15 years in producing music. Modern songwriters drive their productions very far, I'll take them "till the end"
Hi, my name is Andrea Saidu and I live in Tortona, a small city in Italy between Milan and Genoa with beautiful hills and good wine.
Nearly all of my clients are indipendent 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!
The writing process and the arrangment are the first parts of the mix, and I can help you with that, I look for peculiar sound giving every artist a personal palette that has to rappresent his or her project respecting the initial picture that every artist has, more or less, already in his or her mind. I like to keep dynamics alive, louder is not always better for me.
The personal relation between me and the artist is very important: we're making music, is something intimate, we don't need to be distracted by anything during the process; that's why I like to be very simple and clear with my clients about the economical side of the work, and Soundbetter help me a lot. That's, in my opinion, the only way to build healthy and durable working relations having nothing "in the way" when it's time to make music.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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7 ReviewsEndorse Andrea Saidu
I recorded a lot of backing vocals in his studio. Professional, qualified and truly able to make you feel comfortable. Guaranteed success!
extraordinary professional, I recorded a couple of records from him and I was able to notice both his great technical skills, and his extreme good taste both in the sounds and in the solutions of the arrangements. Truly remarkable.
What’s an extraordinary experience! I play drums in a band called "Dreamwalkers" in my town Tortona (AL), then two weeks ago we decided to go to “ Balance Recording Studio “ and we changed the way to perceived sound.
Andrea helped us to play the instruments in the better way that I’ve ever seen and the better quality of sound that I’ve ever listened.
professional,efficient, custom made
I had the honor to work with Andrea in some of my projects and he was very professional. He's giving the highest attention to everything and the result si guarantee! It's always a pleasure to work with him
Andrea is a really good sound engineer. Every time I have worked with him I’ve always been satisfied. My drums’ sounds was fantastic. He’s a serious professionist.
I have worked many times with Andrea Saidu and I found him to be a top professional producer. He has an incredible ear for sound and music and is very accomodating to his clients. Apart from being a great engineer and mixer he can help songwriters with musical arrangements and he is very open to any and all ideas. I would endorse Andrea without hesitation and look forward to working with him again.
I recorded with Andrea the two debut singles for my "MOSTO" project. He is extremely professional and patient and knows how to add his vision and ideas to the songs, enhancing them. His great musical culture and his excellent instrumentation allow him to record any musical genre with him.
Interview with Andrea Saidu
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.
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: 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'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: 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 strongest skill?
A: Creative Mixing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie-pop, electro-acoustic songwriters, blues.
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: 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: How would you describe your style?
A: Old and clean with a curiosity for new and dirty sounds.
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: 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 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: 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'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 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 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's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To try hard and make good music together.
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: 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: 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: 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.