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This Month Featured Producer Is Joseph Prielonzy


Joseph

Hey Marv, Thanks for reaching out.

Marv

No problem bro! How’s life after the Grammy?

Joseph

Life after the Grammy is great! I’m still changing diapers and drive a Honda Accord! Just playing.  All joking aside, my wife loves it and is proud of me!!!  I wish I could clone it and give it to people who have helped me along the way…Ben Washer (he’s encouraged me more in music than anyone I know), Shaun Shankel (taught me everything about production/bought me my first M-box and demanded great return!), my parents (who bought me all the instruments growing up) and all my friends who I grew up playing in bands with.  They are all very excited!!!  Their excitement gets me excited!  But I think God allowed me to get it at the proper time in my life. I couldn’t have handled it a couple years ago.  The Lord has been gracious in killing the idolatry of music in my life over the years.

Marv

Amen. Because of the digital age we’re in and not many hard copies are sold these days, can you tell readers a few songs you’ve worked on and your role over at. Reach?

 

 

Joseph

Here are a few on our latest releases:

Andy Mineo – Superhuman, Wild Things.

Lecrae’s “Gravity” – The Drop (Intro), Confe$$ions, Lucky Ones

KB – Open Letter, Heart Song, Hello, Zone Out (Amped Remix)

Tedashii “Blacklight” – Rock A Bye Baby, Burn This House Down, Finally, Reverse

Trip Lee “The Good Life” – Beautiful Life, Fantasy, Love On Display

My role over Reach doesn’t really have a title. I’m just involved in making sure the project gets done and sounds good. I do everything from engineering, editing, producing to post-production. I normally just tell people that I’m a janitor for Reach Records.

Marv

Married? Kids?

Joseph

Yup. Married for 4 years now to an amazing woman of God with 2 kids (1 girl – almost 3 yr old and 1 boy – just turned one).  Wifey wants numero 3 soon! Pray for me! [BRG id=”7″]

Marv

Lol!!! How did you get into production?

Joseph

I grew up recording on anything that was around me from answering machines to 4-tracks/8-tracks to video recorders.  I never knew what I was doing or understood the technical aspects.  I would just press record.  I had ideas in my head and had to get them on tape! It’s funny because I grew up analyzing music without knowing it. I can hear a song that I haven’t heard for 15 years and tell you what the drums are going to do or the guitars. I was really a student of production without ever really knowing it.  I grew up playing in bands and recording in various studios.  I was always producing the material with the people I was in bands with.  There was never an official producer who worked on band’s recordings (I didn’t even knew such a thing existed!).   So I’m still getting into production til this day!

Marv

How long have you been producing?

Joseph

No idea. Since I was 12? Professionally, 8 years?  My memory is terrible.

Marv

I see you do a lot of co-producing. Does the track come to you from the artist and they ask you to add elements or do you listen to it and  say this would be dope if was added. Because what you did to the joint we worked on together was crazy. (PRo’s Full Court Mess).

Joseph

Every track is different. Sometimes I’ll start a track and say “Alex Medina/Dirty Rice/DJ Official/Heat Academy would kill this.”  I’ll send it to them and get them to do their thing.Or it might happen vice versa, they may reach out to me to help with a track. Or the artist may ask if I can add something to it if they hear something. Or in the case of your track, “Full Court Mess,” I’ll hear something that inspires me from a beat and ask the producer if I can play with it. I seem to be known as the “string-guy.” Not sure how that happened but it’s lead me to get more work outside of the CHH arena, which I’m very thankful for. But I love co-producing!  I love hearing other people’s ideas blended with mine.  I get bored with the song if I do it by myself.  I tend not to like it as much either. I think it’s wise for producers/beat makers to know their strengths and weaknesses and use other people to help them in those areas.  I tend to get along with producers who are like me personality wise (Dirty Rice/DJ Official/Alex Medina/Heat Academy)…not sure if that’s a coincidence or not.  But those guys teach me so much!  Everyone works different and it’s cool picking up things from different people.  I think CHH producers are starting to see the benefit of combining forces. The thing I’m learning over the years is to be the producer that God skilled you to be.  Don’t try to be other producers.  Embrace your sound even if it’s not the “hot sound” currently.  God gave every producer different brushes to paint with…use them as such.

Marv

Agreed my dude. Has there been a demand for production now that you have the Grammy under your belt?

Joseph

Hmmm…yes and no.  I haven’t really used it to my advantage.  “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Marv

Lol!!! What is your work day like in the studio?

Joseph

I try to be here at 9 and go til 5.  If it’s “go time” and a deadline is coming up, we’ll come back at night and get it in til the early hours of morning.  (I tend to take cat naps too when that happens – Derek Minor has some pics of that floating around somewhere online 🙂

Marv

What kinda gear you’re using in the studio?

Joseph

Ahhh man. I’m so not a gear head. That’s what Carlton Lynn and Jacob “Biz” Morris are in my life for!!!  I label myself as the worst engineer in the industry.  I’ll list some of our gear in the studio though: AVID Pro Tools HD Native with HD Omni Interface.Pro Tools 10 – Can’t wait for the 11 upgrade. Logic (I don’t know why we even bother with having this in the studio…waste of money!!!  Yeah that’s right, I said that, Wit!) Apogee Rosetta 200 Converter Dangerous Monistor ST Playback Some black box Avalon 737 SP Preamp Tube-Tech Compressor CL 1B Yamaha NS 10s 2 different pair of DynAudio’s. A few mics but we use the Peluso 22 47SE the most. We got a lot of stuff hanging around…

Marv

Are you working with other outside of the Reach camp or are you exclusively to the label?

Joseph

I have in the past. But I’m not trying to anymore. It’s taking up too much time outside of Reach and family.  I had the opportunity to work with someone who I thought would be cool to work with but I had to stick to my guns and say no.  But with all that to say, I’m just finishing a rock project with a good friend’s (Jeremy Ezell who sang on KB’s “Open Letter” song) band, “The Well Reds.” I can’t wait for everyone to hear that record. It’s awesome! Check them out!

Marv

Working with a label, do you think there’s a need for more labels in CHH?

Joseph

Yeah, why not? I love seeing labels like Collision pop up and do their thing for the Kingdom.  We got a lot of work to do.  This isn’t about Lecrae/Andy Mineo/KB/Tedashii/Derek Minor/Sho Baraka/Swoope/Reach Records, it’s about the Kingdom of God (ya feel me?!?!)

Marv

So what can we be expecting from you in the future?

Joseph

Me? Oh…I dunno.  I’m learning that I’m plateauing as a musician/producer the older I get.  So, I’m trying to surround myself with great musicians/producers to learn from them.  I may even take piano lessons this year!  My dream is to take off a year and go hide out in the country somewhere in Europe and just study music (I don’t know how to read music or anything, everything is by ear with me) and try to get better that way…but I don’t see that happening. Project wise, Reach has some cool stuff in the pipeline.  Can’t wait to see them come to fruition! Thanks for thinking of me, Marv. I appreciate you and your work, bro – be encouraged.

Marv

Likewise my dude. Thank you for the interview.


Marv

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