Hollywood-Based Record Producer
Zack has engineered for some of Hollywood’s elite recording artists, and has worked for every major label. He is currently a Staff Engineer at the famous Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California.
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Interview with Zachary Zajdel
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Record production, Large format console recording & mixing sessions to small independent sessions.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I’m inspired by all other producer/engineers and musicians, there’s always something to learn.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For large sessions I work out of Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, they have 2 API custom consoles and 1 Neve 8088 console. For small sessions I have a home studio with Pro Tools 12 and an Appogee Duet.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Project dependent.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I know what sounds like a hit, and what doesn’t. I also know how to make hits.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing records from start to finish.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It’s all art.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Calvin Harris, to learn his tricks.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Record Producer by day, DJ by night. I’ve been working in high-end commercial Hollywood recording studios since 2013.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, UA Apollo Twin, Adam A7, Neumann u47, & M-Audio Axiom 61.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I specialize in taking an idea or demo and turning it into a professional record.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How may I help you?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don’t just make beats.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How did you get into this? College.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating something inspiring.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You get what you pay for.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, that’s where the future is headed.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Liz Fohl.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I’m proud to have been one of the engineers on the new A Perfect Circle record, they are one of my favorite bands.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m producing an EDM record that will become a DJ set.