Mike Stankiewicz

Mixing, Recording, Production

Mike Stankiewicz on SoundBetter

Nashville based recording engineer, mixer and producer. Kesha, Cole Swindell, Kacey Musgraves, Kieth Urban, Avicii. Chief Engineer - Nashville’s Legendary Sound Emporium Studios Please contact me to discuss a project and rates!

Engineer on Grammy nominated records
Chief Engineer - Sound Emporium Studios

Whether you need a project mixed, or recorded and produced from the ground up, I'm here to help!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

AllMusic verified credits for Mike Stankiewicz
  • Jesse Colin Young
  • Maren Morris
  • Randy Rogers
  • Randy Rogers Band
  • Willie Nelson
  • Cole Swindell
  • Cole Swindell
  • Willie Nelson
  • Dawn Landes
  • Willie Nelson
  • Shotgun Rider
  • Pop Evil
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Cole Swindell
  • Grant-Lee Phillips
  • Margo Price
  • Adam Mitchell
  • Walker Hayes
  • Cole Swindell
  • Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
  • Kesha
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Toby Keith
  • Nashville Cast
  • Sunny Sweeney
  • Darius Rucker
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Jamie Lidell
  • The Cadillac Three
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Cole Swindell
  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Cole Swindell
  • Greenleaf Cast
  • Greenleaf Cast
  • Chely Wright
  • The Infamous Stringdusters
  • Lang Lang
  • Keith Urban
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • Lake Street Dive
  • Willie Nelson
  • Nashville Cast
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Jacob Whitesides
  • Cole Swindell
  • Cole Swindell
  • Toby Keith
  • Don Henley
  • Anderson East
  • Della Mae
  • Merle Haggard
  • Willie Nelson
  • Lindi Ortega
  • Chris Isaak
  • Robben Ford
  • The Waterboys
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Blake Shelton
  • Jason Isbell
  • Love and Theft
  • Love and Theft
  • All Sons & Daughters
  • Willie Nelson
  • Dolly Parton
  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Elizabeth Chan
  • Cole Swindell
  • Doug Seegers
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Nashville Cast
  • Bobby Messano
  • Alabama
  • Blake Shelton
  • Blake Shelton
  • The Cathedrals
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Tenille Townes
  • Neal McCoy
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Tate Stevens
  • Nashville Cast
  • Willie Nelson
  • Sammy Kershaw
  • Blake Shelton
  • Blake Shelton
  • Cole Swindell
  • Bebe Buell
  • Cole Swindell
  • Cole Swindell
  • Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
  • Anderson East
  • Cole Swindell
  • Anderson East
  • Bobby Cool
  • Cole Swindell
  • Aaron & Amanda Crabb
  • Hadley Kennary
  • Cole Swindell
  • Cole Swindell
  • Colin Linden
  • Cole Swindell
  • Cole Swindell
  • Blake Shelton
  • Cole Swindell
  • Savannah Conley
  • Joshua Ketchmark
  • Cole Swindell

Interview with Mike Stankiewicz

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I engineered a track or two on Kesha's record "Rainbow." She's an incredible talent and I was thrilled just to be in the room!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Mixing a single for Chris Kroeze, a finalist on The Voice

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Sure! Darrell Thorp. That guy is insane good.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. One's not better than the other, just different. I'm experienced with both worlds- being a tracking engineer working with bands that play instruments live on the floor, and also a modern mixer where digital work flow allows us all to work and recall quickly and easily.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I'll care about the work I'm doing for you. I'll be 100% invested in your art.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I love that I get to do what I love. It's different every day which keeps things fresh. Also, you're never done learning. I like the thought that in 20 years I'll still be trying to get better at what I do and changing with the industry and technology.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Q: Does the snare need to come up a bit? A: Probably not.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Probably that everything needs to sound the same. We all need to try to be a little more unique. Goal for 2019.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What are your goals for the project? Budget? Most recent favorite records?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Have your ducks in a row! Make sure you're ready to roll. Be happy with the arrangements and have a session organized and ready for mix. While I'm happy to try a few arrangement changes during the mix process, if it gets out of hand it can really bring a project to its knees. Then it becomes really easy to lose perspective.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Ears (Is that one or two?) Cell phone (To call for help) Water (Hard to find on desert islands) Trail Mix (Also hard to find on desert islands) Emergency Flares

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I grew up playing drums and dabbling with guitar. Eventually I decided I wanted to have a career in the music industry, so after studying at Berklee College of Music, I moved to Nashville and began working at Sound Emporium Studios. After several years navigating the industry, I've been fortunate enough to work on Grammy nominated and winning records, and learn from some of the industry's greatest minds. I now focus on recording and mixing while calling Sound Emporium my home base.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Musical

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: John Mayer. Because he's John Mayer.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Don't lose track of the goal. Which in my book is to enhance the SONG. Tricks and gimmicks are cool, but it needs to be about the song, not the delay throws or guitar solos.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Country, pop, rock

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Mixing for the song and performance, not the world's greatest kick drum sound...

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Knowledge of modern pop radio mixes and productions as an engineer with a background as a musician.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I work hard to serve the music. What I do is fun and nerdy, but at the end of the day it has to be about the song and/or the singer. I pride myself on enhancing the performance of the artist or band.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Chief Engineer of Nashville's legendary Sound Emporium. Commercial recording studio with 2 large tracking rooms, and an overdub room. Neve VR48, 48 Channel API Legacy Plus. Personal Mixing Room- Protools Ultimate 2018, Mac Pro, Burl summing and converters, most all industry standard plugins.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Darrell Thorp, Justin Niebank, Dave Cobb, Dann Huff, Serben Ghenea

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Recording and Mixing

loading
play_arrowpause
skip_previous
skip_next

I was the Engineer and Mixer in this production

Terms Of Service

Turn-around Time: 2-3 days per song Revisions: 3 Revisions free, $40/Revision after that Mixing: average price per song- $400/song for files delivered as PTX sessions, $500/song for .WAV files

GenresSounds Like
  • Keith Urban
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Kesha
Gear Highlights
  • ProTools Ultimate
  • Burl Summing and converters
  • Rupert Neve MBP
  • Avid S3
  • Uad
  • Sound Toys
  • Waves
  • and more...
More Photos