I am a mix engineer that specializes in Death Metal/Deathcore. I have placed in the polls on URM academy's Nail The Mix program and won 2nd place for my mix of Attila's song "Three 6."
Hi! I'm Nick, a mix engineer who specializes in extreme metal, more specifically Death Metal and Deathcore. You can hear some portfolio pieces on my website or in the more samples section of my page here.
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Interview with Kapkan Audio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am a mixing engineer first and foremost. I am able to master audio as well, but that is not something I do as often.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jesse Kirkbride, Will Putney, Taylor Larson
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's nothing much, Just a pair of AKG K701 headphones and a rather powerful ASUS ROG laptop. But I'll be damned if I can't get a professional sounding product using that.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually throw the tracks in my basic Reaper template and just go. 3-4 hours later, the mix is done, and I usually let it sit for a day. Then, I listen to it when my ears aren't fried and make any changes before sending it out to the client for revisions.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can make an aggressive song sound huge without compromising the punch of the drums or overall mix clarity.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a knack for making massive yet clear walls of sound.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work with metal and hard rock, but I really shine on deathcore and death metal productions.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always try to craft sounds in context. Your guitars might sound great in solo, but if they don't sound huge in the mix then who cares?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Thy Art is Murder. They have a nice balance between fast, more death metal influenced parts and groovy deathcore ones. Having to craft sounds that are weighty and powerful but still have the clarity for fast death metal-inspired riffing would be one hell of a challenge.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Energetic and aggressive yet still polished. Like a beautiful photo of a bar fight.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I haven't been doing this very long, only about three years, but I don't think you'd get impression that from my portfolio. I started out mixing my own songs, then downloaded tracks off the internet to mix, and eventually decided I wanted to do this professionally.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd only need 2: my headphones and laptop. I work entirely in the box, so I can mix just about anywhere.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure your tracks are recorded with the kind of energy you want in the final mix. Want your song to sound aggressive? Play aggressive! Also, If you don't have access to a good sounding kit or room, I'm more than happy to work with programmed drums. Natural drums are great, but I'll take superior drummer over bad sounding natural drums any day of the week.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What songs do you want your song to sound like mix-wise? It's a massive help for me to have a reference to base my mix off of, that way we don't waste time figuring out what you want from your mix.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mixing is something that's very easy to do mediocre, but very hard to do well.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to make music sound great.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do everything in my power to make your music come to life.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: While I love the sound of analog, digital is just far more flexible. I'm able to work very fast in the box, something I don't think I would be able to do in the analog realm.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not personally, no. I do think Audiosphere Recordings had some cool sounding mixes, though.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Finishing up my mix on Aborted's song "Vespertine Decay" for Nail The Mix.