BIOGRAPHY

My name is Tim Gmeiner, also recognized under the artist/musician name “ill poetic”. Welcome to SoundRzn Design, a company specializing in content creation, project management and audio/visual design & marketing. As an active independent artist of 15 years (more on that here), I’ve grown to understand the mechanics and nuances of a successful product launch. From the aesthetics of an insightful visual marketing campaign to the organization and communication that comes with balancing multiple sub-projects in preparing a launch, I’ve had the opportunity to finely tune my area of concentration; multi-tier, multi-month project building and campaign roll-out. In layman's terms, my team and I collaborate with you to clarify your goals, create your content, manage this content, help you develop your platform for release, plan a unique campaign designed specifically for your brand (whether artist or business), then collaborate in your project launch and post-release.

In this portfolio you’ll find examples of album art, logos, posters and music production for a range of clients in the music & entertainment fields. You will also find deep analysis and explanation of larger projects including campaign outlines, results and testimonials from my clients. Basically, you will see their problem, and I will show how my team & I assisted in solving it.

I’ve built my career and my company on an indie artist DIY aesthetic. I’ve built 15 years of professional client relationships through creative high-quality output, effective and concise communication, strong ethics and trust. If you feel I may be a fit for your future project, whether through a simple logo design or through full project management, marketing and execution, I can be reached directly at soundrzn@gmail.com.


CLIENTS

GRAPHIC DESIGN 

Arnold Sports Festival, Blueprint (Artist, Rhymesayers Ent.), Dr. Marc Williams, Fonsworth Bentley (Producer: Puffy, VH1), Ski Beatz (Producer: Jay-Z, Camp Lo), Jay Harris (ESPN), Harvard University, various HBCUs, Stalley, TygerEye Entertainment, URBLife, Beat Box Records, B-Side Players, Woode Tribe Orchestra, DTA Public Radio, J. Rawls (Producer: Mos Def, Talib Kweli), Herbalists Without Borders

 

PRODUCTION & SOUND-DESIGN

Blueprint (Rhymesayers Ent.), Red Pill, Mello Music Group, Slum Village, Aesop rock (Def Jux), Blitz The Ambassador, Slug (Atmosphere), Fringe Life (Arris Productions), Wordsworth (eMC, Lyricist Lounge), Liberty Tax Mutual, Muscle Basix, Jason Dhir.


PRESS

A full press sheet for ill poetic is available HERE

Press includes coverage by Pitchfork, RollingStone.com, BET.com, XXL, The Source, VIBE , Allhiphop, OkayPlayer, Village Voice, MTV.com, and more.


AWARDS

SOUND-DESIGN

2011 Fan Favorite Award (Top Prize) | Physis Films Showcase | The Enemies You Keep

2011 Official Selection | Stepping Stone Film Festival | The Enemies You Keep | 

PRODUCTION & ARRANGEMENT

2005 & 2008 | Cincinnati Citybeat Entertainment Award Nomination

2007-2013, 2016 | ohio hip-hop Award Nomination




TESTIMONIALS

 

"I’ve worked with many graphic designers in my fifteen-year career as an artist and label owner, but none that has been more consistent, versatile, and reliable than Soundrzn. I’ve had him working on a full range of projects—logos, flyers, album covers, and t-shirt designs—and he has delivered each with excellent quality. Furthermore, not only has he always delivered his work on time, there have been many instances where he exceeded expectations by turning it in before it was expected. Soundrzn is an affordable, reliable, and consistent graphic design service that I would highly recommend to anybody looking for quality graphic design." - Blueprint, label-owner/emcee/producer/author

weightless.net / printmatic.net


"Ill Poetic is one of the most professional artists we've had the pleasure of working with. His production and musical insight, along with his understanding of the business won us over as a fan throughout the entire process of creating "Instinctive Drowning." Rarely do you find a producer who can tap into emotion and create soundscapes the way Ill Poetic does." - Michael Tolle, Mello Music Group

http://www.mellomusicgroup.com/


"I have been working with SoundRzn Design now for over seven years, and from day one I've received quality service. The key element of getting good design work is the end product, of course, however the process of getting to a perfect result on a logo, artwork, promotional poster, etc. can be excruciating if you don't have the right team. SoundRzn always makes me feel more like a team member than a client, and the ease of working with someone on sometimes complicated projects is comforting. I can safely say that I'm always happy with the end results of our work together, and that keeps me coming back for more.

"Thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin, when so many people didn't believe or only came around for the spotlight. You've sat up endless nights and weekends in the past year to support (our) projects no matter how many hours you worked your other gigs. You h ave made crafty and memorable art fromthe random ideas we have given you, and dealt with all my super nitpicky changes that a lot of others would have cried about...you're a true soldier and good spirit, so people should know you're the f*cking best."  - Dove Clark, Founder: Tygereye Entertainment and UrbLife / XAppeal

www.urblife.com


"I was referred to SoundRZN by a videographer I worked with.  He designed a flyer for my company and since then they're the only graphic design company I work with. They've designed my flyers, posters, event programs,  logos, etc.  I also had to ask them to correct and complete a graphic design job for someone else.  They have a fast turnaround time which is always helpful. Very easy to get a hold of and find great ways to carry out a vision.  I live in the Midwest while SoundRZN is located in California, so it doesn't matter where you live.  I  definitely recommend SoundRZN, great and reliable company." - Ingrid Woode, singer/songwriter/musician 'The Woode Tribe Orchestra'

https://ingridwoode.bandcamp.com/


"Nothing but EXCELLENCE! I am honored and proud to have worked with SoundRzn these past seven years. People across our great nation rant and rave about the signature posters/flyers/programs they have developed for my company. I would highly recommend them without any hesitation!" - Dr. Marc Williams, CEO Williams Communications

http://www.williamscommunications.org/


"This business came highly recommended by a friend and fellow entrepreneur. She said they were easy to work with and affordable. So, I hired this company for a logo design. I enjoyed working with Tim so much I also had him do our business cards, flyers, banners and some website artwork. The level of professionalism doesn't take away from the courtesy and friendly nature of this company. They work well with (and don't judge!) people who know what they want, and people who are trying something new. They seem to be truly invested in helping small businesses upgrade their image without breaking the bank. I greatly appreciate my very small start-up being treated like a professional business as well as a valued client. I'm happy to see they've finally gotten a Yelp page so others know what kind of great work they've been doing for so long!" - Grandma Witch, Herb Apothocary

http://www.grandmawitch.com/


"I reached out to Tim for some production a while back for one of my projects. We had mutual friends, and he contacted me back very quickly. I was sent some samples; all very high quality. We decided on terms and I had some tracks sent via Dropbox to me promptly. Tim even went back and edited one of his productions to better appease the song. I'm happy to call him a colleague and respect, and appreciate his advice and work." - Charlie Beans, artist/producer/engineer

https://five30music.bandcamp.com/album/howdareyou