Hello there! I mix, master and produce music. I have been doing it on a daily basis since 2007 in my well-equiped studio in cetral of Stockholm, Sweden. I started out with house which eventually turned into EDM and now pop and hiphop. https://open.spotify.com/user/iamcastell/playlist/3idXroDMkiH0tWyAmIPPmP?si=8i3_Th-FRvqCSnrsAOd1ng
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Interview with Andreas Larsson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The EP i'm doing now is something i'm proud of since the singer comes from a brittish ballad sounding background and ended up in my studio doing future bass / pop inspired music. It sounds very 2019.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An EP by me 'CASTELL' featuring Ben Cork from U.K.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jordan Diggs - Singer/songwriter
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital sounding like analog and analog for the analog sound digital can't create :)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can't garantuee that you will be happy, but I can garauntee that I would not have you pay for something you aren't happy with.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It is very flexible and you constantly meet new people. The end results are also why I do this.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it doesn't take any real work, that it's all fun and games. Few people have seen the real work being done where you can go crazy for two weeks over not having the right kick or snare i.e.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you happy with the project so far? if not, why? what's missing? I believe communication and hard work is key to make the client happy.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You can polish a turd, but it will still be a turd. The advice i'd give is to not be too lazy before sending the track/stems. If you feel you've done all you can, I WILL do my best and see that you are happy with the outcome.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The 5 things listed in my spec is probably what i'd take since I run mostly 'in the box'
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out 2007 in my friends studio, which became mine 7 years ago. Today i'm there full time producing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Simple yet complex, I like mixing different styles to where it becomes an own genre under the "pop umbrella"
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Max martin and his team, they seem to have found the magic recipe for billboard tracks.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: "Less is more"
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sound design
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Definitely a unique sound, where sound design is what I like doing the most. But i'm also very meticulous when it comes to arrangements and mixing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It differs from session to session, usually start out with melodies for the writer(s) and singer(s) to be able to work meanwhile I shape the project and make it's arrangement and sound design.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Based in Central Stockholm, Sweden. I use UAD mainly for hardware inputs. Microphone: Neumann u87 ai Soundcard: UAD apollo 8 duo Plug-ins: All UAD plugins, waves, etc. Monitors: Genelec 8040, KRK vxt 8, Yamaha ns10 Studio: 20 sq/meters profesionally soundproofed with a song booth.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Major Lazer, Sia, Aphex twin, james blake etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually have artists coming over to the studio for sessions where we create tracks from scratch and i'm also involved in the writing process, but mainly production and being a producer.