I take where you left off and finish it! Inspiring and modern sound with analog depth. Mix within the week. Production depends on what needs to be done. Daily feedback. Can adapt to budget within reason. Genre fluid. Looking for great artists to work with!
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. I have 10 years of experience working with signed and independent artists alike.
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 mixing Grace Grundy's cover of "Fresh Eyes" (written by Ian Kirkpatrick and Andy Grammer) to producing and mixing several tracks for EMI Music and Endemol Shine Group.
Most recently I’ve mixed FOURS latests single "Feel Good" and JV/ZUU latest single "Yeah, No".
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.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
26 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Julian Blanco
One of the best things about Soundbetter is that if/when you find someone to work with that "get's it" in regard to the kind of music that you produce, and who can mix and master your tracks to perfection...that's the ulitmate find. I'm happy to say that I've found that person in Julian. Thanks again JB!!!!
I've been writing and releasing songs for a pretty long time now, and the thing that stands out to me most about the process is that the mix and the mastering are the 2 most important aspects of song productions. Julian is my soul-mate in that regard, because he brings out the energy and emotion (the magic) from all of the different artists contributing to the production. Thanks JB, our collaboration has been truly magical....!!!
I provided Julian with a song that I recorded some decades ago and he made the song/track/production sound like a million bucks, but totally authentic. I've waited a long time to hear this song mixed properly and Julian made it sound like the party it was meant to be...You're The Best JB!!!!!
This is the 2nd song that Julian has mixed for me and I could not be happier. I'm most impressed with the way that he can make a song sound "like a record" and his mastering skills are incredible. All of the parts are in their perfect place in the mix and he makes it all sound "bigger than life" . Julian is the man !!!!
what an amazing person!! so talented and professional! can’t wait to work with him again on the next project.
I feel so fortunate to have found Julian on SB....His mix and mastering of my track has "blown me away". He is the ultimate professional and makes the music sound its absolute best. I'll be super confident when I send other productions to him because he is a master at his craft.....
Thanks a lot julian!!! I really like your work and can’t wait to work with you again on the next project. All the best for you!!
Great guy, very dope mixing!
Another great job done by Julian!
Amazing engineer. Only person i will let my artist work with
I've been working with Julian for years now and he literally mixed all my tracks. He has a great ear and a superb attention to details. Moreover, he's a fantastic and versatile producer too: from pop to rock, he can nail any sound. Cool guy too, always present and an honest communicator. Definitely recommended!
I've been working with Julian for years now and he literally mixed all my tracks. He has a great hear and a superb attention to details. Moreover, he's a fantastic and versatile producer too: from pop to rock, he can nail any sound. Cool guy too, always present and an honest communicator. Definitely recommended!
Julian is a brilliant engineer, his technical skills are second to none and he also has the musical knowledge and intuition to go with it. He has communicated with us consistently about our projects and we are very happy with the end results. We have returned to him to mix further tracks and would recommend him without hesitation.
Julian is a great engineer - both technically and musically.
We really trust him to bring out the best in our music.
Julián is a great sound engineer and person. I've worked with him several times and i can only say that he did a really good job
I've sent at least a dozen mixes to Julian and he smashes it every time. He has an incredible ear and consistently takes productions to the highest level. If you want your work to sound professional and radio-ready he's your guy. Fantastic engineer and producer as well. I'd give him 10 stars if I could.
Julian is a brilliantly talented musician and I wholeheartedly recommend working with him. He has great energy and listens closely. He worked rigorously on a mix for me with notes back and forth until we arrived at a place that I’m very happy with.
Julian just finished a my first mix and master. He was a real pro who understood the artistic vision but also offered valuable ideas and went above and beyond to make sure the end product was to the highest standard. Great attitude and clear passion for the work too. Would highly recommend!
Julian is an incredibly talented mixer who recently worked on my new single 'Ode To My Generation'. His work on vocal and string mixing in this particular track was outstanding, and the sounds he created brought 'OTMG' to life. I look forward to working with Julian in the very near future.
Julian is a very talented and inpired producer and sound engineer.
I have been working with him during the last 4 years in a number of projects including classical music to pop and rock and he did not only meet the expectations but incorporated very high value ideas.
I was always impressed with his capacity to get quick ideas and transformed them into music, creating and incorporated sounds and structures into the pieces.
I strongly recommend to work with him
If you need engagement, professional results and unlimited enthusiasm for your project, Julian is the one. I’ve worked with him in a few different projects and he always does the best for the song in a very comfortable and personal way. He always has a vision on where to take the music and the sound is top quality. Highly recommended!!
I have the pleasure to have worked with Julian for many years. I can say he is the kind of person that you will always aim to have around in your project. Deep technical knowledge, professional, patient and persevering to hit the key to get your sound to the next gen.
Julian is incredibly talented and has a unique ear for taking tracks to the next level. If you are looking for a professional, radio-ready mix and master of your work, look no further than Julian. He embodies a rare quality I have not come across in other sound engineers so far, which makes him to able to take a track that might be just shy of professional and turn it into something magic. I continue to refer to him for my music, and I continue to be impressed by the quality, and attention to detail. Additionally he is great at communication and deadlines. Definitely recommend!
Julian is an excellent producer and mixing engineer. I had the opportunity to work directly with him on multiple projects and he is very accurate and strives to deliver excellence. Strongly recommend for his professional attitude, vocal production techniques and guitar skills.
Julian is definitely very passionate for music and he takes every project very seriously and you will notice that from the very start of a project until it's finished! He is very professional, and he make your song sound exactly how you want it to! He can be fast, he has good communication skills and you will be glad you chose him!
Despite been a friend with Julian for a long time, I've been working with him as an artist and collaborator for many years now and I've always been impressed with the results. He recently mixed one of my tracks called "Oblique" and he really brought it to life. I highly recommend Julian!
Interview with Julian Blanco
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A few mixes and productions. All top secret until it's released!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A powerful computer loaded with a lot of VSTs and plugins, a good set of speakers, an analog synth, one electric guitar and one electric bass. That's it for me!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing in bands and after recording a few demos in the studio I got seduced by the process. I set up my own place and started learning on my own and eventually I moved to London to study it more diligently, did so for 2 years and then I started working on recording studios which lead me to where I am today. So all in all I've been at it for 10 years now
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any of the ones that inspire me would be amazing
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm genre fluid, so I work with all kinds of music and I'm happy to do so, but the most common it's Pop
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rick Rubin, John Hopkins, Rosalia, Hans Zimmer, Moderat, Daniel Bergstrand, Periphery, Tesseract and Gesaffelstein
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from a treated room in North London where I have all my instruments, synths, microphones etc... I'm really comfortable and I know the room very well. I also work from top of the art studio facilities in Central London when I need to.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I got to mix Grace Grundy's track 'Fresh Eyes' from her album 'Grace' which has 15 million streams on Spotify as of now. That was cool!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! For me it's more of a workflow thing rather than just about how it sounds.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Having the chance of making music every day.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure that what you have is ready to be handled to somebody else, whatever state it is on. Also, it's good to know where you want to get to with your material so the person that takes it on knows what the goal is, even if it's a simple one
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Energetic and fresh. 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: What's your typical work process?
A: A chat with the artist first, what do you want to accomplish and what it is in your mind regarding your material. Then I usually spent a few hours setting up and getting familiar with the song/session, and then I just start! On a production I usually tend to start jamming on it with one of the instruments I play even if it doesn't end up in the final version. On a mix I tend to gravitate to where the hook is and then go from there!
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
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Bringing a song to it's maximum potential, regardless of the genre.
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'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: 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 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: 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: 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!