When you’re an up and coming artist, you may be unsure where to start in your career, Adam Bennett known professionally as Snazzy Phade can offer a helping hand and help you get on the right track. As an independent artist and record label owner (Phaded Records), Adam has found his way around the business and has the insight that new artists need when on the scene.
Releasing music since 2018, he now has over 45 songs out on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, and other platforms. Adam is not only working on his debut Album, but he also is a freelance audio engineer that wants to work with new and seasoned artists.
Adam says the hardest part is finding your audience and trying to market yourself as an independent artist. “Nobody tells you where to market, that you need a website and a budget not just for creating the song but also a budget to promote it once it’s released. I have found all of this out for myself from being an artist and having a record label.”
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.
Knowing what’s out there is important when you are a new artist or just need an audio engineer to solidify your song is important. Adam knows his way around the independent industry and can really be of help. With his background and experience, you can have the answers you need to make sure you aren’t swept under the waves of trying to make it as an artist.
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