What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
8 years. Started in Moscow in the small studio with SSL AWS9000 and somehow came in US and found Cleartrack Studio that was offering advanced engineering course, after i took a course - chef engineer Mike Jhonson called me up to join a team.
What do you bring to a song?
Life and presence. Clarity and volume.
What's your typical work process?
Listen to a raw bounce of the mix and getting some details and trying to shape it up
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Timbaland. Dr. Dre, Danjahandz.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most common work i do is mixing and editing, sometimes adding new sounds in the song or even replace existing ones.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I think it was Consuelo Costin. Because it was complicated project to mix with 100 tracks in it and when i finally finished mixing and "mastering" client sent track to Ted Jensen to master the whole album - Consuelo liked my version of mastering better and Ted said some good words about that track too.
What are you working on at the moment?
Analog or digital and why?
Analog. A lot of articles answer why.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
No promises - no disappointments
What do you like most about your job?
Ability to be one on one with music.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Where are you from? - Russia
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People think that they can come and lay down 10 tracks in 2 hours and get them mixed in another 1. Thanks to "engineers" that do 1 hour mix and call it mix which i think just a raw demo.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Format of a session? Do you use any proccesing on your tracks?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen to the tracks.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
UA 1176, Pultec EQp-1, Neve 33609, Neve 1073, SSL 8000 G+
How would you describe your style?
My mixes will speak on my behalf.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd love to work with Timbaland because of the style of his beats and fat sound.
Can you share one music production tip?
I can't. It's a top secret.
What type of music do you usually work on?
What's your strongest skill?
Combining things that can't be combined together
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have my favourite SSL 8000 g+ conse, pultec eq's, universal audio compressors, good set of Neve 1073/1081 eq's/pre's. Api2500, Bricasti m7 and many other things.