Julian Blanco is a music producer and a mixing engineer. With an eclectic taste and a background as a musician, he is most passionate about getting musical ideas to the highest level. Currently based at Soho Sonic Studios, he also works remotely from his studio in North London. Credits include EMI, Abbey Road, Jorja Smith, Lewis Capaldi and Gigs.
My passion as a music producer and an engineer comes from my background writing and performing songs as an artist, having toured extensively supporting my own work. Therefore I have an understanding of the process and the point of view at both sides of the glass.
So far in my career I've had the privilege to be involved in many different projects in the industry. From engineering sessions at Abbey Road Studios, to recording foley for the award winning short "Little Soldier" with director Stella Corradi, to produce the track “Fighting Fit” for the album ‘Radiate:Exhilarating Pop’ for EMI Music. Most recently I’ve worked on Tommi Waring's latests single "Moonracer". which has been featured in Clash Magazine, Complex UK and Miami New Times to great praise.
I specialise in production and mixing for both bands and solo artists. Due to my work at commercial studios in London, I’m confident working in a wide range of genres and playing different instruments if required. I'm also a resident producer/engineer at Soho Sonic Studios, with facilities at both Soho and Camden that I can book if we feel the need to do so.
Above all, I'm a creative person that enjoys a good collaboration with the sole objective of making the best music possible.
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Interview with Julian Blanco
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually come to a project at the stage where the artist feels he can no longer improve on what he has. That can be either at the writing stage, arranging or with the production almost done ready for some tweaks and mix. Then I take it on and work from there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Excitement and passion!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make your own sounds! Everybody has access to presets but if you make your own you'll be able to make stuff that sounds like nobody else.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is it that you want to achieve? What do you need from me in order to achieve it?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Having the chance of making noise every day.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Energetic and fresh. Although it very much depends on the song but usually I mix tradicional recording techniques with modern record production. I like to add real instruments even if it's just for textures to add humanity to productions. Then I do a lot of programming and sequencing on the computer to add sounds and instruments that I feel are appropriated for what we're trying to do.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Rich Pikington, Oscar Moos and Jake McCormack. All great producers and engineers that I've had the pleasure of working with in the studio.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will deliver what we agreed on and will keep the client inform at all times of what it's going on.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The list is big, but to name a few: Rick Rubin, Ross Robinson, Hans Zimmer, Jed Kurzel, Ryan West, John Hopkins, Misha Mansoor, Adam Nolly Getgood and Daniel Bergstrand
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's quick and easy with technology these days. To deliver something really good and genuine the necessary amount of time needs to be put into it. Also that it's everything about the gear, but as a wise man said once, it's not the gear it's the ear...
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on Tommi Waring's new single 'Forever', a few tracks for Nazneen Rahman new LP and an EP I co-wrote with a couple of friends in Iceland and Canada. Also just release a track called East Side Wonder by my great friend Marco Marin. Busy times!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Bringing a song to it's maximum potential, regardless of the genre.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can I get a discount and how much is it. I have set prices for my services but I'm able to adapt to your budget, also every project is different so the best thing is always to contact me and be specific about what you need