Producer/Artist Spotlight: Carlos M.

Before I approach an Artist, Producer or Graphic Designer I look at the consistency in their work, how they engage with people they interact with and the quality of the product. I was excited to run across Carlos M.  I had a chance to talk with this dope Producer/Artist via Instagram and email.

Carlos M.
Let the readers know where you are from? Growing up, did you always want to work in the music field? Can you recall your first musical memory? Could you see yourself doing anything else today?                                                                  Born and raised in New Jersey - originally from Jersey City but bounced to Union City and now Weehawken. I always had a thing for music, singing boys to men as a kid tryin'a holler at shorties LOL! In all seriousness though, there was something about the soul. I later fell deeply in love with Neosoul and artists such as Musiq, Jill Scott, D'Angelo, The Roots and the list goes on and on... 

What is distinctive about Up The Hill Music?

The attention to detail and bigger sound. 

You're a producer and an artist. How does producing your own music compare to working for someone else? What are the pros and cons of each? Are there any methods of working that apply to both? 

I've never had the opportunity to work for someone else but look forward to it, especially in an industry setting! I think it makes a huge difference when writing and collaborating on different records I've never produced. There's something about the unexpected that really triggers the creativity. In either situation, it's key to not be comfortable. 

What are some of your favorite VST's and Sound Kits?

This is a loaded question - over the years I've bounced around quite a bit but I find myself always going back to Reason and with the latest reason 10 updates it's become even more inspiring. I really like to check out BigFish Audio from time to time, they have some amazing sounds. I'm a huge fan of Omnisphere, Nexus, Soundtoys and Waves.  

As a producer myself, buying sounds has its advantages over downloading free kits. How do you feel about downloading free sounds versus buying your drum and sound kits?

I think the main goal as a producer is to be able to take any sound and make it unique regardless of whether it's a free or paid sound pack. Exercise your brain! 

What other producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?

Tricky Stewart, Brian Michael Cox, Teddy Riley, TM88, Chris Henderson, The DREAM, EGO Death -- there are so many more!!!

Tell us about your studio. What were the criteria when setting it up and how does this environment influence the creative process? How important, relatively speaking are factors like mood, ergonomics, and technology for you? 

Growing up in a poor house it took quite some time to buy everything, after some heavy research and good friends in the industry helping me save headaches I was able to find a good set of monitors (Yamaha HS8's), a fantastic interface (focus rite 18i20) and keyboard (Akai MPK 49 -> Nektar Panorama P4. The rest was up to being creative! As for Ergonomics always invest in a great studio chair, you spend a ton of time in it, you might as well be comfortable. Get the best money cables can buy, I highly recommend MOGAMI. 

What do you like to do for fun outside of working on music?

I have a fish tank hobby, two planted fish tanks. I love to paint abstract art in my free time and spend time with my lovely daughter Evie, she's my world. 

How important is versatility when it comes to producing music?

I feel being yourself and creating what you love is key but at the same time developing the skill to be able to follow trends is equally important as a professional producer in this industry. 

What advice would you offer to someone just getting started in music production?

Don't feel pressured to buy all of the expensive hardware and stuff from the gate, pick up Reason and some nice sound banks online (Big Fish Audio etc)and just have fun, everything else will fall in to place. 

What can we expect from Up The Hill Music in 2018?                                                          
Giveaways, FIRE Music Production, FREE TOP NOTCH BEATS and maybe even a placement with a major Artist!                                                                                            

Is there anything else you would like to share before we go?                                  

Create your lane, do what you love and don't ever stop!  


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