Mixer, Producer, Songwriter
4x Grammy Award Winning Recording / Mix Engineer if you're looking for songwriting, production, tracking or mixing you have come to the right place
For more than 17 years, Sam Thomas has taken his creative ear and fine tuned his technical music skills as an award-winning top mixing and tracking engineer. His work finds him Recording, Mixing, and Producing stateside in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta, and has recently paired him with the likes of Tricky Stewart, The Dream, Alessia Cara, Terry Lewis, India.Arie, Chris Brown, Johnny Gill, DJ Khaled, Joe, Mary J. Blige, Case, Justin Bieber, Day 26, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Danity Kane, Monica, Ginuwine, Ciara, and Toni Braxton. In 2006 Mary J. Blige's album The Breakthrough won a Grammy for Best R&B Album and also won "Best R&B Song" for the Single "Be Without You." In 2008, Mary J. Blige’s album Growing Pains won a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album recorded by Sam. In 2009, India.Arie’s “Pearls," mixed by Sam, won a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance, making his work a part of 20 Grammy winning and Grammy nominated projects to date.
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Interview with Sam Thomas
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: -Tracking Engineer for Mary J Blige's "Be Without You" won 2 Grammys for it !!! -Mix Engineer for Indi.Arie's "Pearls" won a Grammy for Mixing (mixed entire album Testimony Vol 2, Love and Politics) -Tracking Engineer for Mary J Blige's "Growing Pains" album, won Grammy for Engineering
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: just finished writing and production for Alessia Cara, Mixed Ratchet Life for the STAR tv show on Fox, lots of new artist sessions and mixing
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I am a professional and work on music everyday, respect my time and i will respect your project and make it into a hit
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: going on 17 years in the studio
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: keep people on the dance floor
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Im all over the place, this year i have recorded and mixed Pop, folk americana, Progressive metal, R&B, Trap Rap, Gospel, and international pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing is my strong trait but i am also a guitar player of 25 years and i write songs too
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I mix aggressively, tend to put my foot through things ;) I like to think that i take an album filler and make it a Single, I have been in the industry for 17+ years, throughout my journey I have picked up all the gems of how to write and produce a hit record.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: receive files and $$$ - Mix record - Customer Happy !!! - REPEAT
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My Studio has a SSL AWS 900+ at its center piece, surrounded by Custom Dual 15" (dual 18" subs) Augspurger Monitors, NS-10's, and Mix Cubes, lots of outboard gear 2 BlueStripe 1176's, Vintech 473, 2 Chandler LTD1's, 2 Chandler LTD2's, 2 DBX 160x's, 4 ch SPL Transient Designer, C2, PL2, SRS, Antelope Pure 2, and an array of plugins from Waves, UAD, Slate Digital, Plugin alliance and many more. Assortment of Microphones, Elam 251, Song C800g, U87, TLM 103, AKG 414, Shure SM7, SM58, SM57, etc...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: all of them, i learn from everybody. in this day and age there are so many people creating new music
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Tracking, Mixing, Songwriting and Production