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Interview with Gerry Yen
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I often record and mix for my clients in my own studio. I also provide live sound mixing, sound system consultants and installation services.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My studio influence is mostly from Bruce Swedien, Al Schmitt, Manny Marroquin, Tony Maserati, Chris Lord-Alge, JJP, and Joe Chiccarelli, etc... My music influence is from Mark Knopfler,John Mayer, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Lee Ritenour, Santana, etc...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My DAW is ProTools and I use API summing mixer. My main monitors are Genelec 1037s and NS10s.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My main focus is to elevate and enhance what I get from the clients. Always try my best bringing life to a song and make it to fit in with client's visions.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Gospel
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Mark Knopfler, I always like to track the live band and he is my hero!!!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is Always server the music first, I will always do whatever it takes to make better music possible.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as an assistant engineer since 2003 and I started my own studio on 2006. I have been engineering in studio and live for 16 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1.sm57 2.neve 1073 3.1176 4.Genelec1037 5.U47
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make your vision and requests as clear as possible so that I can achieve a customer's demands in very short time.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I am a magician, I can turn every vocalist into Celine Dion.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I can paint the song with my creativity as a painter in the mixing world
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. I would listen to the rough or reference first, trying to figure out what my client's vision is. 2. Make notes about what i have noticed and got inspired by the music. 3. Make my PT session organized with my own template. 4.Do my best bring the song to a new level and suit the vision from clients.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: ALWAYS commit at the point of recording and have clear picture of the music as soon as possible. Then share it and discuss with your engineer.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Not so much at this point.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you put some magic on my projects for there are too many flaws? My answer would be like: Good mix comes from good recording, good arrangement, and good performance. At mixing stage, I will definitely do my best making it appealing and competitive .
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will definitely mix the shit out of what my clients demand.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. They both have their supporters and reasons and i agree with them all. Whatever serves the music, i use it. Quote from Bruce Swedien : ¨Music First"
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Gregory Germain.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At this point, I'm mixing tracks from the finest drummer in Taiwan.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Few years ago, I was involved in a movie sound track, which consists of strings, drums, and vocalist recording. And I recorded and mixed that track without equalizer just like my honorable mentor Al Schmitt always does.