My goal has always been to be a swiss army knife of the studio. My skillsets include production and mixing, as well as session work with guitar, pedal steel, mandolin etc. as well as synths, and programming.
I've been a musician since the age of 10. I started off as a producer in 2007, arranging, producing, and mixing music for sync placements. Shortly thereafter, I began working the production side of the pop and dance music world. I have worked with a variety of artist over the years in different genres. My eclectic musical diet and lucky opportunities led me to experiences with major players in the industry that continue to enrich my journey as a musician and as a human being experiencing life. In that short time I was even able to get an RIAA certified double platinum record with my name on it!
Given the unique combination of skill sets in my background, I have an edge on the modern sounds where New York and Nashville meet. From samples and synths to pedal steel,guitar, and bass, I cover a lot of sonic ground.
Currently, I am one half of the duo, The Felix.
I am available for many stages of the production process. This includes mixing, editing, vocal production/correction, drum editing, and synth work. I am a multi instrumentalist, and am set up to be a one stop shop to see your product through to be ready for mastering.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Blake Skipper
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I heard of this website through many industry friends who, at least I think, are the best alive today. As for recommendations, Ricardo Gutierrez is an ace mastering engineer. https://soundbetter.com/profiles/603-ricardo-gutierrez
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to help you achieve your objective on your records and to bring them to a new dimension of life that excites you and the end listener.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The Modern Machines remix for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I produced it with the EDM producer DJ, CID. I just love that band and I love that song!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Various client mixes. A music project called “The Felix” and helping delvelop material for various talent with my production crew.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Telecaster, SM57, My laptop, UAD box, Larrivee Acoustic.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any type of mainstream pop, country, indie, rock, edm, etc.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Objectivity, Experience, Focus.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andy Wallace, Ross Robinson, Mark Needham, Andy Sneap, Ryan Hewitt... too many too list.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, production, and editing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently, while in quarantine in NYC, I'm having a lot of fun mixing in the box on my trusty Genelecs!
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: What's your strongest skill?
A: Drums and Vocals
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Rest your ears!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sigur Ros, they amaze me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unique, thorough, efficient. I draw from a very eclectic background.
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: 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: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a reference mix? What is your vision for this record?
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 customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: “How did you do that!?” A: Years of trial and error!
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: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their merits. I use a mixed bag of both.