I was very fortunate to be exposed to every genre of music, from country to rap and everything in between, this has influenced me greatly, it allows me to let the music tell me what to do. I never force myself on the music. I also like paying attention to the little details.
I am an audio engineer well-versed in both analog and digital mediums, and proficient as a Recording and Mix Engineer. I was trained in analogue and grew up learning digital. Knowledge of old and new world technologies has given me a unique advantage within the music industry.
As a former studio owner and entrepreneur from Trinidad and Tobago, I previously worked with high profile clients in the music and advertising industry. I successfully met all deadlines, and nurtured lasting relationships. I bring a fresh and professional approach to any task and I’m great at building strategic partnerships.
Since relocating to the US in 2015, working out of both Atlanta and New York, I’ve worked with Gucci Mane, Keisha Cole, Kelly Price, Young Scooter, Trouble DTE, Cash Out, Freebands, Rocko, Jazze Pha, Jacquees, ALanna, Verse Simmons and many more.
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Interview with Giandre Diaz
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was the recording engineer for Kelly price on the album Life of Pablo, song titled 'father stretch my hands pt. 1' I was especially proud because i'm new to the US and the studio owner saw, based on my daily operations that i was capable to perform the task exceptionally, despite his limited knowledge of my skill set.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently finishing a mix for a mixtape project for an artist called 'Young Fool' titled 'Gwap Talk'
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not sure, I'm new here and i don't know all the engineers registered, i'm sure there are. I recommend other engineers in real life so yes.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, they both have their merits and i have lived to experience both domains thoroughly.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be 100% satisfied. I work for you... Your requests will be met, i am not here to show you what i can do for me, i am the technician that brings your vision to sound!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like feeding the passion of all clients, giving them pride and sometimes surprise in themselves within a competitive industry. I meet all types, i love affecting lives positively.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do i need to send the tracks separately - Yes. Can you fix poorly recorded vocals - It depends, but it will definitely affect how much can be done with the entire song. Do you master too - No.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That i master, i will send you a loud reference for playback but it is by no means a mastered version.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: To send organized files, to understand that the process happens until they are 100% satisfied and to be free to ask for what they'd like to hear.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Music is subjective, it's my taste you're paying for, my knowledge of industry sound and arrangement. Seek enhancement and creativity within your vision from me or any other engineer. It's your baby, i'm just a temporary sitter that treats your child like you would and better.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro (of course), UAD Satellite oct, Antelope Pure 2, RND Shelford channel and my amphion one 18s
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for more than 15 years and i continue to learn and pursue excellence.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm very clean sounding, but huge and open. Depth is important to me, i like to see what i'm hearing so to speak.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Donald Glover. His approach to life seems genuine and he puts no restriction on creativity, i believe it will allow great things to manifest.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: the secret everyone is looking for but can't seem to find is gain staging. Do that well and your work will be great always.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, RnB, Trap, Soca.... EDM now and again.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring passion, i will put better drums if i have to, i will put your vocal in time. I have a huge knowledge of music from all genres, that helps me with tasteful decisions and fresh ideas for your song or project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Monitoring is a critical aspect to my workflow. I would first listen to the rough I'm presented with, balance the mix, fix any tuning or phase issues, clean the tracks if necessary and then let the song tell me what to do. It's usually always in line with what the client wants to achieve as well.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've come to realize less is definitely more in todays world. So i have my high end conversion, great plugins and magnificent monitoring. I'm also mobile and ready to come to you.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Everyone with a passion for sound before the paycheck.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio recording and mixing