A Little Bit About Me…
I’m a composer, producer, and mixing engineer with over 12 years of experience in providing these 3 services to thousands of happy clients. Since 2006 I’ve had tens of millions of song plays online and sold thousands of rights (both non-exclusive and exclusive usage) of instrumentals I’ve composed to independent musicians, publishers, and signed professional artists.
My genres of expertise are in Film / TV music, and Urban instrumentals (Trap, Hip-Hop, R&b, Pop, Electronic).
I was a happy, introverted kid who lost an uncle to stomach ulcers and another to a hit and run accident within weeks of each other.
That was my first interaction with death. I couldn’t cry, I couldn’t talk about it. Nothing worked.
Luckily, this was around the time I took up an instrument.
The only way I found how to grieve was through creating sad melodies of music on my cheap CASIO keyboard.
That’s when I asked myself: “What other emotions can I express through my music?”
I was 9. I couldn’t afford the Roland’s and Korg’s of the time, but I had a CASIO keyboard and a Walkman that could record tape. I would record strings on one tape, bassline on another, drums on another, piano on the next, and then recorded all the tapes playing at once. The quality was absolute garbage, but it was a start, and I loved it.
Fueled with a love for piano, I ended up in a private charter school, performing lead solos as a pianist and keyboardist in the orchestra in concerts down in St. Petersburg, Orlando, Nashville, and back home to NYC in world famous venues such as the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall where we performed with notable artists Doug E. Fresh and Carlos Santana.
In comes the world of Digital Audio Workstations. Using this affordable alternative to expensive synthesizers, at 14 I was finally able to compose and arrange my own instrumentals to an industry standard.
By age 17, I had over 7 million song plays online, sold thousands of non-exclusive leases, and hundreds of exclusive deals for my instrumentals.
I didn’t know it at the time, but this was a mistake.
As a son of immigrant parents, all I’ve ever heard (and all they believed) is that you need a college degree to have a good life.
By age 26, I had a bachelor’s and a master’s degree and after a year had just received a bonus on top of my 60k salary as well as a company car, and a 4k raise.
…And I was miserable. I had external signs of success, but for 6 years I was self-sabotaging left and right, destroying my health, losing friends, ruining romantic relationships and relationships with my family.
Inevitably, I lost that job and had to start over. And I didn’t even care. But why?
After a few months of soul searching I realized at that moment that I am a musician to my CORE. And, if I ever stray from perfecting my craft, misery and self-destruction are sure to follow.
I realized my purpose. It hasn’t changed since I was 9 years old:
Now, I have a greater respect for my craft, and all true musicians who choose this path.
In a society that tells us art is worthless, I stand with artists who say otherwise.
We all want connection, to be understood, and to contribute. My natural way of doing that is through music. Your way might be the same.
This is why I continue to produce works of art, as well as services to help other musicians with their art as well.
I’m absolutely obsessed with what I do in music, and I want to work with others who truly feel the same.
– Sean Original
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