I am an audio engineer based out of NC. I have done everything from mixing, mastering, session drumming, voiceovers, commercials, etc... During my time as audio engineer I have worked under 2 Grammy winning producers, one of the projects being a benefit album for United Way to end poverty in Greensboro, NC.
I became an audio engineer because of my love of music. I started learning drums as a toddler but, began taking it seriously at age 11. As I began playing in bands there was need to record our music. Shortly after I began recording demos out of necessity at age 13. After a few years I decided to learn from someone who could teach me how to deliver great results and how to sustain work in the industry I wanted to be in. At 18 I began interning at Music Mania Recording Company and am still currently working there. While I was gaining(and still am) ample amount of great experience in the industry I wanted to back it with a degree. This fall I will be graduating with my Associates Degree at Guilford Techincal Community College at the top of my class in the recording engineering program. My GPA at the college is a 3.9 and am 30th overall in my graduating class. At my time at the college I have got to work under two Grammy winning producers. As well as currently working on a project for United Way to end poverty in Greensboro NC. I have had the pleasure of working with several artists in several different genres. I love what I do and look forward to helping you make you’re dreams a reality.
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Interview with Andrew Produces
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Into The Sun- The Road, this album has not came out yet, but on this I am the drummer, the percussionist, backup singer, co producer and mixer. It doesn't get better than that...
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Into The Sun- The Road, can not wait for the world to hear this great stuff!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Both have there benefits and drawbacks. I prefer to use both to make my setup both hybrid and unique.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to clients is to deliver an affordable product, that is quality and a representation of their art.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting to make clients dreams become reality. My 2nd is getting to hear all of the great tunes before everyone else!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you put reverb on that? Yes, Yes I can.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: When I tell someone I am an audio engineer I sometimes get this, "Oh, So you make beats?" .
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you going for? Who are your influences? I also request file consolidation and notes. such as( microphones used, pics of the room, etc..)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask questions.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, My microphone case(with them in there), My interface, hard drive, and another hard drive to back up everything...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am graduating at the top of my class at GTCC with my associates degree in audio engineering in the fall of 2018. I also work at Music Mania Recording Company and have for the last 3 years. My experience began when I was 13 and got my 1st recording setup, I did demos for years until my recordings sounded more and more professional.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As a fan of all music I try to be a different musician/ producer on every song I do. This is art not a cookie cutter.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I have always wanted to work with Dave Grohl. My reasoning is he has been one of the most successful multi- instrumentalists.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One of my favorites is compressing your effects. This tends to bring them to front of the mix and helps a dry track breath.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Metal, Indie, Pop, Country, Reggae, etc... Open to all genres of music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Work Ethic
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I add life to a song, during the tracking process audio files sometimes sound sterile due to lack of effects and dynamics processing. While mixing I try to think how would this band sound live? How can I make them sound better?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In mixing I start by listening, then applying reasoning. I only mix things with purpose, during the process I try to think how can I improve the sound but, not alter what the artist is trying to achieve.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is a working project studio. I am able to offer lower budgets than most because my setup is fairly low cost. I run protools 12 and do most of my production in the box.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a drummer- Danny Carey, Dave Grohl, John Bonham As a producer- Jeremy Thomas, David Bottrill, Jimmy Page
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do for clients is recording, mixing and mastering. I also do session drumming as well as voice over work.