Professional quality mixing and mastering, for a fraction of the price.
My name is Parker Holmes. I've been a mixing/mastering engineer since I was 14. Over my time with artists, studios, and producers, I've grown to realize that a high-quality mix and master service is often out of reach for smaller bands, as the prices are often astronomically high. Although a tremendous amount of work goes into this craft, I'm dedicated to assisting artists in achieving the best quality music they can for a reasonable price.
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Interview with Parker Holmes
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hail the Sun, Deafheaven, Kendrick Lamar, and many, many others.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is a two story performing arts studio in Cincinnati. Located in a calm area, the 3 isolation rooms, 2 drum rooms (20 ft. tall), and open space allows for a great recording space.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the work! I am incredibly organized, so all work is done in a set order.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy, depth, and emotion.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A large variety, but usually Hip-Hop or Rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always get the best source sound you can!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Donovan Melero. His vocal work is incredible.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Straightforward, easy, and relaxed.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am a computer scientist. I started out recording when I was 14, and haven't stopped learning since.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An SM57, a stand, an XLR cable, a computer, and an audio interface.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure your music is completely ready to be mixed and mastered.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is a style or song you love the sound of? Why are you releasing your music? Who do you want it to appeal to?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The amount of time it takes to REALLY work on a song.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What my rates are, and who I've worked with. My answers can be found on my profile!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You WILL love the way your music sounds. I guarantee it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. They have their own use cases and pros/cons.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mastering for a blues band out of Cincinnati.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The "In the Pines" LP. It was my first big album, and it took nearly 2 years to record, edit, mix and master. Everyone involved was in high school, so balancing our lives was a bit stringy.