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Interview with Steve Galante
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Giorgia Fumanti and December Rose's next albums. Many single mastering and mixing projects with local and online clients from all over the world
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, but mainly digital with an analog education and history in my ears. Been working on analog consoles and multitrack tape machines for decades. I can built the same sound (actually better) with today's digital means, and a bit of high quality analog pieces
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To do my best to bring their project to a top quality level
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To me it does not feel like I am working at all (most of the times...)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do I want royalties for my job ? Normally, no
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Classy and punchy, forward thinking but never forgetting the past
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The fact that I can't provide any promotion activity for your song or project
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I try to let them talk and try to understand what they really want and need
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be very specific about what you want or let me help you focus on your real goals
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neumann U87, Neve 1073, Kurzweil Midiboard, Sennheiser HD600, TC 6000
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started more than 35 years ago, from piano (classical conservatory trained) to keyboards to recording equipment to personal home studio to bigger facility
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Hiromi Uehara, to just do nothing, stay there and enjoy her playing
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep in mind at all times all the actors involved, the artist, the songwriter, the song, the label, the market, everyone but then choose yourself
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, hip-hop, crossover, rap, but also edm, dance, jazz, ethnic, classical, RnB
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A vision, a structure, a sound, a custom made dress for the artist
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's a one-room design, with acoustic piano, midi keyboard workstation, room for recording 4-5 players together, and mastering grade monitor system. The ambience is very cozy and warm, flat acoustic response and highly insulated.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Giorgia Fumanti's "Amour" album, where I was the producer. We went on top of the charts for weeks, which is pretty rare for this type of music (crossover).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Rodney Jerkins
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full productions, mixing, mastering, vocal and acoustic instruments recording and editing