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Interview with Mix by Mark
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your end goal for the song or album? How do you want the listener to feel after experiencing your music? It is paramount that the artist have a well defined and thought out direction for their music. We can defiantly work together in creating a sound individual to you but you have to have an idea where that should be.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been solely mixing and tracking vocals for about five years now. Prior to that I spent six years as a touring musician. Mostly playing guitar in post-hardcore/melodic-hardcore bands.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: On the day to day, I bring clients songs to life through surgical eq'ing and harmonic distortion. It's my taste in music and modern mixing techniques that repeatedly bring clients my direction.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you are looking for my style of work, that you agree with my tastes. Listen to my mixes and note the similar feel that they all inhibit. A bit dark and a little haunting. Those are the emotional qualities that I excel in bring out of an artist and their work. So, I tend to lean towards projects that give me that freedom.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jaycen Joshua's taste in low end is impeccable. I strive in every mix for my kicks and 808's to articulate as his do.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most often I like to work with Pop and Hip Hop songs since they allow for the most freedom to experiment with delay and reverb effects. Plus, no one seems to mind when you stutter a word or two.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Record vocals low. I can always turn a track up but I can't undo a volume clip.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill, I feel, is keeping a vocal sounding natural and present amidst a full production.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Mix a song. Let it sit for a day. Then detail it the next. Once a client tweaks and approves the mix I move on to mastering the track.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Every project that a mixer gets to work with is someones passion. I love that I get to so personally contribute to an artists' dream. "Its my work but, it's their lifes work." One comes to me with a stack of wav files and I get to bring their ideas into the real world. I give them back a sound that prior to, only lived in their imagination, and now gets to be experienced by everyone. That to me, is an amazing day at the office.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to let each track determine its own feel but in general I believe that all of my mixes have a slightly dark or haunting touch. 'Eerily beautiful' has been my favorite comment so far.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Steve Aoki.