Interview withQuaid

Quaid made an incredibly catchy song in our Music Production contest. In this interview, we explore his creative process for making music.

Interview with Quaid

Congratulations on winning the “Best Hook” prize in this contest! This song is super catchy. Can you please tell us your inspiration for it?

Thank you really I appreciate it! I wanted to create something that captured the vibe of my hometown Huntington Beach, California aka Surf City USA. Cruising down the pacific coast highway, catching some waves, the smell of sea salt in the air, beautiful women etc. just the whole beach city lifestyle was the inspiration for me.

What genres did you combine to produce this track?

To pull this off it needed an authentic Surf Rock feel, something reminiscent of the Beach Boys, but at the same time I didn’t want to go completely vintage so I went with an urban beat that to me feels reminiscent of Outkast, but with the familiar trap drums as well that we all are accustomed to today. So basically Surf Rock & Urban/Trap

The album artwork fits the song perfectly too. What’s the vibe that you want to convey with this track?

Thank you! I just wanted to give people a taste of what it is like in my city. The location in the artwork is a real place if you go to Huntington Beach you will recognize the pier and everything. It’s just a shout out to where I came from and hopefully people will want to spin this to catch some summertime feels whether they’re headed to the beach or anywhere. And shoutout @mo.visuals for the artwork!

Please tell us about your creative approach

I started with the main riff in the intro. I was just jamming on my guitar and loved how it sounded. Then I moved onto the drums after I recorded all of the guitar parts and then once the beat was done it was time to write.

What are your favorite DAWs and plugins, what tools are you using in the studio?

Fruity Loops is my favorite for beats and Cubase is my go to for recording. As far as plugins go a lot of the stock plugins in FL are amazing my favorite is gross beat. I use FabFilter plugins all the time as well as all the classic Waves plugins. Sausage Fattener & Camel Crusher also are some of my favorites. I don’t actually try a bunch of new plugins all that often but I’m very excited to dig into some new ones.

What favorite tips can you share with fellow producers?

Just keep grinding and don’t get discouraged! The hardest thing for me about pursuing music full time is balancing the passion with the business because so many people in the game only care about monetization. Plus it’s so saturated right now so getting your shine will take a lot of patience and resilience so keep going.

One of the hardest challenges is finishing the ideas that you start. What are your techniques for completing a track without getting stuck?

Start a ton of ideas then focus on the best. Narrow down what you really feel motivated to work on and then get those couple fewer ideas done. I start a lot of tracks that aren’t even good honestly but it only takes 10 or 15 minutes for me to realize if it feels special or not. Those are the ones that I finish. As far as creative block goes getting a 2nd opinion from someone who’s taste you trust can do wonders to get things rolling again.

What are some good tips for writing a catchy hook, like you did in this track?

Repeat the same thing! Really I used to write hooks that didn’t have many words repeating and then I’d wonder why it wasn’t catchy or sticking in my head. Just got to keep it simple.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate and work with?

Yes of course this would be the longest list of all time so I’ll just name 5 producers Dr. Dre, Max Martin, Diplo, Skrillex and Pharrell. & 5 artists Drake, Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Beyonce. There’s so many, I want to work with everybody there’s so much talent out there.

You can contact me at [email protected]

What are your next goals as a musician?

To really get my music out there and touch people’s lives. I’ve been honing my craft for years, putting in my 10,000 hours and I’m ready to be heard as well as make a positive difference with my music.

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