Quotes by: Harvey Mason, Jr.
|Harvey Mason Jr.
Harvey Mason Jr. in 2014
||Harvey Jay Mason Jr.
June 3, 1968 |
||Los Angeles, California
||Pop, R&B, jazz
||Record producer, songwriter, movie producer
||1976 – present
||Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake, Girls' Generation, Toni Braxton
||Harvey Mason Media Website
I worked every day - Christmas Eve, birthdays - trying to become a great basketball player. Everywhere I went, I had a basketball.
I give my heart in every single session I've done, and I get into the music. I love all kinds of music, and I try and really be as authentic as possible and give from my heart.
I like creating something from nothing and hearing it on the radio or on stage or from somebody driving down the street singing it. It's like building a house, taking a vacant piece of land, and next thing you know, there's a house with somebody living in it.
Part of doing mash-ups is getting the legal rights to use the songs. If you're going to do a mash-up with five songs, you should probably find 10 songs, because you're only going to get half of them cleared. It's a real collaborative effort.
I think I went more toward writing because that's my talent. I don't think I was a great performer... And I like being behind the scenes a little bit.
The more people who come from musical backgrounds and go into promotion, production, songwriting, A&R, plus get their business head together, the better. They'll not only understand the business aspect, they'll also have a true passion and ear for how quality is represented musically.
It's so wide; that's what I love most about my career. It's been varied, and the music has been varied, because I find myself getting bored pretty easily. So for me, to work in the studio has been great. I didn't go on the road; I just worked on a different project every day, a different kind of music, and that's the challenge I love.
I came to L.A. in 1970, and my desire and my training was to be a studio musician, which I had read about in my senior year in high school.
I've played with so many people that I never really noticed that I was playing with so many people until after it was compiled on the Internet. I just kept going. I haven't even heard half the records I've played on, to tell you the truth.
A vocal producer is very important, and it's a very important component of an overall successful and good-sounding record.
With new artists, you really don't have anything to reference. You're helping to develop their sound, define who they are vocally.