What do you like most about your job?
Talking with the artists about their music, and being able to shape something into a finished product.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make me louder? My answer is usually yeah but you'll be drowning out another instrument, and I usually compromise by doing automation for the volume.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People tend to think that its easier than it really is. Only because they have never seen how much work goes into it.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
After studying Finance for a year, I finally took a chance and attempted to follow my dream. Although I have been in the audio field 3 years, I am very experienced thanks to my education in audio technology.
Can you share one music production tip?
One tip I was glad to get when I was a beginner was, easy on the reverb and always try cutting before you boost.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I mix a lot of Rock music, more recently Indie music has been coming in, which I enjoy working on. I also mix a lot of reggae.
What do you bring to a song?
Years of listening to different genres helps me either replicate a style, or I like to use techniques from other genres tastefully to give it that little something extra or different.
What's your typical work process?
Firstly, I clean up the tracks, organizing, grouping, color coding,and bussing. Panning, then basic levels. Then to the vocals with fresh ears. Drums and bass are usually next, followed by guitars, horns, shaker exc. Frequently take breaks for my ears, and listen to reference material.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I closely study the work of all the top mix engineers and consistantly learn from them, but most of all the musicians on the tracks I mix are who I draw inspiration from.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly do mix work. I also provide editing services along with all other professional touches expected; such as automation, vocal comping, vocal tuning, and sample drum replacement.