Waiting for a Jett to land…

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Our First photo of Jett!

Happy Friday! In my last post about my life outside of music, I announced some sad news about my baby girl Aria. I also announced some happy news about her new baby brother. Has the months progressed, we’ve had doctor visits and tons of good news! So in this edition I want to share some more happy news! Let’s get it

The last few months have been a time of switching gears and preparation for the next chapter of life. My girlfriend and I have been in our new home for about 6 or 7 months now, and we are still trying to make it a home. During that time we found out that we will be having another child. This time it will be a little boy!

With everything that happened with our baby girl, we were very cautious. To be honest, we were a little scared of what might happen. From the start, we were thankful to have another chance at raising a child. This time we were more guarded than we were the first time. It took us a while to even announce that we were going to have another child, and for good reason.

I’ve never been one to count my blessings before they happen. So I urged my girlfriend to keep things under wraps until we knew our son was well on his way. It was hard keeping this secret from loved ones and friends, but we let everyone know that a Jett was about to land!

If you haven’t guessed it by now, we’ve decided to name our boy “Jett”. So far Jett has been very mellow, and only recently has he begun to rumble in Momma’s tummy! We are beyond excited to bring him up and have so many hopes and plans for him! So the next few months are going to be fun, tiring, and spent preparing for our son to get here.

I try not to be as closed off has I’ve been in the past, and I want to share more with my followers. But sometimes it’s hard, and I don’t know what to expect when I post these things. I’ve removed a lot of the negativity from my life while getting ready for everything. I don’t want any bad vibes anymore. So I find myself more and more protective of the peace of mind that I have developed over the past few months. I felt like sharing this news with everyone that has supported me and all the work that I have done over the years.

I thank you for always being here, and for supporting my work and new family. There have been some dark times, but the light will always break through!

Until next time, please be safe and enjoy the weekend! Pelase comment your thoughts on the name, “Jett”. Also, feel free to share your baby stories in the comment section below!

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After The Storm…

When I first heard the news about Aria, I was excited and nervous all at the same time. I was happy to begin this journey with my love and start a new chapter in both our lives…

Sadly that came to an end before we began, and it still hurts to this day. But after every storm, there is light and a new beginning. Now only a few months after leaving, Aria has watched over us and sent us her little brother!

We get to begin our journey once more, and this time we have a little angel making sure we are taken care of. To anyone that has lost their gift, only to receive a second chance, it’s hard but we must always carry on.

Thank you all for your love, thoughts and prayers. I am honored and thankful to receive this gift.

 

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CRASH Teaser!!!

*SPOILER ALERT*

Check out the madness…

This is a small clip from the upcoming video for my dear friend Aeon (aka @SinisterMinisterSmith).

Stay tuned…

 

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What is a “Modern Producer” in 2018-2019?

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Nowadays, people tend to throw around titles, and positions like no one’s business. They may have good intentions, but might be something TOTALLY different than what they say they are. The internet age has opened the doors to software and hardware that was unavailable for most people, and has made the studio experience readily available. Also, with sites like Mixcloud, Soundcloud and YouTube, sharing your creations has become so simple anyone can do it with a smartphone. I’ve been a “Modern Producer” for the past ten years, and working with other producers and different recording situations has taught me a lot. So in this edition I want to share what I think a “Modern Producer” really is, and how they help with the creative process. I’ll admit this post is geared more towards mid level to “Signed” musicians, but I will try to get into the DIY or “Underground” Producers as well. So with that, lets get into a Producer’s role when working with artists in the current age.

1. Works as the “Middle Man” between the Creative and the Technical

Sometimes when you are working with an artist that is new to the recording process or new to working in a studio (DIY or professional) it can be hard to get everyone on the same page. It is the Producer’s job to make sure everything goes as it should, and that everyone is doing what they should. This means being a translator of sorts.

The Producer needs to be familiar with the songwriting process while in the studio. They need to be able to take the abstract ideas about how the song should sound or “feel”, and explain it to the engineer in a way that the idea works. They basically take words like, “Fatter” or “Wider” and translate them into, “More EQ on the Bass”, or “Add Reverb to the vocals”. They take the creative ideas, and translates them into the technical jargon that the studio staff can understand.

2. Knows how to get the most from the studio staff, the artist, and the tools

Like I mentioned previously, the internet age has opened doors to everyone with a wifi connection. With this in mind, it is the Producer’s job to know the latest and greatest techniques, gear, trends and studio “tricks” to make the songwriting or studio session go smooth. You don’t want to work with someone that never upgraded to a digital work station, or is still using mixing techniques from the pre-stereo age would you?

This is even more important when working in your personal studio, or DIY studio. When you are working in your home studio, or with friends in a “Closet” studio, knowing the latest tips and tricks could speed up the session exponentially. So it’s up to the Producer to know how to get everyone working as a well tuned and efficient song writing machine!

3. Brings out the best in everyone…especially you

The studio sessions, and songwriting sessions could be totally nerve racking! Especially for a new artist, or an artist that has never really worked with others before. Even worse, you could have studio staff that are totally phoning it in, and are just there to push buttons. This is where, you guessed it, the Producer steps in. The Producer should introduce everyone to each other, and make everyone feel like a team. They should make the artist feel at ease and make sure they are able to give their best performance. They should also snap any studio staff into shape if they start to lose focus on the session.

Here, the Producer is a motivational source. They help the artist and staff in a way that is fun, and makes the experience a good one. If you have a Producer that is like a drill sergeant and makes the session a horror show, take a step back. Your Producer is not your boss, and should treat everyone equally.

4. Focuses on the overall plan

Writing a song in your living room is one thing. Recording a song for distribution is another thing. As an Artist, you write and preform the songs, and as an Engineer or studio staff you make sure you get the best sound and recordings possible. The Producer must have the overall picture laid out in their head. From the small details of the writing and recording process, to the final mix and tracking out process. The Producer may also look over the mixing of instrumental, vocal only, and live versions of the song. The post production portion of songwriting has many steps, and needs someone to manage it all.

If you have other people on your track, the Producer has the release forms ready. Want to have your song placed in movies, or remixed by a famous DJ? The Producer makes sure to have high quality versions of your song ready for film, or other musicians and Producers. The Producer should even know how to prep your song for posting to the web and websites.

If you are a new artist and are still unsure about things in the studio sessions or when working with other artists, try and connect with a good producer. They will help you more than you think, and usually end up understanding you as an artists and can help with your final vision.

Now I know there are some of you out there that have different ideas on what a “Producer” is. That’s okay! This is only one part of a WAY bigger process, and deserves a deeper look. So keep an eye out for more posts like this, and more info on Producers when it comes to Beat Making, and even “One Man Bands” or Producers that do everything (and when I say everything…I mean it!).

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