We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew McKee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
My end goal is to be able to provide for my family via a career doing what I love as a successful music producer. This kind of begs the question: what does success look like for me?
Professionally speaking, I envision myself working with top level artists & musicians in a variety of capacities as to make use of my different talents. I enjoy keeping things interesting: recording drums on a reggae song one day, doing hip hop vocal production for an artist the next, filling in instrumentation with synths, guitars, percussion and so on.
About 13 years ago I held an intern position at Larrabee, one of the best mixing studios in LA (and the world). Even though I ultimately knew I wasn’t ready to step into a higher role, being there gave me some insights into what it’s like being at the top of the game and what it takes to be there – I feel confident now that with over a decade of tons of experience since then I am indeed ready and will get there!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m always looking for ways to 1-up my business game – the pandemic was an extended opportunity to double down and figure out ways to refine and strengthen the business side of what I do.
Creating a website for myself was one of my bigger undertakings during this time, and it’s been an invaluable tool for myself and my clients. For them, being able to access all of the info regarding my services and even having the ability to view my availability and book me online has been great to have as a resource. I try and update it with new media, merchandise, and do my best to keep my gear and credits up to date.
In April I brought in my friend DK (Danielle King) to help manage everything I have going on – anyone who has interfaced with her via email/etc can tell you that she provides a very professional, detailed, and personalized touch to working out all of the logistics involved in setting up sessions and anything else! She has for sure taken a ton off of my plate and allowed me to stay more focused on handling the creative side of things – it’s always great to brainstorm new ways of improving what I’m doing with her and I’m super thankful she’s on board!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Imperial Beach has a special place in my heart and a really great sort of chill vibe, so I’d definitely want to share the things that make it unique to me.
I’d take them on a hike through the estuary, walk to the end of the pier, go for some gourmet tacos & beer at Mike Hess, or just hang out at the beach. If it’s open and there’s nobody staying there I would take them on a walk through Camp Surf and tell them stories about when I used to go there as a kid.
If we had time and they were up for it I’d take them on a long walk or run along the beach down to the river mouth and look at all the birds – there’s a great view of Tijuana from there, I love going down there to clear my head.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely wouldn’t have able to establish and sustain a career for myself this past decade + without the support of my family! My parents have been there for me through it all, from enrolling me in youth music programs growing up to allowing me to keep a recording studio in their garage to this day.
More recently, my wife Ana Marie has been nothing short of an absolute rock for me – she holds it down when I’m out on tour and works crazy hard to make a better life for us (usually just short of biting off more than she can chew). Her and I actually met while on tour together, so she understands the rigors of the road and knows that I try and keep my nose to the grindstone out there. She’s my confidant and best friend, I would surely feel lost without her!