I record and produce my own music. I know modern songwriters can drive their productions very far but not "till the finish line". I have the right skills and tools to give that final professional touch.
Hi, my name is Andrea Saidu and I live in Tortona, a small city between Milan, Genoa and Turin with beautiful hills and good wine.
I've been working as a sound engineer for over 15 years.
Mixing and mastering are the center of my work.
Nearly all of my clients are songwriters, I am a singer-songwriter too and I know that, what You need Me to do, is to understand your project and enance it!
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Interview with Andrea Saidu
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished to co-produce, record, mix and master a couple of songs by an artist called MOSTO, I loved the mix of natural and electronic elements that we chose, the flow was always very good in the studio, the guys also made a couple of great video to promote this project that also speaks a lot about my territory, and this is another element that I liked.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Full production of the first single of an italian songwriter, a couple of my own new songs and some blues live recording.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm pretty new here so I don't personally know anybody but I saw a variety of great professional on SoundBetter that I would certainly recommend to my clients.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I work in digital because nowadays is convenient and it sounds good, but I also know that the right mic and the right placement can make huge differences.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To try hard and make good music together.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Those moments when you find the right chord or melody or sound or balance in the mix for whom you look at the client and we both realize that this is it, a connection was made, I've done my job.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask me to understand their musical vision and to enhance it, I try to always be proposive but respectfull.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: From a poor recording or a performance not inspired it won't come a good production, without an open and detailed communication it won't come a good production, the economic side must be very clear from the beginning. Trust and clearance by both side is crucial because we're doing a very personal work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Even without technical terms, could you explain me your project? Could you send me some reference that inspire you? If you already have a pre-production, could you underline to me the sounds that are peculiar for you?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Music is something made by humans for other humans, it's a try to connect. Let's do this together. I'll try my best to understand your music vision and enhance it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A computer full of virtual instruments, an electroacoustic guitar, an UAD Apollo Twin, an Avantone CV12, a mic stand.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a live engineer and musician in early 2k then I approach the studio and the production in 2009, I also been working, as technician and music programmer (subject in witch I took a degree) for local radios. I have always been interested by song and musical performances and the sonically ways with whom they reach people.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Old and clean with a curiosity for new and dirty sounds.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would dream to work with Paolo Nutini because he has a feeling for mixing old and new sounds, rhythmic and melodic elements in a way that I feel very close to my musical sensibility. And first of all he writes great songs: without a great song we, as mixers and producers are nothing..
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There's no good mix without a good arrangement, and always carefully check the phase on multi-miced instruments.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie-pop, electro-acoustic songwriters, blues.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creative Mixing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to propose my own timbre made of a combination of natural/dry and electronic/effected sounds.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive raw tracks from artists or I record them and sometimes play on the productions I follow, then I mix and usually master them giving my co-production contribution according to the artist's need.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I got a medium size production rooms with all my instruments and tools easy accessible, ideal to write and record songs as modern songwriters do. Then I also have access to a small theater close to where I Iive, the perfect place for airy full band recording.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Police, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Jacquire King, Jamie Lidell, Paolo Nutini, Selah Sue, John Mayer, Pearl Jam.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix , master and co-produce indie-pop and blues songwriters.