I'm Gui Kikuchi, mixing engineer, singer/songwriter, sound designer.
Key Skills: Pro Tools, Ableton, sound recording, session guitarist, Vst mixing and mastering tools, Midi composition.

Available for Music Production and Composition, Editing, Arrangements, Mixing, Mastering, Audio File Converting, Music Reinterpretations and Remakes, Sound Designing.

When working with music one should have acquired enough knowledge in lots of different areas. That's were I come in. Having played piano since a young age and played in over 10 bands from pop to metal as guitarist and singer I have plenty of experience in what the music should sound like.

I will always do my best, and my best will always get better over time.
What matters the most is the clients taste and I will do whatever it takes to get there.

Gear highlights

  • KRK Vxt 8
  • Pro Tools 10/11/12
  • Sennhiser HD 650

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Gui Kikuchi

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Couldn't be happier than to have chosen Gui Kikuchi for this particular mix. He seemed to have understood my vision. I will be working with him again.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    I've worked with Gui Kikuchi in so many projects and I really like the inputs that he made and the technique used for the mix and master. I deeply recommend you guys to work with him since his very flexible and know what has to be done and when to be done.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    The description of Gui Kikuchi profile does justice to his work. Great musician, singer/songwriter and great mixing engineer, as well. I've had the pleasure to work with him in a project named Nelsons Trap. He mixed our songs and participated, also, as instrumental composer. Look forward to work with him again.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Gui kikuchi is a very professional guy. I worked with him on three occasions
    2012 we release our single NELSONS TRAP - SHOW ME HOW YOU FOUND THE WAY
    2013/2014 with our records NELSONSTRAP - FAST AND FORWARD
    2014/2015 my other band OUTSIDERS CRAMP, (not release)
    He participated as a mixing engineer and chords composer. He's a complete musician.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Gui Kikuchi did a great job! He is an expert and also an easygoing dude. Each song detail appeared clearly, and Gui proved to be a guy in tune with what's modern, nailing in every aspects of our song. Can´t wait to work with him again.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Check out my music video, that's Guikikuchi production and his miracle work on my voice "Locosession - My Paradise. (Web video)" at YouTube - https://youtu.be/alwxGEKM4r8

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Gui Kikuchi was flexible to how I wanted to sound. Had a lot of patience recording my vocals, coaching and comping. The music turned out just the way I wanted. Definety going to work with him again.

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Interview with Gui Kikuchi

What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Sometimes the client wants a mix of 2 or more references that just don't work together.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Locosession is the project I'm proud of. I did everything from start to finish. All vocals, synths, guitars, etc... Mixing and mastering
What are you working on at the moment?
Mixing for other studios.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll always be flexible to the clients taste. I'll make my best, and my best will always get better over time.
What do you like most about your job?
Working in a creative environment but being methodical at the same time.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Started playing in bands and then moved on to the studio as quickly as I realised everyone's sound sucked. So I needed to do something about it. It's been 8 years.
How would you describe your style?
Fast but careful and methodical. I always put the interpretation in first place and that's why I edit and correct a lot before start mixing.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Symphony X because I always loved their music and Calvin Harris because his music are near perfect products.
What's your strongest skill?
I'd say it's editing timing and tuning vocals to sound right but still natural.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital with a little touch of analog. There are plenty of ways to sound as good as analog (UAD, Slate Digital, Brainworks...) and it's reversible and easy to make alterations. But sometimes there is nothing like warming up the signal in an old pre valve pre amp.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: How long is it gonna take to mix the entire cd? A: Dependes on how much correction and editing I will have to apply and if the songs were recorded with the same setup. It will always be faster if the setup is the same and there is little correction. And there is always going to be adjusts and sometimes total makeover of a song or two if the client desires.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be specific. Have an idea of how your music should sound. Analise the raw material to see if its close to your reference.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
KRK VXT 8 - Because I'm pretty much now how it responds. Mac Pro - Power will always be power. Seinheiser HD650 Headphones. Always good when listening close to the details. I think I just need these 3
Can you share one music production tip?
Attention to detail. When you think it sounds perfect you are probably wrong and it's time to take a break.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly electronic, pop and rock
What do you bring to a song?
Good taste and a flat response so it sounds better in more sound systems.
What's your typical work process?
Listen to the artists concerns and reference. Fix whats to be fixed by editing, then mix and master. In the mix process first set the volumes right and start the cleaning.
Tell us about your studio setup.
MacPro 2x2.26 KRK Monitors VXT 8 Pro Tools 10 / 11/ 12 Ableton Live 9 A whole lot of plugins
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Depends on the style. I'm pretty eclectic and listen to everything from Rock/ Heavy Metal to Pop and EDM
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing, Mastering, recording Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals.