I am an audio engineer, producer, sound tech, recording engineer and musician from Portugal, living in Porto (yes the city of Port Wine!). I studied sounds engineering and music production in college and wish to do this for a living. My debut EP will be coming out soon and will showcase my production and mixing skills.
I'm experienced in working remotely with musicians to achieve the mix/master of their dreams. I also really enjoy recording at big studios, so if you're ever about to record at Estúdios Sá da Bandeira, Boom Studios, etc- I'm your guy!
I've been working with prog legend Amadeus Awad for the past year and was a part of the production team in his last record "Book of Gates".
I'm used to working with several genres like: Pop, Rock, Metal, Jazz (most prominently) and even electronic music.
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Interview with Alex Moreira
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own personal EP, a weekly Jazz Jam Session that I record and mix/master, some Amadeus Awad stuff and a demo record by a jazz/soul quintet!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I adore analog and have just recently done 2 albums fully analog, old school mics and stuff, but digital is great if you're working on a low budget. They both sound great and are appealing to different types of people.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll make it sound as close to what they want as possible (probably even better).
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative and also working on music I actually enjoy. Win-Win
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. "Is it hard to do?" A. Nop. Q. "How long will it take? A month?" A. Probably under a week. Q. "How much is it?" A. Depends!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mostly that I don't know anything about music. That I'm a mere technician. That I place mics at random!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What/who do you want the song/record to sound like? Do you want me to recommend musicians? What's your budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: What exactly do you want? It's very important to know that! What do you want the song/record to sound like (specific references), what's your budget, do you know musicians? Get a feel for the market. Find the best way to promote your music online, do a blog, a vlog channel. This sorta stuff creates buzz.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well, my amazing genelec 8010s, my very fast computer, an interface, an amp+guitar and a couple of mics.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a fine arts student on my way to architecture, but then I decided to drop out and move to london where I met a lot of musicians. After I came back, I started studying to get in this amazing production and engineering degree. 4 years later I have a degree and a loooooot of experience working with musicians from all over and all genres. Still learning, still in love with this industry.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My own EP, which should be out in a couple of months. I'm really proud to have been able to gather so many amazing people to play in the songs I wrote. It was a labor of love, and it shows. I wrote all the songs, sang in most, played almost all the rhythm guitars and some other instruments, produced and mixed the entire thing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I really like to hear the drums in a mix. I love clarity and ineligibility and I adore it when the band sounds as one in a mix.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Steven Wilson.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make your music appealing to an audience.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly Jazz, lots of classical stuff, a lot of metal and rock as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing. I've studied it in college and have been perfecting it for years.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a producer I'm very strict in the sense that I'm being paid to tell you what works and what doesn't, so I'll tell the artist exactly how I consider things should change. This is usually a great thing for the artist, who's usually too involved in the project to make productive calls on what should and shouldn't stay.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually get the multi-tracks or the pro tools project. After that I do a rough mix of the song(s) and send them over to the artist. Once we've established a direction, it's usually a pretty quick process. This is valid for both mixing and mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mostly do mixing and mastering, so I have a nice big room with comfortable acoustics with a genelec 8010 pair and a great new computer. Most of my current and future investment is in plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steven Wilson, José Diogo Neves, Jens Bogren.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do mixing and/or mastering stuff. I also record a lot of people who work locally.