Engineer at The Friary Studios working side by side some of the top producers/engineers in the UK. I have the skills and facilities to mix your track to an industry level and deliver outstanding quality.
In addition to my freelance recording, mixing & music production work, I am occupying an engineer position at the new state of the art residential studios called - The Friary Studios. I am also working as an active drummer for the London rock-band By Starlight and as blogger for Musixon Magazine, where I review gear and write tutorials.
I have professional qualifications in the field of popular music performance and music technology including a BMus Degree from The British Institute Of Modern Music (BIMM London), as well as a BTEC Diploma from Tech Music School London.
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Interview with Ivo Sotirov
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The most successful project I worked on is Sam Fender's single - "Leaves Fast", which became BBC Radio One Track Of The Week. I was the assistant mix engineer on that track and was working side by side Barny Barnicott (eng. Arctic Monkeys). The project I'm most proud of is the upcoming album for my own band - By Starlight. This has been an incredibly long process with zero funding. I've overseen and done every single stage from recording almost every song in a different location to mixing and producing all by myself. During this journey the songs and me as a producer have grown massively.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently producing an album for By Starlight, recording an album for Deacon and am involved in a number of different projects at The Friary Studios with some incredible sessions coming up.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My job lets me capture, process and express emotions in the form of sound. Music is the universal language of the planet and through captured music a listener can emotionally understand and have a conversation with someone on the other side of the globe. Making this connection possible is an incredible feeling!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A bit of both. Working with analog gear has many advantages that add warmth and depth to the sound, but I believe technology should be embraced, not rejected. The digital can sometimes provide flexibility and enable incredibly complex processing chains.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the intention of the track and the underling message? What are your references and where do you get inspired from?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Spend some time studying the person you want to hire. Make sure you have a good match and the provider understands your needs and musical intention. The most experienced or qualified engineer with the most expensive equipment doesn't necessarily mean the best person for YOUR music. No matter how over-qualified the person is, if he doesn't understand your music he will not deliver your message through the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Cinematic
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I would typically get a quick and ruff mix of the song and spend some time listening to the track and getting to know it. I would try to envision the intention of the artist and understand how would his message be delivered through the mix. I would think about the relation between all the different instruments and would determine which of them should stand out. After this assessment I would clean out the ruff mix and would start editing, organizing and preparing the tracks for mixing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is mixing, but I also provide recording services as well as music production.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in state of the art residential studios designed by Barny Barnicott (rec/mix eng. The Arctic Monkeys). We facilitate some of highest quality equipment including the 48-channel SSL G-series console that was used on countless records in Olympic Studios (80s-90s) including The Rolling Stones and Prince. Our monitoring system is comprised of the custom Munro M4 monitor system that was previously used in The Red Room of Miloco (Chemical Brothers, Lana Del Rey, Portishead), as well as a pair of Yamaha NS10s & Dynaudio BM15As.