Aleksi has over a decade of professional experience as a drummer, mixer, and producer. The artists he's worked with have accumulated millions of streams. He graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music's Music Production and Engineering program and started his career as a General Assistant at the legendary Electric Lady Studios.
Aleksi has always been surrounded by music since an early age. His mother was conducting a choir when he was still in the womb, and his brother would practice upright bass all day before joining one of Paris’ finest orchestras.
After a few years playing drums over Rock records, he finally started to take serious lessons at the Conservatory of Noisiel were he studied classical percussion, jazz drumset, piano, voice, arranging, and composition for 10 years. After graduating from high school, he studied for a year at the Music Academy International of Nancy with some of the best drum teachers in the country, finishing as the valedictorian of his class.
Back in the Parisian suburbs, he graduated with honors from his conservatory and started teaching drums while playing shows every week. After receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Aleksi moved to the US to study Music Production and Engineering, exploring new horizons such as Hip-Hop or Electronic Music, forging friendships with some of the most talented musicians in the world.
He then moved to NYC and started his career as a General Assistant at Electric Lady Studios. He currently works as a drummer, mixing engineer, producer, and assistant engineer for a wide range of artists and studios including Alex Epton, Jerry Barnes, Germano Studios, Boyish, Carol, and many indie artists all over the world.
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6 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Aleksi Godard
Damn what can I say... Aleksi is an absolute pro and I'm so glad I decided to work with him. I had a fairly bare arrangement and a couple of vocal layers, but somehow he was able to create this huge space and gave attention to every little detail. His work process is very organized, and gives detailed instructions to get everything started. I highly recommend Aleksi for your next project. I'm definitely looking forward to working with him again.
I had 9 songs mixed, mastered and produced by Aleksi with 3 of them also adding drums/percussion recorded live by Aleksi. Aleksi is great to work with and brings a creative ear to the project. He communicates in a timely manner and is a wonderful collaborator. He helped make my songs sound like I imagined them to sound even when I did not have the right words to describe what I wanted. I highly recommend Aleksi and would gladly work with him again!
Aleksi is an excellent mixer who has a very fast turnaround - Always communicative and really good at taking creative notes to fit the sound to the artist's direction. He has all the tools to deliver solid and powerful mix that anyone would be happy with. I highly recommend him - you'll come out with an amazing song!
I had the pleasure to work with Aleksi multiple times, as a Drummer and as an Engineer. He is professional, reliable, talented and very attentive to details. He makes the environment enjoyable so that creativity is never stopped. I would recommend him to anybody in need of an engineer or drummer. 100%
I have worked with Aleksi respectively as a recording engineer, producer, drummer and mixing engineer. Each time we have worked together he has been truly professional and easy to work with. He has a great ear and is well invested in the vision of the artist, whilst also bringing a fresh perspective. As a mixing engineer he is thorough and artistic, and I have always loved the final product. I highly recommend hiring Aleksi for whatever you need!
Aleksi is an incredible producer and mixer, with an amazing ear for framing the music and sounds around the heart of the lyrics. He and I have worked on many songs together, sometimes where we produced together, and sometimes when I gave him full reign of the creative production and mixing, and I have loved how each combination has turned out. I would highly highly recommend him as your choice for producer/ mixer/ drummer/ friend!!
Interview with Aleksi Godard
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I really wanna see how Björk crafts a song!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Working too long will hurt your productions so you should be taking notes and following them to move quickly. You will never lose sense of the bigger picture if you keep your notes and you will actually save a lot of time.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: On any given day, you might find me listening to Ariana Grande, Meshuggah and Bill Evans. As a mix engineer, producer and drummer I have worked with metal bands, folk singer-songwriters, jazz big bands, symphony orchestras and electronic musicians. That being said, in the recent years, I've found myself working more and more with indie musicians.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think listening is my strongest skill. As an engineer, I find that the least I participate, the better the outcome will be. This is especially true in a recording context. Too many producers try to force their styles and ideas on their clients instead of just listening and doing what needs to be done.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: First of all, I bring a different perspective. I find that the more time you spent writing and producing a song, the least perspective you have. You finally reach a point where you don't know what you are doing and this is where I come into play. I will enhance the strengths of your song while minimizing the weaknesses, add more character to your vocals, get more punch out of your drums.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most people reach out to me for my mixing services. I am the last guard before my client's creation reaches the world and my only goal is to make sure the song has the impact desired. Additionally, I play drums in several bands and am often requested as a session musician.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a big fan of Tom Elmhirst. The amount of bass and warmth he's able to put into a mix is incredible. He's got this huge, dramatic sound especially working with bands such as The Kills. I also love Ken Andrews (and his band Failure) for his creative sound design.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The first step is to listen to my clients and to the references they provide. I will first take lengthy notes on the rough mix which will help me work efficiently. Then I will make sure to communicate with my clients throughout the whole process and doing revisions as needed until the song is perfect!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I learned by experimenting with a little bedroom setup when I was a teenager, started recording and mixing local bands that I played drums in. Went to school so I could expand my knowledge and started doing it more and more professionally.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An sm57, a UA interface, a laptop, a decent pair of speakers and a decent pair of headphones
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure to send me plenty of commercial references and a rough mix so we both go into the same direction!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mixing can be quite a mysterious process, most people don't understand than it can take 15 hours to achieve a great mix.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Taking somebody's idea to the next level!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do everything I can to make my clients happy with the final product.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mostly digital, for the simplicity of "recalls" and consistency but I'm never against a little bit of analog processing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Assisting and engineering for different producers, freelance mixing, teaching and playing shows around New York City.