What kind of music creative are you?
I am a Music Producer, Music Composer, Musician, and Video Editor.
What inspired you to start creating music?
I've been into music from about the time I switched from piano lessons to guitar lessons. I love classical music, but the power of Led Zeppelin and the Beatles and other classic rock bands really got into my bones.
The power of music really inspired me. I could express ideas through music that I couldn't say in words as powerfully. When I toured the U.S. as a solo artist, I really felt the power of music and its ability to connect people from various backgrounds and ages.
What is your studio setup?
I am grateful to say that I have my pretty ideal setup right now! I've always had a music studio of some sort since college, but now I have a proper space, soundproofed with a drum set mic'd up and ready to go at all times! Guitar amps mic'd up and ready to go, and a myriad of sample libraries and soft synths always at the ready to do my bidding!
I came up as a pro-tools person, but about 6 years ago, I heard about Ableton Live and I switched over and have never looked back!
Songs or pieces of music can be started many different ways. Typically I will have a riff on guitar or keyboard or guitarlele, or some vocal melody idea I've recorded on my phone and I put it into Ableton and slowly build it up until it sounds like a real piece of music. If I'm really smart - I will then listen carefully with a detached mind and actually mute instruments to make it sound less cluttered. That's the one thing I'm still...still...always...learning..."Less is more". In general, the less tracks - the bigger the sound. It's bizarre - but it's true!
"I really felt the power of music and its ability to connect people from various backgrounds and ages."
Do you play any musical instruments?
I play guitar, bass, drums, guitarlele, keyboards, and can make some horror type noises on the cello! I recently played the Vitamix (blender) and got a cool two note motif going, so I'd say I also play the Vitamix now too!
What type of projects are you currently working on?
I create music for film and television. That includes music cues from funky to classical vibe to Hard Rock to muzak to Dark EDM to hip hop to you name it!I love all kinds of music and I produce and write all kinds of music depending on the mood or the need from my clients. I just finished scoring the documentary film, "The Long Road to Revitalization" which is about the gentrification of South Central Los Angeles and the upsides and downsides of what is happening to the neighborhoods there. It's been a wonderful experience for me.
The music I've been writing is on the funkier side with the main theme being played featuring a sweet Fender Rhodes keyboard motif with some jazzy guitar melodies. The theme is done in different ways through the film. In a hip hop vibe, in a jazzy vibe, in a slower version, etc. There's also some darker, more melancholy guitar cues which I love, as I love playing guitar and then having a good cry! :)
What is your creation process?
I kind of answered this before - but - yes - I used to start with a drum beat and then figure out chords or melody that go with that. I still do sometimes, but now I usually start with a chord progression or melody idea and then add instruments until it starts sounding "beefy" or "awesomely vegan"! I am constantly discovering new things in music and I am still amazed that it's ever changing and evolving. Just keeping up with new plugins and learning them and seeing what ideas they inspire is productive, fun and fruitful!
What project are you the proudest of?
There are really three projects (until the next one) that I am most proud of. I got a record deal on Sony/Immortal records and made a big budget video for the lead single, "To All the Lovely Ladies". That was definitely a personal milestone.
It was amazing working with director McG.Being the first composer on the TV show "Jackass" was also incredible. Getting paid to make insane punk rock jams or organ dirges was a blast!
Thirdly, one of my songs, "Boom Da Boom" was featured on Disney's "House of Mouse" show. The reason this was so exciting was that Disney animated my song with a bear named Pete singing the song. My friend Bernard and I wrote the original lyrics, and we changed them slightly to include Disney characters - and the rest, as they say, "is history!"
Lastly, I'm the co-founder of the website www.popdisciple.com, which is an educational and informational media publication focusing on the work of top media composers and music supervisors working today. I also produce the Pop Disciple podcast where listeners can learn from industry professionals what goes into making the music of their favorite TV show or film!
Why do you choose We Sound Human libraries?
I've been using the Impulse library and I'm really getting a lot of different flavors out of it. Even though I'm a guitar player, this library features many guitar riffs and effects that are beyond my area of expertise. I can play a little slide guitar, but the
acoustic slides in this library just sound "swampy". I mean that in the best way possible.
Dripping with attitude and reverb and pristinely recorded, I can use this library in tracks that I already have, or I can build a track from scratch using a riff as a main part of a new composition. Keep up the good work! Bravo!
Where can people hear your music?
"That's the one thing I'm still always learning... 'Less is more'."
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