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Interview With Ray Baker


 

 

OL
What’s happening Ray! Thanks for taking the time to chop it up with me!

Ray Baker
All is well bro, God is good, appreciate the opportunity

OL
Could you introduce yourself to the readers? Who is Ray Baker and what does he do?

Ray Baker
Ray Baker is a musician/producer from Richmond, Va. I also am the owner of SoundH Productions which I started back in 2008.

OL
Speaking of which from what I hear your career started earlier then that. How was the transition coming from working in the mainstream market to chh?

Ray Baker
It was slow at first to be honest . I had no idea what to expect, didn’t know how the market worked or anything. Funny thing is the only CHH artist I knew of at the time was D.A. Truth. My boy Dre had to put me on to the market, lol s/o to Dre Knowss!

OL
Word shout out to the youngster, tell us about em doe Ray? Herd yall growing over there at Sound H…

Ray Baker
God is good bro, and yessir I love my team. I’ve known Dre since he was about 8. He’s a member of my church, my father and mother are pastors. About 4 years ago I would have him come to my recording studio (downtown richmond at the time) and he would just sit in. Was interested in making beats. I really love his growth and his passion, not only for music but for God.

OL
Thats dope man, I would say he is lucky to have been seeing all those things early and be mentored sort of…but yeah man how did you get started Ray?

Ray Baker
I’ll try to make this as short as I can. As far as production, I started out making beats on a Roland Vs 880 that I copped off eBay for $200 bucks. It was a pain trying to get stuff to sound right and even editing, so I switched to FL Studio a few years later. I’ll never forget it, back in 2007 I made a few joints and let my cousin Lee Major (Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, etc) here a few. He actually recommended that I start my own production company and go after placements…Now here I am lol

OL
Thats crazy bruh! Who would you consider musical influences in the production game?

Ray Baker
A few would have to be Bryan Michael Cox, Stargate, Justice League . I’m sure theres more, but that’s all I can think of right now.

OL
I see…so coming from hardware into software…what would be needed for you to work? Whats in your studio?

Ray Baker
I gotta have my 88 midi controller, I’m a piano player at heart. I have a Motif ES7, Motif 6, another 49 m audio controller, AKAI LPK25 controller, Digi 003R. I have a PC that i use for FL Studio with my KRK Rokit 5 monitors. I have another area setup with my iMac that I use logic on. Got my Yahama HS8 Monitors on that setup. Not too much going on.

OL
Oh no lol ahahahah its all good man. I wish I could have more hardware and learn how to run an asr-1o or actual mpc. Who have you worked with?

Ray Baker
Lol I feel you bro. In mainstream, I’ve produced for Amerie, Skillz, & Quinton Storm to name a few. In CHH so far I’ve worked with Jahaziel, DJ KB, Loso fka Los of Hga, and I got a record coming out on Big Fil’s new album dropping Jan. 15 I believe. I have some placements pending with some artists that I can’t really share right now.

OL
How would you describe your process in the studio? Its one thing to have the artists there with you in the stu and another is just bang something out. How do you go about it?

Ray Baker
95% of the time I usually start with a melody. I usually do drums a little later on. Just depends on the day and what I’m feeling at the time.

OL
Who would be some artists you wish to work with in the future? Whats up ahead for yourself and Sound H?

Ray Baker
I would love to work with Truth, Bizzle, Lecrae, Derek Minor, Young Josh to name a few. As for what’s up next,I’m just trying to go where God leads fam. Have a few situations that are coming up , but I’ve learned to be quiet until they happen lol. SoundH is doing good, just continuing to grow as a company. S/o to my team Dre Knowss & Christina. Dre will be dropping his project sometime this year, we kind of pushed it back a little to focus on other things, but be on the look out. I may drop some singles as well featuring a few artists.

OL
Alright Ray thanks a lot for taking the time! Grace and Peace compadre! One love to Dre Knowss!

Ray Baker
Appreciate it fam. S/o to you and Marv as well.

 

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