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Meet Hush in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hush.

Hush, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My love of music began at eight years old when my dad gifted me my first drum set. As I grew older, I played in bands with my friends, and we even opened up for bands like Hawthorne Heights and State Champs. In college, I developed a passion for music production and started recording rappers and singers out of my small one-bedroom apartment. I ended up interning for a producer, Kevin W. Gates (Nevershoutnever! & The Ready Set), who later partnered with me to form REACH Audio in Springfield, MO. Soon after college, I made a move to LA and started co-writing, producing, and releasing music with other artists almost immediately.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been focusing on producing and developing a few incredibly unique new artists, in addition to releasing new music of my own. More recently, I got my hands dirty on some projects with Nessly, Wifisfuneral, The Ready Set, UMG and other label projects, and started working at the legendary NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood. Fast forward to today, I am currently wrapping up some new music that I’m super stoked about and can’t wait to share with everyone.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not. When you get into this, everyone thinks it’s a linear trajectory towards success but it’s not like that. It’s a lot of trial and error. I have gotten my hopes up and heartbroken a thousand times since I started my career, but you have to turn that into fuel and keep going. When I first moved to LA, the studio job I was banking on fell through, so I got a door-to-door sales job selling T-Mobile plans to business who didn’t want to see my stupid face. I quit after two weeks, and started at another sales company and lasted another two weeks. I started and quit five different sales jobs in five months before realizing I didn’t need any of them to make a living out here. I signed up for Lyft and worked my own hours to stay afloat my first year here. Every night shift was a new networking event. I ended up meeting a lot of A&Rs, touring musicians, other producers, and showing them my music (when they asked), which landed me a couple of extra projects. Eventually, I was able to work for myself, but it was a long road getting there.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a music producer and songwriter, which means I help artists take a song through every stage of the process, from initial idea to “radio-ready” final product. Typically, I engineer, mix, and master everything as well. When I’m not working with another artist, I am usually at my studio, writing and recording my own music. The thing that sets most producers and artists apart from one another is the way they think and how they choose to add character to their music. Everyone’s approach is unique. Having the ability to write, produce, engineer, mix, and perform everything all on your own and be self-sustaining artist definitely has its advantages, however.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
There were a couple of instances where luck played a role in my career for sure, but at the end of the day, if I hadn’t been prepared, that luck would have probably gone to waste, you know? For the most part, I keep my head down, hands busy and count my blessings. I will say that I am very lucky to have such a supportive family, girlfriend, and group of friends. I don’t know where I’d be without any of them.

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Carrie Rogers Photography
Ethan.do

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