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Interview with Mistique Red Studios
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Puya’s latest album just recently released. My role was editing for this particular one, but, it was an honor to work with such a great band, and it was mixed by Zeuss, so, I can say I worked with Zeuss.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Several interesting project from various artists, ranging from Thrash metal, to Jazz, and yes, some from Ramon Ortiz.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I work in hybrid, but if I had to choose, then Analog. The warmth, punchiness, just can’t be beat.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise it will sound better than you envisioned it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Literally my biggest satisfaction is seeing my customer’s reaction when they first hear Their finished product. It’s so satisfying bringing their vision to life,
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How fast I finish their work? My answer is, as fast as you want me to, I work fast.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Probably that as a guitarist I focus more on guitars on my work. I do not, most of my focus is on drums and vocals.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision of your song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Analog is best.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: API 550A EQ, 1176 comp, API 312 Mic Pre, U87, SM57.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career started a very odd path, like most of us, I started recording myself at a young age, my parents had a 4 track recorder at home, and .i would mess around With that, it was fun, but I went on a different path and started my company, which I unfortunately had to close down after years of success, and I have been back to my passion of music, and production ever since 2008.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Powerful, punchy, aggressive, vintage.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I already work with Ramon Ortiz of “Puya” one of the best guitar players in the world. I’m not sure why I would Want to name anybody else. I’m very grateful to have that honor.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't press record unless it sounds right. Sure, a lot can be fixed these days, but, you’re still polishing up a turd.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock music, Metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocals, recording, editing and mixing vocals. I get a lot of praise for coaching the artist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I am a firm believer in getting it right coming into the DAW, never press record unless it sounds right. Editing I make sure everything is in phase, on time, and in tune. On mixing I love analog, so, I will reamp certain things through my outboard gear before I start mixing, then I mix hybrid.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It all starts with a few 1073, and API style mic pres, a few CAPI (API) style EQs, and 1176 comps, sent to my Apogee Ensemble, and for mixdown I work hybrid with analog gear and it all ends with Analog summing through the SSL.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Warren Huart, Eddie Van Halen, John Bonham
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording, Editing, Mixing.