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Advice from a Independent Recording Artist and Audio Engineer for New Artists

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When you want to be a recording artist you may not know where to start. When it comes to being an independent artist, there are a lot of aspects that you might not be aware of or aren’t really sure about. Independent recording artist and owner of Phaded Records, Adam Bennett aka Snazzy Phade has some insight and advice on making sure you have the info you need to be your own artist.

As Snazzy Phade, Adam has created, remixed, or mastered over forty-five songs available to stream on various platforms. With his audio engineering expertise, he has been able to mix his and other artist’s music. “I am proficient in a lot with a wide variety of consoles, outboard gear, and software like Universal audio, Wave plugins bundle, Isotope plug-in bundle, Native instruments plunging bundle, and I am Pro tools 101 certified,” he says. There is so much more to the recording process than just recording and Adam has the insight on what is actually the most difficult part about being an independent artist.

“Marketing yourself is the hardest part about being an independent artist,” Adam states. “There were a lot of facets to this industry I wasn’t even aware of until I was facing it. Budgeting, online promotion, and presence is all considered from before you release a song, to after you release a song.”

For new artists, there are a lot of things that can be overwhelming. “For someone just starting out in the music industry I would tell them to invest in themselves and their future. If they are serious about their career in the music industry you have to go all in and invest into yourself.  Learn how to do it right and how to get paid for what you create. Too many artists pay thousands on studio fees, engineer fees, producer fees, and music videos, and don’t spend anything on actually promoting it! Learn what labels do for their artists. There’s a learning process to everything new someone starts in their life but if you put in the time and believe in yourself you will reach your goals,” Adam explains. 

Adam has some good experience reaching his goals as of late. His current motivations as an audio engineer and recording artist started young. At an early age Adam had a deep love and passion for music. Growing up he was heavily inspired by Bay Area music and RnB/Rap. “My first CD ever was Confessions by Usher in 2004,” he said, remembering. He attended SAE Institute/Expressions College in Berkeley, CA for audio engineering and music production and graduated in 2016 as class valedictorian with the highest overall GPA and the most hours logged in the class nearly doubling everyone else that attended. He is also Pro tools 101 Certified and only uses the best quality plugin bundles to mix and master for his clients.  “I am proficient with Abelton, Pro Tools, Logic, and Cubase, I’ve worked with a wide variety of high quality gear at high quality venues for my audio engineering gigs like microphones, audio processors, outboard gear, live sound gear, live sound setups, and concert audio.

From capturing audio, manipulating audio, mixing live audio, concert setups, recording artists, to using million dollar audio consoles, Adam has been reaching new heights. “I am pretty versatile when it comes to mixing and mastering. I use the Izotope Mix and master bundle, waves plugins, UAD plugins, all run through a Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo. I have a song out with Keak da Sneak who has a decent following and songs with e40/too short.” Getting a great sounding song comes with a price!  Using the right gear and software is key to finding your sound as an independent artist and high quality equipment makes a world of difference.

When you want to build your team, find the people that will work to make sure you succeed. Adam has the skills and the knowledge to guide new artists through the industry as they are starting out or just wanting a song mixed or mastered. Check out his website for more information.

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