Thomas Mansur is a Los Angeles based Musician, Producer, Composer, and Songwriter specializing in a variety of music from Reggae, Rock, Blues, and Electronic to Ambient, Orchestral and Avant-garde.
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Interview with Thomas Mansur
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced a bunch of music back in 2014 for a documentary called "Crack In The System" about the involvement of the CIA in the crack epidemic in LA in the 80s and 90s.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Jazz Guitar
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I just got here
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog is best sounding, digital is most practical
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will stay true to the song
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How much? A: Whats your budget?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it should take a long time
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals? What music has influenced you the most? What are three reference songs that can capture the vibe of what you are going for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open minded and lets work!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 2 Acoustic Guitars, 3 Hand Drums. No electricity right?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been involved in music over 30 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: So many
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Using white noise can sometimes help balance a mix quickly.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: You name it!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Perspective. Often times the artist is so close to their work that an outside perspective can help bring the project to vision.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Talking with the client to get a feel for their needs, goals and general vibe of the project and then going from there to develop the song. Everything must serve the song!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently am working on Mac using mainly Logic Pro and Protools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jimi Hendrix got me into guitar. Reggae and Funk productions from the 70s is what got me heavy into Bass guitar, Drums and Production.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I would say the most common type of work I do for my clients is taking their rough lyric and melody ideas and working with them to create complete, fully arranged, mixed and mastered radio ready tracks.