Living in Kazakhstan, studying music in New York, being inspired by ambient music, and sitting on the roof to watch the sun rise and set. This week we meet Mackay Bravo (Mackaymusic) from AudioJungle.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
I live in Kazakhstan, Astana. Was born here too. When I was 17, I heard the musical work of Tiësto. After that I started playing music.
My childhood was difficult – I didn’t have a father, and had to work and help my mother. I graduated from college, and entered university. After that, I went to study in the School of Art in New York. Now I work in an advertising company.
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
AudioJungle.net. I also want to produce items for PhotoDune.net and VideoHive.net.
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
I studied at the School of Music, where I played on the piano.
Describe your home workspace.
A good computer, a regular computer desk, and an excellent sound system.
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
Sometimes inspiration comes when I take photographs. And sometimes when listening to beautiful ambient music. First I write the melody, and then do the rest of the arrangement.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
To write beautiful music.
What do you do to market your files?
I advertise on Twitter.com, Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
Simply beautiful music.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
Author Soundroll! He has talent! I love his music.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love fishing, playing football, sitting on the roof and watch the sunset and sunrise!