What's your typical work process?
Everything starts with a conversation between me and you(The Client).For me it is very important to start with your ideas and i think the easiest way to deliver an awesome product is to find out,what kind of sound you are looking for.What is the most important element in your Song?Are there any Reference Songs you have in mind or do you just want your Song to sound great ;-)?If everything is clear,fine...let's go to work!!Now i listen to your Song several times,trying to catch the mood and the message of it.After that i start mixing till i'm satisfied with the Track,always keeping your vision of your song in mind.When everything is done,i am sending you the first mix, waiting for your feedback.At this point i listen to your suggestions and we talk about what or if something needs to be done.There are no limitations...i work on it till you are happy!In general, i think It's important to understand that everything in the creative mind of my client regarding his or her vision of a song and everything in my own mind can differ,and creating Music is a process and a collaboration between us.They already worked hard on their Song,writing,recording etc. with love,passion and energy,trusting you to help them and take their Song to the next level.My job is to give this trust back, doing anything i can to bring their Music to life and provide knowledge and support if needed.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
It all started with what.....????A broken Heart and Magix Music Maker:-)Really?Really!11 Years ago i wrote the most horrible and embarrassing song about my former ex-girlfriend."Gotta let u go"(such an original name!!) was my first contact with making music.After that i spend 4 Years at home,creating Beats and writing Songs.My first little "Success" was in 2008 when my Song "Lost in Love" charted #1 for 13 Weeks in the RnB Charts on a website called "Myownmusic".At this point i started to take Music seriously,moving from Frankfurt to Cologne to study Musicproduction.This was a great experience for me,not only because of the things they tought me there,but also because of the possibilities i got through having access to a big studio!First time you are standing in front a of a SSL Console you wanna say this:"Beam me up Scotty!:-)"There i made my first Recordings with Bands,connected with many people,made my first mixes,having a great time!I studied there for 4 years graduating with a Diploma in Musicproduction.The Best thing about this was meeting those people who I'm working with since.They became my businesspartners and friends till we finally founded the Starchild Music Group in 2013 working with several Artists in Germany,the Netherlands and England.And now here I am,ready to work with anybody who's got love and passion for music,ready to work hard and determined to create something the world can't have enough of: just good music.
Tell us about your studio setup.
When I'm mixing i work at my home studio.There I'm working with an Apollo 16 from Universal Audio as an Interface, a Neve 8816 as a summing mixer and my La 610 mk 2 as my Preamp for Tracking Vocals Guitars etc...
But when I need to record Drums for example,I do that in a bigger Studio in Cologne.There I'm working with a SSL console.I'm trying to get most of my work done in my homestudio,that safes time and money.Besides that...you don't need a SSL Console to do Great Mixes ;-)
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
For me there are 4 Producers who influenced me a lot.Each one of them in a different way.
Just a Genius to me.His whole style,his way of producing and his incredible talent are still a light I am running after in the dark.This man created so many incredible Tracks!One of my favourite masterpieces made by Timbo is the second Part of Lovestoned by Justin Timberlake.If you listen to every detail of that Song you go crazy.Just have to love it!
Incredible Producer!He has his own unique style,producing so many hits over the years.What i like about him the most,is that he's not afraid of trying new things,unconventional stuff!Just love his Music.
3.Ryan Leslie(The old one :-))
He was the main reason why i started making Beats!His Videos were so inspiring and motivating,with lots of Energy and Heart.Still one of my favourites although he changed a lot.
4.Tim and Bob
These two Producers occupied my i pod everyday.Tim and Bob and Bobby Valentino,just a Dreamteam!
The first time I heard Slow Down i couldn't believe my ears.Went down to the store,bought it and listened to it all day,everyday.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most of the time i do mixing and mastering.But i also write and produce songs for some clients.
But it is important for me to separate those two steps...Mixing and Mastering,because they are two different approaches.Mixing is like making a spaghetti sauce:You throw everything in a pot and ensure that all ingredients are well balanced and cooked properly.Good..When you master you take that sauce out of that pot, taste it and ask yourself:Does it need anything else to taste just perfect?If so,do what you need to do...taste it again,and there you have it:A Sauce ,tasting just like at home in the old days ;-)