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Interview with Amateur.PRODUCTIONS
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record, mix and master stuff.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm really inspired by people like Graham Cochrane (therecordingrevolution.com) or Dave Pensado. Such humble personalities and yet so succesful. These two guys are my main inspirations!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm just a home studio guy. I work completely in the box. My DAW of choice is Reaper by Cockos. Other than that I listen through my ADAM F5 nearfield speakers. I guess less is more. I don't overcomplicate things.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the song a couple of times while doing a rough balance. Just volume and pan until I see that it is all coming together. After that I EQ frequencies out that get in way with other instruments or seem a bit weird, compress things that need a bit of help until I get a sonic static mix. Last but not least there's some automation to do in the most cases. That's it. Don't overcomplicate things ;)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Everybody percieves sound different. So I'll mix or master your song through my ears and how I think music should sound. There's just no right or wrong. It's just a matter of taste.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on many genres. From metal to rock or even some EDM stuff!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Work with the gear you already have. There's not that one fancy plugin, that will save all your mixes. Just practice until you see your skills improving.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with artists that have a distinct vision of their music. It really doesn't matter which genre.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is raw. It's not too clean and polished and yet it's not too dirty. And punch is really important. But that has to do with the music I've worked on until now, I guess.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm really proud of the first EP I did with my band "HERE WE ARE!". I recorded, mixed and mastered everything on my own! There are no programmed drums, sample replacements or digital amps on this record. So there are real drums, real bass and guitar amps.