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MICK SCHULTZ

Mick Schultz is a multi-platinum (over 15 million records sold) selling, Grammy nominated, pop/urban producer. He is best known for discovering, signing and launching Jeremih as well as his work with Rihanna on her critically acclaimed album ANTI (Mick produced the fan favorite, “Desperado”). Recent releases include: Kelly Clarkson, Max Frost, Why Don't We and Jez Dior.

 

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PARAGON KIT VOL. 1

Mick’s Paragon Kit Vol. I is now available on Splice. His sample pack brings hard-hitting drums, dirty FX, and versatile vocals that are perfect for both polished pop and gritty experimental production.

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STORY

Click here to read Mick’s interview with Splice and his discussion on sonic maps and from where he draws inspiration. Below are a few of our favorite quotes:

Splice: Lastly, can you share three tips for new and aspiring producers?

Sound design: When it comes to sound and being unique, I think one of the best ways to define who you are is to literally just create your own sound. I’m not saying you have to be a synthesis master or sound design pro. You can simply take a snare drum you already have or go onto Splice and download a few drum sounds – pitch and warp them a bit with distortion and other effects, and then immediately you’ll have something that’s unique to you. It’s a great way to find new inspiration, and you’ll find it’s really satisfying to come up with a sound that literally didn’t exist a few minutes before.

Network and collaborate: It’s great to work on your own, but when you work with others you share ideas and knowledge. You pick up other people’s processes and approaches to making music, and that can inspire you to grow in new ways that a YouTube video can’t offer. On top of that, you build relationships, which is (aside from the music itself) the most important tool you can have in the music industry.

Learn the gear you have: Try not to get too distracted with all the new gear and plugins dropping literally every week in today’s world. Focus on the things you currently own and master them. Chances are you haven’t even scratched the surface on what some of the tools you already have can do. It’s amazing how creative I can be when I focus in on just a few things to produce with and really use them to their full potential. It’s great to have options, but limiting yourself can make you be more creative. It forces you to figure out how to manipulate that one plugin or synthesizer to make something that’s your own.