We had the good fortune of connecting with Caleb “SoulSoundz” McLean and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caleb “SoulSoundz”, how do you think about risk?
Risk is an omnipresent part of the music business. You’ll never escape it. When I came to Atlanta in 2016 I took a leap of faith – moving to a city I’d never seen, with only an internship offer and a chance to prove myself. You have to be calculated and make your decisions work for for you – mitigating the risk yourself. Diving headfirst into the Atlanta music industry was the best decision I could’ve ever made at the time. That “risky decision” literally lead me to all of the relationships and opportunities that I have today.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of my best attributes is being a team player. There are a plethora of different environments and situations in this business – knowing how to navigate them and how to bring value to any setting is a must. Sometimes my role is arrangement, other times it’s vocal production, and in others it’s creative strategy. I don’t always have to play a note or program a pattern to add value. This is a skill that has served me well and allowed me to maneuver in these assorted situations.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Absolutely – I’d like to shoutout a grad school professor of mine – Dr. Ulf Oesterle. When I began my journey into the music business at Syracuse University, he helped me to realize that I had a gift for production and artist development. We worked together to hone those skills as I completed my degree – which led to the pursuit of my current path and my successes to date.
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