When it comes to the creation of music, i have learned that simply knowing how to make it, is not always enough, its "making it sound GOOD", that turns it into both a fun and challenging process... and that's where my knowledge of audio engineering comes in handy! I majored in audio/radio production during college and then spent 7 years honing the craft while working at XM Radio
. Though i got paid to produce or "image" radio drops and promos all day for XM, some of which i will post up in a future entry, it was in fact my time spent after company business hours mixing my own songs, that helped make my ears as sensitive as they are to how things should sound. From the recording to the mixing and in some cases, even the mastering, i had to do it all out of necessity, and thank God because i have learned how to be a much better producer now, from those experiences in the past.
Recently, i have began using my audio engineering skills to support myself and ultimately my own musical efforts. Earlier this summer, i got the opportunity to master the latest album of an emcee from one of my fav underground groups- Poems
of LA Symphony. Shouts to the homie Oddisee
for making that happen! Ironically, Oddisee mixed and produced a few tracks off the record ("Black And Read All Over") which will be out July 28th on Mello Music Group
. Stay tuned for more personal insight & experiences from me on the art of audio engineering... in the meantime, here's an article from Remix Magazine detailing how i mixed "The Scenic Route", check it