Platinum Selling Engineer. Credits with XXXTentacion, Maluma, Swae Lee, Skrillex, Lil Pump, YNW Melly, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Walshy Fire, Jon Secada.
Over 20 years experience in songwriting, recording, mixing, and engineering. I specialize mainly in hip hop but work with any genre.
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9 ReviewsEndorse Gerald "TAG" Yusuf
Close to 20 years of working with TAG, and when we started back then, he was already on top of his game. The man is a beast at everything he does. The numbers don't lie... @youknowtag 👑
TAG produces some quality tracks! You can tell his experience level after a few short conversations, but that finished product is smooth... A+ recommend for any project mixing / mastering.
One thing I say about Tag is he has years of experience as a rapper and producer/engineer. That always made the session really easy to work and it's like he knows what your thinking in the session
Been recording with TAG for over a decade. Engineering is his passion and he's great at what he does. His artistry adds even more value to the equation when engineering because he's able to put himself in the artist's shoes and help them through the recording process. TAG's a genuine pro, hands down.
A knowledgeable, skillful and very talented professional being. TAG is great to work alongside with and very inspiring 🙏🏼
TAG is professional, pays attention to detail, deep understanding of music, amazing improvising (especially when needed) and most importantly his quality is impeccable! Will definitely use again, and he'll with no question always get my referral.
Master Engineer Fa’ Real⌨️🖥
Gerald/ Tag is the most committed artist I've come across. He is constantly learning and upgrading himself, putting out new singles, collaborating with other artists, he's also very vibrant in the NFT and blockchain community talking to new fans and artists. Always on point to perform and give his best. He is also a great sound engineer, mixing, producing and completing a track from beginning to end. Can't wait for his new singles and music NFT's.
Whether it's mixing, writing, performing or producing, Tag is someone you can always count on to get the job done right! We've done tons of records together including an RIAA certified Gold (soon to be Platinum) album!
Interview with Gerald "TAG" Yusuf
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Arms Around You - Engineering for this record was exciting and a great learning experience since there were so many professionals involved.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Reference tracks for labels and putting out music monthly
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, Steven Q-Beatz
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog because recording great quality is the most important thing
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: High quality production and quick customer service
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Turning good music into great music
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge for mixing? Depends on the amount of work and how much tracks within the session. I would need to take a look at the session to give you a official quote.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Turn a bad recording into a great mix
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Be descriptive and detailed in what you want for the mix
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please have your sessions or stems organized and ready to go.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook pro, UA Twin, NS10's, Manley Reference Mic, CL1B Compressor
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Hip Hop Artist and for 18 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Urban but clean
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kanye West - he always pushes the limit
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The better the recording and production than the easier the mix. Invest in great quality.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop and Reggae
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing vocals
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Warm but bright vocals, hard hitting beats that compete with the industry, and space for part of the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Start with arranging the session in protools, mix the instrumental and vocals separately, make edits, combine them with mixing and leveling techniques, finish with arrangement and mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: UA Apollo, M1 Mac, NS10's, KRK's, Lunchbox, Millenia Preamp, CL1B, 1176, Waves, Autotune, and UA plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kanye West, 40, Kendrick Lamar
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering