Musical Producer and Sound Engineer working for Solo Artists, Bands and for Musical Theatre for the past 20 years. Own MCSound Studios, a Studio facilitie for Record, Mix and Master purposes. Angola Music Awards - Best Producer 2015 (for the band "MVULA")
I'm a professional musician since 1996 (Guitar player) and working in studio as a Producer and Sound Engineer since 2000.
Since 2009 i'm working in my own studio for different bands and solo artists, from totally acoustic recordings to full electronic music.
Musical Director and Musical Producer for Musical Theatre since 2009.
I'm offering my services in:
Musical Production (Solo Artists and Bands)
Musical Arrangements (Pop, Soul, Rock, Acoustic, etc..)
Full Orchestra arrangements
Session Guitar Player (Acoustic Steel, Acoustic Nylon and Electric Guitar)
Working along with the best musicians in Portugal, making full albuns from scratch and Scoring, Directing and Recording for Musical Theatre.
Working with world class studio gear (Mics, Pre-amps, Converters, Analog Summing, Monitors, etc..) and the top-end Virtual Instrument Libraries for arrangements, in a Controlled studio environment here at MCSound Studios.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Miguel Camilo is one of the most talented hardworking guitar players and producers in Portugal. I’ve known his talent for years. Highly recommend.
I had the privilege of working with Miguel in studio as my producer, on stage as my guitarist and also as a sound engineer sometimes. He is super talented and versatile. It is not every day that he met such a producer ... he is a musician, instrumentalist and an exceptional producer with a long career and an experience to praise.
Interview with MIGUEL CAMILO
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have to say more than one. First of all i'm really proud of a record i made for the band MVULA (from Angola). it's a rock band that has a mix of rock and hip-hop blended in a very powerfull way. It is a band with non-professional musicians and the outcome was just amazing. I produced all the album with them, gave my input in almost everything i thought i could help them and the result was very good. I recieved an Award for Best Production in Angola Music Awards in 2015 for that recording. The other Rock band that i am really proud is "Her Name Was Fire", a vintage rock style duo with lot's of power and very good lyrics. I co-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered that CD. I'm also very proud of a record i made in 2007 for "Hugo Jerony" (Portuguese Solo Artist) with the album "Still in Time". It had 2 or 3 songs in number one for weeks in SoundClick. In this cd i am the song and lyrics writer, arranger, producer, mixer and mastering engineer. I think i'm proud of what i achieved so far but knowing that there is always space to improve.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm now working in a new play with premier schedule for this year (hopefully). Also working with some solo artists (rap and pop) with some songs coming out in the end of this year.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that i will always do the best i can at the time we are working together. I know there's no such thing as perfection but "good" is just not good enough for me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like the fact that i don't consider this my job. this is a way of living that includes this job. But i'm really lucky i can do all the things i really love doing. And when i finally (because it takes time) end a project it really feels that everything makes sense to me. It's something i can't really explain.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually, if we are talking about full productions, they ask me about my first process, what do i need to start (musically speaking) and how it will develop thru time.. but this is all so subjective. it depends on the type of songs, the type of vocals, timings, objectives for that specific song.. this really depends on so much factors that is difficult to give an objective answer. of course they also ask me about prices.. once more.. it depends on what the song(s) needs.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I have this feeling that people don't understand what i (we) do.. But the biggest misconception is that we can make miracles happen.. Sometimes we do but.. not always. So if i have a very bad song, i can try to make it better with a proper/better arrangement but the song is going to be bad anyway. If i have a bad recording to mix, i can do my best and try to fix all i can in the mix, but it will not be perfect.. If i have a bad mix to master.. well, it's better to mix it again!!! We can make things better in all stages of a production but we do not make miracles..
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my guitar, keyboard, my stereo ribbon microphone, my computer and a power generator (lol)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started professionally playing guitar in 1996. Playing in bars and events and soon i was playing with major artists on the road. My career in studio started in 2000, in a very small studio, making some demos and stuff. in 2002 i made my first oficial full record for a band from Finland (MerryC.) and after i finished the record i went on tour with them in Finland. After that i've made a lot of records (mostly full productions) for differente artists with differente genres. In 2009 i started to do some musical arrangements for theatre and became Musical Director, arranger and producer in 2013 for Politeama Theatre (the biggest Musical theatre company in Portugal). Nowadays i'm doing both theatre and artists/bands productions.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As a studio producer/arranger/Engineer... Pop, Rock, Funk, Soul, Country, Pop-Classical As a guitarrist... Country, Soul, Funk, Pop Flamenco..
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: So many.... i'm not a real fan of anyone, except Mark Knopfler. I just like music in general and i always find some music that suits a certain period of time for me. But about Mark Knopfler... simply because he is the reason i'm a musician...
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Soul, Funk, World Music, Electronic, Acoustic, Hip-hop and Musicals
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can say my strongest skill is versatility. Like i said before i've been very lucky to work with very different artists, bands and for musical theatre. I had times when i had to make an electronic arrangement in the morning, then i had to record totally acoustic instruments in the afternoon for a world music (Fado) record and having to continue my orchestral arrangements for theatre at night. So, in one day, 3 completely different mind sets to do all that. it's not easy, but now, with time, i've been gaining some more skills that help me doing that.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: First of all I always try to make any song feel good to me. I really have to enjoy what i'm doing so i can deliver something with confidence. I really like a lot of different genres (classical to metal.. it's true!!) but everytime i'm working in some project i tend to make it "my own" and do the best i can do to make it sound good to me. (maybe in the arrangement, maybe in the mix.. it depends..) but with this in mind i know that i'm giving something i'm really proud of and if i have that liberty i always give a little bit of my own taste and way of listening to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on what i'm doing. If it's full production i usually start with some demos for the artist to see what's the best path for his/her songs and go from there. If I'm mixing and mastering i usually start to listen to a "rough mix" before actual mixing files so i can send my input and see if something more is needed before mixing/mastering
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have my own studio - MCSound Studios, Located in Lisbon. It's a 4 room studio with 1 control room and 3 recording rooms with different sizes and acoustics. A lot of guitars and keyboards for the song-writing part and a lot of very good Mics and pre-amps for recording. Very good converters for tracking, summing and monitors control along with the best cables to connect all this with the best possible audio and digital signal. Mics: Microtech Geffel, Neumann, Schoeps, Sontronics, Sennheiser, Shure Pre-amps: Neve, Amek, Phoenix, Tube-tech, Api Converters: Apogee, Mytec, Crane Song Monitors: Genelec 1038, Genelec 1030 Gotham and vovox cables
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually do full records from song-writing to final Master, from acoustic songs to totally electronic music. Lately, i've been doing several work as a musical director and arranger for plays in musical theatre. I also do just mixing and mastering for other producers when needed. But usually people ask me to fully produce the songs.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes.. Dikk, a very good bass player and also sound engineer. I usually work with him for bass and also for other several production purposes. David@malwarestudios, a very good drummer with is own studio. Also Sound Engineer
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, I have a setup with a mix of both digital (with very good daws and plugins) and analog gear. I find, in this way, i can have all the benefits of digital editing, arrangements with vst libraries, automation, etc, that makes all my work faster, joined with all analog gear that makes all recordings and mixing sound better. with that i can achieve a more professional sound with less time spent searching for that specific sound. it's right there and i can mix thru it inside the daw. I'm really happy with this hybrid workflow.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: First, i try to understand what a song or songs mean to them. i try to have some context. Then i ask them for their references, so i can be able to deliver something that i know they will like. Then i ask about timings.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be ready to explain the most you can about your project. what are your perspectives and what type of sound you would really like to listen so we can be in sync all the way.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The song is really the most important thing. with this said, record the best you can, don't wait for the mix to sound good. It has to sound good when you record. Sound, tempo, feel.. it all comes from the recording. then, the mixing and mastering process will make it sound better, but the recording stage is the most critical one.. at least for me.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Well... Good music inspires me. I've been lucky enough, in all these years working in this area, to get all kinds of records to produce. From "Dona Rosa" (acoustic World Music) to "Her Name Was Fire" (Vintage Rock) to "Concealment" (Metal). So, i really would say that all genres, when properly done, inspires me.