Hire [Special] Productions to produce your project if you are looking for a unique and informed perspective. More than simply beat makers, [Special] is a highly trained duo of producers and instrumentalists that can direct musicians and singers in studio, record parts, compose written arrangements, as well as work with electronic techniques.
[Special] hails from Brooklyn, NY. Trained in the area of jazz, both producers in [Special] have unique talents in performing as well as composing music from many genres. From Pop to RB, from New Music to Swing, your music will stand out if [Special] is in the producer's seat.
(work remotely or in person)
-Manage full studio sessions with musicians
(booking, arrangements, in studio direction, time management)
-Record horn lines
(write arrangements, record saxophone, flute, and trumpet remotely or in person)
-Editing and mixing
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Interview with [Special] Productions
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We created full backing tracks for a reggae artist. We managed to create so many different ideas and feels out of solo acoustic guitar tracks that it wild. It felt great to give his music that extra boost.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An EP of our original material
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog- smooth as silk.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We promise to be professional, punctual, and available.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Nothing in the world beats making music for money- generating income creating art is the biggest blessing possible.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do this in a month? Yeah Do you know a drummer? We know the most killing drummers
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some people think that they can roll up with the most abstract and conflicting ideas ever and that a producer can turn that into music- there needs to be some concrete musical concepts going on or it's not going to happen.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What does music mean to you? What is your life's dream?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure that if you hire a producer, that they can talk to musicians.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Ableton Live, trumpet, sax, keys, and a hard drive with shit loads of drum samples.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: We have been playing professionally since we were 18 in event bands, in jazz combos, and in cover bands/orchestras. About four years ago we got into production, merging our love of composition and arranging and Parliament into something new.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Jazz influenced funk/rb
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Quincy, because he knows everything.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn how to write out everything you record into a DAW.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: We are working in the modern, instrumental, jazz inspired hip-hop/rb field right now. We feel there are lots of interesting new creations being made in this realm right now, and we are very well suited for it.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Project management. We can take a vision and turn it into a practical, well polished track or live recording session very well.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We bring years of experience composing, arranging, and performing music. We also bring years of live and studio performance into the mix so that when it comes time to step into a studio, there is no question as to how time will be used, and how prepared everyone will be to make the project happen. Time is hard to come by in studios, and we make an artist's money go a long way.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If we are overseeing an artist's project, we review the goals and create a contract to establish the workflow, expenses, and how far our work will go (up to mixing). We then create the material getting continual input from the artist, creating scratch material or creating finished synthesized or electronic drum parts. If live musicians are needed, our long list of pro NYC players is pulled up and we find players perfectly suited for the job. We then run the session in a timely manner, getting as many as six or more songs recorded in a single session.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We can make scratch material at our home studio in Brooklyn, but the main event is at a new, state of the art studio in midtown Manhattan. An amazing API board, top of the line mics, a large live room, a small vocal booth, and an amazing engineer are some of the perks. We have a good relationship with the owners and want to bring as many people through their door s as we can.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy, Quincy, Quincy. And George Clinton. Sun Ra too
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: We work creating original content for vocalists, and we also produce our own material. We can oversee a full recording session, managing the musicians and artistically directing them. We can also get into the live room and record horn parts, and play along with the band.