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Musicians: How To Build A Winning Team

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How do you How do you build and cultivate a team? You know that helps you succeed. If you could speak to the building of teams, Sure. Well, Brian Belmar was the first song that I did for my solo project and actually went through an iteration of a few different producers. My friend Ben in Khanty did some of the W the dub step sort of growls and textures and then subatomic. He he worked with me. He was like, Okay, Before we actually mix this, I think we need to go in on the sounds themselves like Let's get the best kick drum sound we can. Let's get the best Texture is the best, you know, like because if you have the best quality audio, then everything else will follow. And so he also had the idea to merge. You know, when you're doing electronic music, but with violin or vocals, kind of merging those elements. So it's not this cold, stark electronic content. And so I went in. When I went in the studio, I recorded peppercorns, rice shakers like these organic shaker textures and and then also this Icelandic jaw harp that I had and just in the act of having a few organic percussive elements helped fuse those two worlds together. The organic, the digital and analog, which I still do to this day. And then from there I had it mixed by. It's a Ming. It was another producer in New York who introduced me to I mean, it's kind of like, you know, you connect with one person, another person, another person, but really, I wanted to find the person that really fit and really understood what I was doing. Really got me and working with Ming. He's super, super fast, super efficient, like there were some moments of the song where, like, transitions, I didn't really know how that would work or different production elements. Um, but it still wasn't there, even after all those people. And then I finally brought it to Dave Sharma, who has been mixing who mixed that whole EP. The first EP that I released and I basically sat with him for a bunch of the sessions, a bunch of the mix sessions and the process with that is, you know, really finding where the song wants to live, which is interesting, like each song actually has a place where it wants to live. And because I've approached a lot of my music as as like an artistic expression that's really important. I'm not producing something that anybody else has inequality control over. It's not, um, not for you know, it's like a commercial label that has the specific thing that they want me to fit into. It's my expression, and I'm ultimately giving the yes or the no to the final product. So, you know, I really felt like Dave really got my vision and was pulling out elements of each song like when we worked on five, which is inspired by a Finnish Acapella women's course. But as represented by violins, Um, you know, I had a particular way that I thought that the track should go, but he was like So let's try it this way. I think this is and I was like, Okay, well, I'm open to it and very happy with that direction that we took so and then finding a mastering engineer. That's another critical piece. And how did I find? So I've been working with audible oddities, and he's worked with some of the top top artists. Top electronic artists like Amon Tobin and I can't think of the list right off the top of my head. But I think Eskimo as well. And, you know, just because I'm an audio file. So finding people who really care about audio, sound quality and the first the first track that I sent him to master it came back with It was perfect, like dough. No need to revise things. Uh, for this release that I did with desert dwellers, Um, they put Leah, which is one of my I think I really set in 2015. It was Leah and then four remixes by a few different artists Hodge and Tanner coming under and twin shape. And they used a different mastering engineer. I think we went through about four or five different revisions with that one because it plays to get the right person Does. It does, you know, like again, like investing just a little more, but because it's a legacy or leaving behind something that will live forever