Hello, I'm Baptiste, I'm a record maker, engineer & musician. I love producing, recording, mixing, playing, writing and arranging music, and drinking coffee, obviously. Have a listen to my work at baptistesauvage.com !
I'd love to help you out with your music !
In my opinion, pre-production is the most important step, and that's why I prefer to work on a project from the very beginning, while you're still writing because I want to be as involved as you want me to be. I can work as an engineer (live tracking, overdubs recording, mixing), and as a producer to help you develop your songs, helping you out with ideas, arrangements, lyrics, you name it !
I learned & worked in the biggest pro studios and the smallest bedroom ones in Paris, and have been working as a freelancer for more than seven years, mainly in Europe. I like to travel and track wherever you want to, whether it's in a comfy pro studio, a cold basement or a vibey bedroom. Whatever we need to get that special something in the track.
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Interview with Baptiste Sauvage
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Well, I did a lot of tracking last month, so I'm now mixing these songs, as well as a few studio live sessions. I'm also doing pre-production on a couple of exciting EPs !
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you expect from me ? What were you listening to writing this record ? Is the click your friend ?
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've been moving around constantly for years now, so I mix pretty much anywhere on my laptop, with a DAC and good headphones. Recording wise, I'm lucky enough to work in awesome pro studios in Paris, and in people's houses everywhere else, which I enjoy just as much as "real" studios at the end of the day.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: PUP, Eels, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Jeff Rosenstock, Tigercub, dEUS, Pixies, Buena Vista Social Club, Foo Fighters; Fab Dupont, Steve Albini, Butch Vig, Andrew Scheps, Al Schmitt.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually work on a project from the pre-production phase to the final mix. I love to be able to shape the best song we can before we even hit record, then track great performances, capture the sounds we hear in our heads and mix the song so it's exactly how the client wants it. I don't do mastering. After spending that much time on a project, I want a fresh set of ears to come in and do the finishing touches. I sometimes also send the tracks to a different mixer as well, when I think I'm not the best fit for a project.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To go where they haven't been yet; I want the process to be an adventure so they can discover something about themselves and make a different record from what they've done before. Life is short, and I don't want to make the same record over and over again. "Stay experienced !"
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "How much time is it gonna take ?" and "how much is it gonna cost ?" are two big ones. And the answer to both is usually "more than what you planned".
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: As an engineer, probably my adaptability. As a producer, I hope my understanding, whether it'd be of the vision of the artist, of his recent troubles, or of the budget we're working with.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A couple of mics, let's say a Beyer M160 and a Neumann U67, a Neve stereo channel strip, an interface with great converters, a MacBook Pro.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with such talented artists on a daily basis.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Spend the time in pre-production. That's the only secret.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I enjoy listening to and working on quite a few different genres: alt rock, folk, jazz, punk rock, pop, cuban son... I'm basically into anything with real people playing their guts out.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My main priority is the emotion of the song. I focus on capturing incredible performances by incredible human beings. If you want some perfectly edited drums and pitch-corrected vocals, I'm not your guy.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Feel free to ask questions, about influences and workflow, what's possible and what's not. It can avoid a lot of misunderstanding and bad surprises after the fact. We need to be on the same page to make your music the best it can possibly be !
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, except for a few big names, but they don't need recommendations. Their tracks speak for themselves.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can do a lot but I'm no magician. If it doesn't sound great on the way in, it won't sound great on the way out. Period.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use hybrid setups all the time, best of both worlds, the sound and the flexibility.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for more than seven years now. I went to school, assisted in big studios and basically recorded everywhere I could since day one: empty houses, million-euro studios, garages, bedrooms, you name it...