Aspiring mix engineer building his own sound world and studio in London.
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Interview with Meza
Analog or digital and why?
I love the colour that analog devices bring to the show, but most of my clients prefer mixes 100% in the box, so I have to stick to that.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
What do you like most about your job?
That I get to work with talented and creative people.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it is as simple as throwing plugins on the tracks.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
If your song/album was a real life situation, what would it be, and what would the people involved in that situation be thinking about and feeling?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
There is the roumer with the iron triangle: cheap, fast, good quality: and you can only choose 2. With me, quality is fixed, choose on of the remaining.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
the largest possible solar power generator I can get, a good laptop, a midi keyboard, a set of speakers. And if you don't count the monitors as 2, then a proper piano to play while the solar batteries are charging.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I was raised a musician, and can play almost all instruments apart from the guitar. I have been in and around studios and bands all my life. Been doing mix engineering as a hobby on and off for 10+ years, but started planning my retirement into mixing recently.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was working on a remix, with a very limited set of equipment back in 2005. I used a version of Sound Forge to completely disassemble a production and create the remix of. It's the "adhatom" remix on my soundcloud. I literally only had the produced track, and a sound forge. It took me forever, but am very proud of the result.
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Dave Pensado, because he motivates the hell out of me.
Can you share one music production tip?
Think about emotions, not sound!
What type of music do you usually work on?
pop, alternative electronic and trance.
What's your strongest skill?
Not being able to compromise!
What do you bring to a song?
Concept and Integrity
What's your typical work process?
I listen to the rough mix, and come up with a concept to what I imagine for a song. If the artist is up for discussing that, then we have brainstorming sessions about the feelings they want to create with their song, so I could factor that in too. Once the concept is clear and has integrity, I start mixing. Each song has its own requirements, I don't like to apply a checklist type of approach
Tell us about your studio setup.
I'm wokring inside the box, as most of my clients prefer it that way with a high end iMac and a pair of Focal CMS 65 speakers to guide me through sound. I have access to other studio equipment, but until my own studio is ready, I am not inclined offer services with those.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Creating an amazing and high quality sound and concept for each track