Hi, I'm Baptiste ! I'm a record maker, engineer and musician. I love producing, recording, mixing, playing, composing, arranging, and drinking coffee. baptistesauvage.com
I'd love to help you out with your music !
I prefer to work on a project from the very beginning, while you're still composing, because I want to be as involved as you want me to be. I can work as a recording and mixing engineer, and I can work as a producer, helping you developing ideas, concept, arrangement...
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Interview with Baptiste Sauvage
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.
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 best friend ?
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'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: 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 a lot of time in pre-production. That's the only secret.
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 really cool EP for the new project of an old friend; I'm also doing pre-production on a couple of exciting records !
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I enjoy listening to and working on a lot of different genres: alt rock, folk, jazz, punk rock, pop, cuban son... I'm basically into anything with real people playing their guts out.
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: 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: 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: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've been moving around constantly for quite a while now, so I mix pretty much everywhere on my laptop and 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: 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 five 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...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dinosaur Pile-Up, Jeff Rosenstock, Eels, Tigercub, PUP, Triggerfinger, dEUS, Pixies, Buena Vista Social Club, Foo Fighters; Fab Dupont, Steve Albini, Butch Vig, Andrew Scheps, Al Schmitt.