RIAA Double Platinum certified music producer and mix engineer based in New York, NY. I specialize in pop, rock, and indie, as well as music for picture. My productions and mixes have seen over 5 million Spotify streams.
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Interview with Blake Skipper
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The one remix for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I just Love them.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Various client mixes. A music project called “The Felix” and helping delvelop material for a Los Angeles based talent.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their merits.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: A well balanced, digestible mix!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I get to make music for a living period. It’s also nice to help people realize their vision.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: “How did you do that!?” Experience!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Fixing fundamental recording mistakes (although I have been proven capable of this)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a reference mix? What is your vision for this record?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have mixes and stems prepared in an organize fashion for the best results in the record!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Gibson SG, SM57, My laptop, Apollo Twin, Larrivee Acoustic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 10+ years. I’ve been a musician most of my life. I recorded and produced an EP for my friends in college after a stint in live audio engineering and found my calling!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unique, thorough, efficient.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sigur Ros, they amaze me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Rest your ears!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any type of mainstream pop, indie, rock, edm, etc.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Drum Mixes
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Objectivity, Experience, Magic.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually work through a first pass based on a reference mix and tailor according to client notes in revisions.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix in a well treated acoustic space on primarily GENELEC 2030A and Yamaha NS10s
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andy Wallace, Ross Robinson, Mark Needham, Andy Sneap, Ariel Borujow
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and some secondary production.