Sometimes you hear some music that completely catches you off guard in a good way. First you’re in shock because you hear something completely new and yet familiar. You lose yourself in the song.
That’s exactly what happened when I heard Love from Morocco by Ballad (@MrLoveBallad), a sultry spacey soliloquy (with a Sade sample). I recently got the chance to chat with the man who engineered the song, Chris “C-Minor” Fonseca. C-Minor shared some insight on creating interest within a song. Read on to learn more.
How did you get into music and more specifically, engineering?
It was my uncle who actually inspired me to pursue music. He was an upcoming MC, R&B singer, and producer when I was in my early teens. He was the one who introduced me to my first music software, Reason. Producing became a favorite hobby from there. It was in high school when I took this class called “Electronic Music” that it became a passion. I knew something in music was what I wanted to pursue when I enrolled in that class 3 times (you only get credit taking it once lol). That’s when I decided to enroll in audio engineering in college.
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I fell in love with everything I was learning and just being in a studio. Even more with the process of a recording session and connecting with an artist to realize their creative vision. In the end, that is why I enjoy engineering so much.
Your mixes always keep my interest through out. How do you make that happen? Is it a back and forth collaboration with the producer and artist? Tell us how that works.
It definitely is some what of a trial and error process at first. I like hear a raw mix a couple times first to envision what I hear and how I think it should sound. Unless of course the artist is going for a particular sound. But many of the artists I work with trust my creativity and just let me have fun with it. My clients are usually happy with the result. Of course sometimes I might need an idea from the artist to spark something. Sometimes they send a song reference and that helps with my vision of the sound too.
What piece of engineering or production advice made the largest impact on you?
Definitely the biggest advice I’ve gotten is “never treat any artist or musician the same”. I learned that a recording session is definitely more a psychological thing than anything. It is important as an engineer to maintain the energy in the room and make the the artist(s) as comfortable as possible. Without establishing that, a session can go down the drain in an instant.
What projects do you have coming down the pipeline?
My most anticipated project is definitely Ballad’s EP “Euphoria”. Thats been an ongoing project for quite some time and alot of hours have gone into making this project the best it can be. I have another client #Drew Stackz with his mixtape “Sophomore Year” soon to release. I also have another project in the beginning works.
Where do we learn/hear more C-Minor?
I currently have a couple websites that feature many of works and productions. They also feature links to past clients