Today’s guest is music producer, songwriter, and mix engineer John Velasquez. John has gone being signed to Cherrytree Records as a member of the band Max and the Moon to working behind the glass as a producer and songwriter for artist such as Zella Day, Lindsey Black, Ella Vos, and Vacations. We have a great chat about what skills make a producer irreplaceable in the room, why creating your own sounds and samples ages way better than using presets and splice loops, how to create a safe space for artists to be authentic, and when he learned the best way to collaborate is to never try to satisfy your own needs or ego.
🗒 In this episode we'll dig in on... 🗒
- Chase the art and the money comes
- The importance of being a great hang in the studio
- Staying authentic as an artist
- Advice for signing a record deal
- Learning how to collaborate
- Create like a child, edit like a scientist, detach like a warrior
- Finding your tribe
- Playing in Max and the Moon
- Signing to management
- Remote songwriting
- Keeping your ego out of the room
- Understanding how many projects you can take on
- Applying business knowledge to your music career
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🎶 ... Listening Recommendation 🎶
Lili Joy - https://open.spotify.com/artist/2JJZDaBBu8qHCKxSXFwMI4?si=arkFXd1ATGGZydCnbYpIgQ
Twain - https://open.spotify.com/artist/2tMcnRGaCtfz1ZyTBgHjmW?si=OF_IS30YTImeY-rKZ04MuQ
Jackie Marchal - https://open.spotify.com/artist/0impl8NVq1NoLQssU18V1P?si=Cjc2Uj8yQqSs5uyNie53JQ
Polo & Pan - https://open.spotify.com/artist/45yEuthJ9yq1rNXAOpBnqM?si=W0ML4feJTlGjylb62nhp9g
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Guest: John Velasquez
Host: Travis Ference
Editor: Stephen Boyd
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