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Interview with Carl Houde Music
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Between client projects, I'm working on producing a short EP of my own! I'm hoping to have it all finalized and ready for release in the next couple of months.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Each has their pros and cons. Analog has its warm harmonics and satisfying characteristics. Digital has unparalleled transparency and is incredibly convenient. Why simply choose one?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that together we will nail your creative vision for your music. I'm here for you. The music itself is the most important part of the entire production process, and that's why I believe it's so important that we work together for the sake of producing the best music we possibly can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I get to meet so many people through their music. Turning their creative works into art that they can proudly display is truly one of the most fulfilling ways I could spend my time.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think a lot of newer recording artists undervalue a good mix. They tweak the faders; maybe throw on a compressor preset; possibly do some haphazard EQing; crank the master fader up and call it a day. A good mixing engineer will pay attention to what a song is trying to say and bring it out with specific, intentional processing. A good mixing engineer also has the ability to approach a song from an unbiased point of view so that he or she can make objective decisions about what is best for the song ultimately.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your goal for your song? Do you want to put it up on SoundCloud and send it to friends? Do you want to print it to CD's and sell it at Starbucks? Do you want to get the attention of a label and make it onto the Top Charts? Each of these goals demands a slightly different approach to Mixing, and addressing goals early can smooth out the entire production process.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would talk to each engineer that you're considering. They may be a great engineer, but if they can't listen to what you need and what you want for your songs, you'll end up wasting money on a final mix that you won't be proud of—and NO artist wants that.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like a crisp and clean mix. I think some of the best songs sound like they're being performed just for you. I try to bring out the performance in a song when I'm mixing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter and Pop-Rock. I have actually written and produced a handful of my own songs in these genres, so I know the feeling of sitting on both sides of studio glass.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to communicate effectively with artists. A disconnect between artist and engineer will 100% show through in the final product.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring an artist's creative vision to life by mixing their songs with their desires in mind. Everything I do in mixing has a purpose, and my underlying goal is to help the songs better tell the artist's story.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly mix songs for recording artists.