I'm funny & I'll make u sound real neat.
Let's be real - it's 2020, and any average Joe with a MacBook can "mix your band." It's not hard to find someone who can mix your music at a reasonable price and deliver professional quality. So why work with me?
The difference between myself and Jake from Statefarm is that I have a producer's mindset. I COULD take your multitracks, mix 'em up real good and spit it back to you in 4 hours and be done with it forever (and honestly if this is what you desire, I'd still be more than happy to deliver) - but what if the song has potential to be something you didn't recognize at first? Stronger? More powerful? More emotional? You name it. The point is, I love looking for the bigger picture. I can offer a fresh outside perspective on your art that can elevate it to the next level. I can squeeze every last drop of creative genius out of your body (like a big, fat lemon) so that when it's all said and done, you're left with something incredible, impactful & most importantly - better than you imagined in your own head. And also lemonade...cuz of the lemons.
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Interview with Sam Quatrini
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I love so many genres of music. Personally, you can always find some moment of blues, jazz, and groove in my music. Just a little touch to give you that stank face.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I made it through the first 30 seconds of Through The Fire And The Flames on Guitar Hero.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a big fan of fat, punchy, roomy drum sounds. Love the way the drums were mixed on The 1975's first album. I can be inspired by anything or anyone, doesn't matter if they're Stevie Ray Vaughan or a local Pittsburgh punk band.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Who cares. If it sounds good, it's good.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To be fun and make this process as enjoyable as possible. It's art, not a desk job.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I will mainly just want to get to know my clients as people first. I am always looking at the bigger picture, and if I am able to understand YOU as a person, I feel like I will be able to understand your passions and creative directions that much better.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It would be a dream to work with The Dangerous Summer.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use your ears, not your eyes. If it sounds good, it IS good.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I gravitate towards rock, but I am a lover of all kinds of music. I will work on anything if the song writer is passionate about their art.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Perspective is one of the most important things anyone can bring to a song. Having someone give a fresh perspective on something you've written can open up a world of possibilities that you may have never even considered.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Home studio, in-the-box. Hardware: 2011 iMac, 24GB of RAM. JBL 5" monitors 2 Saffire Pro40s running ADAT for 16 channel inputs Avid Eleven Rack Software: Logic Pro X Slate All Access Slate Trigger Slate THU Waves Mercury Amps/Cabs: 4x10 Fender Hot Rod Deville Vox AC30 Head MojoTone 2x12 Open Back (Greenback Heritage & Alnico Blue Speakers) Guitars: Fender Telecaster Fender Jazzmaster Fender Stratocaster Fender Sonoran Gibson Les Paul Special Spector Arc6 Basses: Squire Jazz Bass V Drums: Tama Superstar (20" Kick, 14" Snare, 12" Tom, 14" Floor Tom) Zildjian A Custom 20" Ride Zildjian A Custom 14" Hats
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm flexible and multi-faceted, but Mix/Master is probably the most common work I do.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Recently I planted grass in my yard and I was absolutely PSYCHED when that shit started sprouting.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend me. I'm better than everyone at everything.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to bring not only my own but other people's artistic visions to life.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: A lot of people ask me if I'm better than them. My answer is: yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Probably that people don't realize every vocalist in the history of modern music production has their vocals tuned to perfection and they don't actually have perfect pitch despite it sounding perfect on the radio.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you hire me, I'll make your wildest dreams come true.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone 2. BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone 3. BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone 4. BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone 5. BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been splitting time between a 9-5 and recording on the side for a few years now. But I've been recording, mixing and mastering for about 10 years.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Really depends on the artist and the genre, but it's pretty standard and usually goes something like this: pre-production > tracking > editing > mixing > mastering