Read along for an in-depth Q&A with music producer and engineer Cook, aka icantcook. From his process of producing a song to his most memorable experiences in the studio, Cook shares his insights and experience in the field of music.
How did you get started in music?
"I started off in high school, just making music with a couple of friends in my basement."
Who are some of your musical influences? Have they inspired you in any way and how so?
"I'd say a couple of mine are definitely Travis Scott, Kaytranada, Mike Dean, and Dave Pensado. They have all inspired me in a way that every time I produce or mix a record, I hope to be able to draw out the same type of emotion and energy from songs as they do. "
What is your mindset when it comes to producing?
"Simply put when I produce, I turn my brain off and just go with the flow."
How would you describe your experience working at Dumblit?
"For me, it's honestly a dream come true. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else with such great like-minded people."
What is an aspect you enjoy about being a producer and engineer?
"The biggest thing I enjoy is the constant collaboration with creatives. Everyone brings something new and unique to the table that I definitely integrate into my style as well."
What are common challenges you face in your career and how do you overcome them?
"The biggest challenges I'd say I have are mixing such different sounding records everyday. It tests my skills and ability to adapt to new genres, sounds, and ideas."
What advice would you have for a producer or engineer just starting out?
"Keep going and try to improve a little day by day. But especially to practice, practice, and practice. If it's something you really want to do, you have to do it until you're great."