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Chase Bell, the owner of Chase Bell Studio, found his true passion for music very early in life. He studied music incessantly since he was 12. His initial approach was learning the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix and other Classic Rock Gods.
He went deep into music theory and studied Jazz heavily though he always knew his heart wasn’t in jazz and instead was called by the simple pop anthems of today and yesterday.
He spent a few years in England and got into the music scene as a pop songwriter. He produced music in Europe performed with bands and developed his own songwriting approach.
He came to Los Angeles because of a few Revlon commercials for which he wrote the music for, and ended up staying in LA.
He’s constantly writing music and digging into himself as a songwriter to find what his heart really wants to say. He feels that music has the ability to understand ourselves more.
He believes the power of music is undeniable, and that’s why he chose to dedicate his life to it.
Do you play any musical instruments?
YES. Guitar, Bass, Piano. I write all instruments parts, as I am a band leader.
How did you get into music and for how long have you been producing for?
I’ve been producing music for my entire life. My mother was a singer. I got into music very early and performed and produced and was produced all over the world.
What, in your opinion, are the skills needed to be a music producer?
Such a long list. Have your heart in what you are creating. Be ok with spending over 10,000 hours on your craft. Understand Musicology. Understand Music Theory. Understand an instrument. Understand how artists think and feel.
How do you become a music producer? Do you study with courses, learn online or just experiment?
I became a music producer by watching real producers produce artists in London and Rome and NYC and Los Angeles. I learned from the best and dedicated my life to it.
Who are the producers who have most influenced your approach to music production and why did they have that influence?
What DAW are you currently working with? Why do you prefer to work with this DAW?
And what about your room? How big is it? Is there treatment?
Everyone from One Republic to Billie Eilish and Aloe Blacc and many more have come here. Mainly the alure of my spot is that it is nestled in a beautiful area and comfortable and of course quiet too. The vocal booth is 10 by 10 and the main room is 50 by 40.
What monitors do you use?
What are some of your favorite microphones?
When you set up your sessions, what’s your general layout and what would you start mixing first?
It depends on the heart and soul of the song itself.
What are your five most favorite plugins?
Compression, EQ, Reverb, and Autotune.
And what’s the one plug-in that you simply couldn’t do without?
Which plug-ins do you like to use on vocals?
Compression, EQ, and Reverb. That’s the foundation of any mix. I am not a ‘mixer’, although I of course mix.
When I get the chance to have another mix on a project, I take it if there is a budget.
Do you have a lot of compression going on?
If it’s too much compression the sound is really off, that’s true. You gotta be careful to not push compression for sure.
As far as EQing goes, are you doing more subtractive, additive or is it an equal amount of both?
Mostly Subtle yet pads and drums sometimes need very fine EQ’ing.
In regard to cutting frequencies, are there areas that you find yourself gravitating more towards?
The low end – 110Hz.
What plugins do you typically have on your master bus?
Limiter — to sense how it will be mastered. I try not to add any more compression.
How do you make your mix louder?
Compression, EQ and a host of other ways that I can show you but it’s hard to describe… It depends on the song itself.
In your opinion, what classifies as a good mix and a good master?
If the song can compete at a sonic level to the hit song of the day and the songs that the artist wants to emulate then it’s a good mix and master.
What is your biggest challenge as a music producer?
The balance of songwriter, artist, and music producer in other peoples eyes is a hard balance. I can turn them on with a switch because I am grateful and love being all three. I need to show people I can do that before they trust me… 🙂
What׳s your advice to producers who are starting out and making tracks in their bedroom?
Learn from others that have been doing it longer if you can. Take out the trash and shine the shoes of people who you know know more than you…
Would you like to work with Chase Bell?
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