New Delhi to LA
For over a decade, Bainz has risen through the ranks of hip hop and trap to become a well-established and highly-qualified master of his trade. Originally from New Delhi, India, he graduated Valedictorian from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, before cutting his teeth in studios across the States.
Now based in LA, his lengthy list of mixing and production credits includes the likes of Travis Scott, Nipsey Hussle, Sia, Jay Sean, and countless others. In parallel, he’s known for his long-term collaboration with Young Thug, working as part of the YSL Records team. According to Bainz, the success of global hits like ‘Ski’ and ‘Go Crazy’ was due, in part, to the tight-knit family atmosphere cultivated at YSL.
I’ve essentially been with Thug every day for about 3 or 4 years. We’re just a creative family, we’re locked in together. When the artists are all in one studio together it’s like a big performance every day.
Big 808s, clear vocals
The studio time that Bainz has clocked up over the years hasn’t just equipped him with the necessary skills to sculpt a fat mix - it’s also allowed him to hone in on his own sound. By emphasizing certain aspects of a track using select tools, he delivers consistent results.
A key to my sound is making things sound warm and analog. Not boomy, but loud. Big 808s, clear vocals.
He also notes that while EQ and compression are the de facto production weapons of choice, he makes extensive use of saturation to give warmth and depth to his projects. Bus FORCE’s multi-faceted processing power has become a staple.
Saturation is a big part of what I mix. The saturation on Bus FORCE is really cool. When you saturate stuff, you wanna EQ either before or after, you kinda want to mold it into your mix - having everything in one spot is really cool.
While having virtual access to the sounds of familiar studio hardware streamlines his process, Bainz notes that it’s the addition of advanced modern features that makes FX Collection 2’s plugins really stand out - especially when it comes to handling his hard-hitting style.
The advanced features - the side-chain filters specifically - make these plugins a little more usable. 808s can destroy certain things, not everything is equipped to handle a wheezy 808!