Rob Lindsay is a Bristol based mixing engineer and producer. He has been working as as mixing engineer and producer for over 10 years with releases on top uk labels such as Black Butter records, Ministry of sound, Madtech and WHRS music.
Rob Lindsay has over 10 years experience spanning the length and breadth of the music industry. From working for a top record label to managing a production studio and everything in-between. Rob moved to London when he was 18 to attend Alchemea Music College to study Audio Engineering and Live Sound and only a year later had his first release at 19 on the legendary Black Butter Records. Soon after he secured a residency at a top London nightclub and started DJing all over the UK and Europe. After 5 years at the forefront of the UK's electronic music scene Rob found his passion for Mixing, mastering and tutoring. Rob's seen his work reach top spots on multiple online platforms like Beatport, iTunes, Trackitdown and Juno.
Rob is now the head engineer at WPS bristol, A production/engineering tuition and Mix down business based in bristol, UK.
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Interview with WPS - Rob Lindsay
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Im just finishing off mixing the new My Nu Leng EP. Which is sounding Great!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Overall - Digital for convenience but they are certainly not mutually exclusive.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Its not magic.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always try and get into their headspace. See what vision they have for that project. Asking them Which artist they like the sound of and what era of music are they most influenced from.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: A great track or album is a team effort. Surround your project with talented and passionate people who want the best out of it!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ive always wanted to work Hans Zimmer. Im a huge fan of how he puts the 'feels' into anything he does be it lion king or inception. Im a massive fan!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more. Work with fewer but great sounding elements.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have worked with both the analogue and digital over the years. However I prefer to work in the digital nowadays due to its convenience.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I get inspired by great records from all genres and era's. I just love to hear good quality audio.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My Main focus is Mixing and Mastering but I also run a production and engineering tuition business.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Unity audio 'The Boulders MKii' Speakers, Softubes Console 1, Distressor, Moog multimode Filter and my DAW.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path was a little predictable. I started working for a Studio/Managemnet company making loads of tea working my way up the ladder. After a few years of that I moved to london to study audio engineering, soon after i got a few tracks signed to Black Butter Records. After about 5 years of DJing all over i decided to concentrate more on the mixing and mastering side of things. I also set up a tuition business for people looking to hone their skills with the more technical side of things.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All sorts of dance music from house to Drum and bass. I also work on Hip-hop, reggae and more experimental soundscapes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always try and bring something fresh to the song or project im working on be it my technical expertise or my creative vision.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process typically starts with me understanding the vision of the client. Every decision is based on that.