Aspiring mix engineer building his own sound world and studio in London.
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Interview with Meza
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Creating an amazing and high quality sound and concept for each track
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 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
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Concept and Integrity
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Not being able to compromise!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: pop, alternative electronic and trance.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Think about emotions, not sound!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dave Pensado, because he motivates the hell out of me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 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.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: 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.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 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?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is as simple as throwing plugins on the tracks.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to work with talented and creative people.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: 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.