I have been producing music for over 20 years. I am a sound engineer by trade and over the years developed myself as a writer, producer, vocalist and Film maker. In 2020 I have 7 singles at number 1 on the US and Australian Itunes charts. I also scored a Billboard number 1 on the Classical Album crossover charts. For more info mahmoodkhan.net
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Interview with Mahmood Khan
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just finished writing songs for a Feature Film.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No Im new.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I grew up in the Analog world but when I saw Digital coming I boarded this ship very early on. Its good to have the Analog understanding and mix in the box.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise I will make sure it sounds good.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What Job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take? Ans: I dont know How much better will it sound after mixing/mastering? And: You would not believe how good you will sound.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: No one can ever imagine how much I love what I do. This is not work!! Its a play ground.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually am able to tell how much effort the Artist or management is willing to put in to make an amazing song. Most of the time the mix that comes reflects that.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It is all about having fun and putting in some hard work and persistently carrying it out till you achieve the sound you are after.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, Monitors, Mic, Sound proof room, Guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started off in a recording studio as a runner and made my way up to become tracking engineer, then mixing engineer and then took around 15 years to develop skills to be able to perform with my own band. Today I understand sound at many different levels and I bring that expertise to anyone who may need it.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: So it took me around 15 years to develop my writing and my vocal styling and as I was attending Sydney Film School for my Film making degree I thought of recording a Live album at the Sydney Opera House in the Concert hall. Puling that off with hardly any funds was unreal. What was even more amazing was that one of the songs from that album took off on Youtube and went on to become a Number one song on the Australian Pop Charts.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: If you can visualize music with colors than imagine silver ( Ocean colour at Dawn) mixed/highlited with bright purple orange with a shade of blue. In musical terms take Funk inspired bass lines, mix it with my Indian Heritage, plus my musical influences of Artists like John Denver, Barry Gibb, James Taylor, Doobie Brothers, Chicago, The Gypsy Kings and a whole lot of Mariachiness, and put them in a box and shake them well to get a fine blended mixture. Then serve it with the 'Loudest Mastering' sound you can get.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Havent thought about that yet cos I am just busy doing my own thing. But I do keep an 'eye/ear' on the radio. I religiously listen all FM stations that play in my car.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Vocalists choose your Vocal mic carefully! Line up all the mics in the studio and listen to each one and make notes. Yes it is time consuming and requires some work but let me tell you when you find a mic that suits your voice you will feel like a KING!!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds but the most fun is when it is a good song. A good melody is fundamental in creating a good mix.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A good mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Throw up a reference mix and keep tweaking it til it sounds loud and clear. Sometimes it takes a few hours and sometimes a few days. If it is a tough mix I always make sure I listen to it with fresh ears and take notes as I listen. I then tweak it and put it away work on something else and then come back to it. This is why mixing in the box is powerful. Ive learned that to sweeten a mix you need to keep recalling it with 'Fresh Ears' till one day you dont feel like tweaking anything any more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In 2014 I was finally able to set my own mixing/mastering room. The most important and crucial aspect of the room was sound proofing and it was fun to build a 'floating' room within a room. So it is pretty tight. After a bit of damping the walls I tuned the room and must say it sounds pretty accurate. The next main thing was the converters and I went with Apogee Symphony. Since I am a vocalist so I designed myself a Tube Mic which sounds sweet and LOUD! I use SSL pre amp to power the mic. I mix in the box and have a pretty decent collection of plug ins. My favourite is the Neve V series plug in by Wave.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mutt Lange, Craig Burbidge, Humberto Gatica, Giorgio Moroder, Karl Richardson
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Mastering