Interview with Albert Charlemagne
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It was really 2 big projects I worked on during the height of the pandemic that were very successful. The Gorilla Twins LP by Ill Bill and Nems and The Pandemic LP by Tek(Smif-N-Wessun). I recorded the whole Gorilla Twins album and recorded/mixed/mastered the Pandemic album.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Im working on a few albums with various clients.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much? It depends on the job. How long does it take? Just a few days, depending on the job.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think it's easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you looking to put your music out for distribution or is it just for you? Do you have the audio files to the instrumental?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Cheap is not better!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Hard Drive, a Mac computer, Interface, microphone and pre amp.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I graduated with a degree in Music business with a concentration in Audio Recording Technology from Five Towns College in Dix Hils NY. My involvement in music stems from when I was a child. I am a lifer!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Movement! I strongly dislike boring stale mixes so I have a lot of automation going on.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist outside of my my normal genre would be cool since it would be new to me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Add layers!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hip, Rap, Reggaeton and all of their sub-genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really depends on the session. One thing I always do is just take my time. No rush. Some clients come in to the studio to just record, others to record, mix and master and the rest are online mix and master. I usually work on the instrumental first, then the vocals and the master buss last. I send a TEST print and prefer the client to marinate with the song for a few days and then come back to me with mix notes(revisions).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a hybrid set up with 2 loaded up Macs. I used to have a bunch of hardware but now I have dimmed down quite a bit to a more in the box workflow. I have a pretty large set up furnished with an argosy desk, speaker stands and racks. The whole entire room's acoustics are controlled by GIK Acoustic panels and diffusers. The hardware in the desk is from AMS Neve, Chandler, Dangerous and an UA Apollo X interface.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There isn't one person that really inspires me, it's every creative mind that I work with that has a story to tell.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Time is precious.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to make music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Expanding and bringing the vision of the artist to life!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I add the smack!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do for my clients is record, mix and master their project from start to finish. It can be a single, Mixtape, EP and or LP. Over the past 20 years I got into the habit of providing all services in one session. The clients were happy that they were saving a lot of time and money and I adapted that workflow as my norm, my template.