We had a chance to meet up with Kaotik Music Group Corporation’s owner David Jones. Being an artist since the age of tweleve David thrives on sound and helping independent musicians get to where they need to be in the music industry.
GW: Do you record music yourself?
David: Yes I do and my artist name is Kaos.
GW: Do you rap or sing?
David: I rap, I’ve wrote my own songs for a long time.
GW: Did you start with rapping and then just develop an interest for producing?
David: That went hand in hand really. Because when I was doing music when I was sixteen or seventeen in my parents’ house, I obviously didn’t have an engineer or anyone to mix any of my stuff so I kinda learned how to do it and over the years I have perfected the art of sound and being able to get my sound where I needed it to be without having a million dollar studio.
GW: How did you learn to engineer and produce? Did you go school?
David: I basically did it all hands on. I would listen to how a song would sound, for example one of the most notorious that I was known for listening to was Eminem and I use to listen to a lot of DBlock, and I would listen to how their voice would sound and I would figure out how it would all come together as far as eq’s, reverbs and impressions. It was a lot of trial and error and learning how to apply a lot of different effects that I didn’t really know what they were at the time, but I knew it needed to be added. Over the past twelve years I’ve been able to record, master and produce songs that sound like a million dollars.
GW: What are you focusing on now, your producing or your music?
David: I’m doing both actually. My biggest thing right now is totally geared towards putting my name out there as far as sound engineering is concerned. But recently a lot of people have been at me to get back into doing the artist thing as well.
GW: How did you start
David: Originally how it all happened, ironically enough I’m sure that you and the public have heard of Jeremy Green, which is Bad Boy’s R&B artist. I did a lot of tracks for him as far as engineering is concerned. And as being an artist I have probably recorded over 600 songs in my life, so it was pretty much just word of mouth ya know. The internet and people that knew I was producing would ask me to produce and engineer their projects. And pretty much it’s taken to the point now where we’re going to have a full blown recording facility where people can come from all over the world and record in the studio and have a warm presence opposed to not being able to work with the person that is recording you to make you sound how you want to sound without the pressure of a professional over your head.
GW: Are you building your own studio then?
David: Yeah we’re in the process right now of building Kaotik Music Group Studios; it’s going to be pretty exciting. I’ll have a bunch of pictures and videos for Gutta World and anybody that wants to see how a studio goes from just a business space to a complete corporation and transformed into a professional studio atmosphere.
GW: Is it going to be one of the studios where people can come and record at certain times or will people be able to come from out of town and stay there and record in a more relaxed setting?
David: The cool thing is that we are going to revolutionize the studio environment because the first studio is just a recording studio and the one that we are building this summer is actually called Kaotik Music Group Enterprises. And what that’s going to be is a full blown community designated towards that are coming from all over the place to record. They are actually going to have a facility where they can stay, as far as three master hotel rooms that are like big suites. Also onsite there will be an in ground swimming pool, there will be a baseball field, there will be a bunch of different things that artists can get their creativity and be able to have fun while creating their masterpiece at the same time and at the same location.
GW: That’s going to be sweet.
David: Yeah, it’s going to be quite different.
GW: Do you do this on your own or do you have partners that you work with?
David: I’ve actually been doing this all on my own as far as getting everything together. I’d like to mention my builder is Tim Siegel, he’s a really good builder, he went and built Rock Dog Studios, which you can check out at RockDogStudios.com. He’s an amazing builder he pretty much turned that warehouse into what looks like a million dollar recording studio. But as partners are concerned I have my second engineer, his name is Corey Cole. I’ve been doing it all myself, I’m just now bringing in partners into it to make it a little bit easier. But as far as the dynamics of where the whole Kaotik Music Group came from its pretty much has been just me.
GW: If there was an artist that thought they had their music ready to be mastered and engineered how would they go about that? Do they record a song at home or should they go to a studio to record? What’s the process if people and artists don’t know?
David: The process of creating that over all mastered sound or that professional sound and really be achieved in any environment, it just matters on how far you want to take the quality to. If you say for example somebody that wants to record a song at home, if they want to record a song at home that’s cool, we can mix and master that as well. But as far as being able to have it on the new equipment and a sound isolation both and things like that to really bring that professional appeal to the pinnacle so that it’s the best it possibly can be. As far as recording at home, that’s a very easy thing to do you just have to make sure that where ever you record you officially don’t have train tracks and a whole bunch of outside sounds. But as far as being able to achieve what they want at home on their own budget and their own time, it’s very doable.
GW: If they have a choice artists should obviously go to a studio rather than recording at home…
David: Definitely, I recommend going to a studio anyway because then you have an outside ear to oversee the project and an see different types of sounds and frequencies that could be changed or added to make your music that much better and more presentable to the actual public.
GW: Do you do create beats too?
David: Yeah I do beats as well. I pretty much whatever sound anybody needs, I can put it together. Whether its movie scores, instrumentals, performance tracks for artist that need to have their beats and sounds master for live performances, anything that needs to be done sound wise, I’m pretty much the man to do it.
GW: How does an artist go about contacting you?
David: They can contact me at my email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave me a name and a contact phone to give you a call and we can figure out what the process is to get their project started and completed.
GW: What’s an average time frame if someone wants to get their album done?
David: That’s very misconceived these days because a lot of people think a whole CD can be done in one sitting. And if you want a good project I usually take about seven to ten days to mix a ten to twelve track CD. The reason why I do that is because every time you ears take a break you notice something else that could be changed or even taken away from a mix that you initially added or changed at an earlier listening session. So to answer that question best I’d say about a week to get a whole CD mix and mastered properly.
GW: Are you really hands on with the client/artist, or do you prefer to work on it alone?
David: I absolutely like the customer to be in there with me or on the phone or online or whatever way they can be right there with me, to tell me hey I like this or no I don’t like this, or they can we try this or that. That’s absolutely something that needs to happen because then the client or artist feels more a part of their song, it’s their creation so I don’t want to limit them to not having any input or suggestions for their own music.
GW: I know some artists can be very intimidated and think they may not be able to afford to go to a professional producer or studio, what do you say to those artists?
David: The first thing that you need to do as an independent artist would be to figure what song or songs are really can separate yourself from others and create you as a specific artist and figure out what you want to do. Do you just want to record the takes to have them out there for people to listen to or do you want to take it to that next step so you can put it on a CD and put it out to the general public and so that everyone knows this sounds amazing because it was done in the studio. What I tell people that don’t have money is that I do something that’s a lot different than most people, I will mix and master up to three songs for free and that gives people a general idea of how their music will sound after Kaotik Music Group is done with it. Then after that we can go over some kind of financial budget, and I also allow payment plans because I understand how hard it is to come up as an artist without money.
GW: Do you stick with a certain genre of music or are you open to anything?
David: I’m pretty much open to everything. I really enjoy doing dubstep, like Skrillex and Deadmou and big things like that. But I also like rap obviously because that’s where my heart has been from day one. I do everything as far as mixing and mastering or creating, I’ll do country, heavy metal or pretty much everything anybody needs I love sound in general so I don’t ever limit myself to a certain genre because I like to be able to expand and be fully creative within the whole entire business aspect of music.
GW: Where do you see yourself after you create Kaotik Enterprise?
David: I kinda see it going into a bigger sense of being able to offer music that can be recorded, missed, engineered and created at a more financially faceable price for independent artists. And I really see this going and turning into a chain of Kaotik Music Group Studios where there will be different people in different states that will have the same titled and the same warming atmosphere that the original will have. I see this going above and behind what most people would expect of an actual studio chain, because I kind of want to take over the corporate world and change what people think of corporations when they here that name. Because a lot of people get very intimidated when you say hey this is Kaotik Music Group Corporations, they’re like oh man I don’t really want to get into that because I don’t want anyone to take my music or change me. And that’s been my number one goal is to leave the artist as they want to be, if they want to have some different effect or they want to sound how they sound that’s them, there’s no place for me or anybody that works on my staff to say hey that doesn’t sound good you need to come back later.
GW: When you do get to that point where there are multiple locations you aren’t going to discriminate any artist?
David: No. I really feel like I want to stay independent in the face that I really don’t like working with major label record companies because they like to change everything. You see it every day. Eminem for example use to be all about his emotion distress and all of the things he had going on and now he’s doing the type of music that is like “sell out music” and I don’t think artist’s should change like that. I think that they should stay hungry and stay humble, number one stay humble because money brings a lot of different changes in people. I just feel that staying with independent artist’s you see the hunger and you want to help them succeed.
GW: Is there anything else that you think is important for people to know about you or Kaotik Music Group?
David: I want people to know that I came up from nothing and I became something and that was by my drive and dedication. I had this dream for sixteen, seventeen years as far as when I was a little kid, 5, I wanted to be doing music. Then I became an adolescent at twelve and thirteen and I kept doing music, even though my parents didn’t like it now that I’m being successful with my dream they’re supportive. The best thing I can say to people about me is that I’m not going to let you give up on yourself or your own goals and that I’m going to help make those realities. Because I’m living proof that with work and determination that anything is possible. And for artist that don’t have money, give me a call or send me an email and we’ll see what we can work out to make your dreams come reality with being able to have your first record or be able to put yourself out there. That’s our number one goal, is to make your dreams a reality.
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