Creating Modern Heavy Rock Mixes that Hit Hard.
Punchy Drums and Crisp Vocals are the two things that draw every listener's attention and keep them connected to your song. Why? Because Drums carry the Groove and Vocals carry the Message of your Song. Every other element works together with these guys, not against them. This is what separates a good sounding demo from a professional sounding song.
Hello guys, I'm Angelo Kane and I wanna help you make your songs sound the way they deserve. I've been passionate about music almost 20 years, and I have participated in the music creation process as a guitarist, vocalist and lyricist, in various projects. I know how beautiful and, at the same time, how hard it is to produce a song, from composing, re-writing, to recording. Everything must fall in place. That's where I come in. Your song is the most important part here and I will make it hit hard.
Check out these full band covers I have mixed:
And mixing vocals only inside a track, without making them sound like karaoke:
More samples are gonna be uploaded.
If you like what I can do shoot me an email, to start making things happen!
Keep on Rocking Guys, the world needs your killer songs \m/
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Interview with Angelo Kane
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A youtube cover of Ark's "just a little", for the Modern Singing Method channel, because the original drummer, Mr Johnn Macaluso, was playing drums and it was very different from the "sound" that I usually go for. I had to do some things differently, overcome issues and that helped me to really put my engineering knowledge in action. Hopefully, everyone loved the final result, and I got a huge compliment from a world reckoned drummer about my work.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Youtube collaborations and a heavy rock record, which I don't know how it's gonna be called, yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Well, we are talking about two different kinds of beasts here. Sure digital made life easier, but every plugin out there is trying to emulate the analog sound. That must stand for something. I'd say digital, because I can't afford analog, hehe!!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You're not leaving until you get a hard hitting mix back!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The chance that i get to help artists fulfill their visions about their music, and be proud of their song when they listen back to it going: "Hell yeah, that's me playing there"
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: " Why is the snare so loud, can you turn it down a little ? " To which I send their mix back with the snare 20 db down and go: " How's that now ? " Hehee
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The "fix it in the mix" mentality. I mean, editing takes place prior to mixing, to tighten up performances, but if, for instance, a singer doesn't sing it like he means it, there are no magic pills. We mixers can get around poor sounding recordings, but we can't make something feel right if it's wrong.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them about their influences, bands that they look up to. Also, having a rough mix of their song helps, because there might be things in there that they wanna keep in the final mix. Of course, if they have recorded DI tracks, it's wise to send them, too. I, also, ask them about the tempo, and if they agree with the terms of our agreement before moving on.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been mixing insanely for the last 5 years , but I' ve been a musician for almost 20 . My experience as a guitar player, vocalist and lyricist helped me gain a spherical understanding of what makes a song sound great and why.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: To the point I am now, I don't think I 'm entitled to work with any known artists, hahaa. Right now, I want to work with bands and artists, that write great songs and are starting out their careers, giving them mixes that sound close to the sound of the Pros, without breaking the bank!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Nothing beats a killer performance, not even a 100$ microphone. A lot of people say " Oh, i need to spend 1000$ on a microphone to sound good". NO . I mean, it's all about the performance. If you can't record in a professional studio and decide to go rogue, make sure you nail your tracks with what you have. People don't care about expensive microphones, compressors and eq's. They want to connect with you through your songs. The only way to do it, is to offer them your best takes.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing Drums and Vocals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I make the song hit. When you listen to it, you hear everything working together, and the lead guys get the spot they deserve. I use a lot of automation to create moments. I always listen to the lyrics, so I know what the song is about, connect with it and make sure the rest of the music serves it's purpose getting the message out. Keep in mind, though, a song has to be already killer, composition wise. No listener (or label) cares about a great mix, if the song is boring.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mainly I do mixing and I also get hired to write lyrics.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: George Margaritopoulos. I'm putting my hand in the fire for this guy! Killer vocalist, killer vocal coach, killer producer.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you are to pay money for a mix, make sure you've played your ass off, otherwise it's a waste of hard earned money. Mixing is not a place to fix bad performances. What you bring in, you get out. Only, it's polished. You get what i'm saying. It's better to wait and save money, until you are ready for this.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My PC, my RME, and my earbuds. There you have it. Not even 5, haha.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Modern and Punchy.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Modern Heavy Rock, Heavy Metal and some Singer-Songwriter. I have done some Pop-Country, as well, and an EDM song!!!!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I get the song, I prepare it for mixing. That means setting my template up, parking the tracks in the order I 'm used to, and listen to the drums to see if I can get to sound I want with the live kit, or if I 'm gonna replace it. I always use drum samples, but I make sure that drums don't sound fake. Then I go in and mix it ! Tracks are always "ready to mix", meaning cleaned, time edited, vocals tuned and consolidated.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I keep my overhead low. I'm on a pc, have a pair of JBL's and an RME audio interface. Mostly, my focus was on treating my studio acoustically, so I can hear the way I should.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My biggest influence is Chris Lord Alge. I really like how he makes everything sound big and get their spot in the mix. I've also learned a lot about how he uses automation, so that when you play the song back, it lives and breathes.