Brooklyn-based producer, bassist and audio engineer with 25+ years of experience in music production, ranging from Soul / R'n'B, Rock / Alternative, Indie, Metal to Jazz and Classical.
Johannes Felscher is a Brooklyn-based bassist, composer and producer at home in many directions in music. Being an imaginative performer on upright and electric bass alike, Johannes Felscher enjoys expressing his wide interest in everything music and his natural feel for groove and harmony regardless of genre.
Feeling equally at home in the studio as on stage, Johannes maintains a busy schedule producing and recording for a wide scope of artists and renowned institutions.
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Interview with Johannes Felscher
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The Painter by Tobias Meinhart. An NYC-based saxophonist with great music, an all-star band. I was lucky to produce, record, mix and master the record. We tracked at legendary Sear Sound (Studio A) and I am very proud of how the record turned out.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A full-length album with a well-known producer and pianist from Singapore. Two singles out as of now, album release on Feb 17, 2023. Also some Jazz and opera productions for Juilliard School in NYC.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Decidedly both. Digital because it makes all the sense for convenience, recall / revision, consistency, analog because it's more sensual and things fall into place much faster. Also who doesn't like warm, glowing things?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will be 100% invested in giving you the best I can, no phoning-it-in when working with me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I have been obsessed with music - performing, production, composing - since my childhood. There is nothing more meaningful for me than making a track come to life and start breathing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "What is your rate for XYZ" - "Tell me more about your project: style, how was it recorded / produced, how many tracks, deadline, indie vs. major label..."
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask all the questions you have, be upfront about what you are certain about as much as what you are uncertain about. We're in this together, it's always a group effort, a summit of aesthetic preferences. I'll take care of the technical details, so no need to worry about those!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Mac Studio with Pro Tools Neve 33609 Neumann KH310 LA-2A Neumann U67
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started off producing EDM / Techno / Psychedelic Trance at age 12, by age 16 I was in a Black Metal band and also recording bands at a local studio. Attended multiple world-class institutions such as Conservatory of Amsterdam and Manhattan School of Music, freelance musician and producer in NYC for over 12 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm aiming to join obsessive attention to detail with sonic attitude.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: D'Angelo - the GOAT
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Invest in your listening environment. It's like therapy for your ears, the more you are able to understand, the more deliberate your decisions will be.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A wide range of styles really. R'n'B, Alternative, Jazz, Classical
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Total identification with each project. Everybody likes to be done quickly, but if I sense it's not done yet I will keep working until it feels right.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The musical sensibility and technical knowledge of 25+ years of musical production and performance skills.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hybrid mixing and mastering setup in a tuned room. Outboard gear by API, Mäag Audio, Rupert Neve Designs, Wes Audio, Universal Audio and many more.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to list here - and too many different directions to put one before the other
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering across all kinds of genres, studio and location recording, audio-post production for video and broadcast. Also a wizard-level audio editing and RX.