As a life long musician myself, I'm very familiar with the struggle to get your project sounding the best it can possibly sound. It's my hope, to help artists achieve their sonic vision, so they can take the next step in their career. Whether it's consulting on the current state of a project, or diving in on a mix, I'm here to help.
I'm a producer and mix engineer, born and raised in Los Angeles CA. I've been writing and performing music professionally since the age of 10. I've toured nationally, playing with A Static Lullaby, Elevate: I AM and Alevela. In college I studied Recording Technology as well as Commercial Music. After school, I spent a few years assisting under John Hill (Phantogram, Wavves, Rihanna) and Matt Hyde (Deftones, No Doubt, Slayer). In 2014 I was hired as senior engineer & head of production for Punk Aristocrats (The Delta Riggs, CRX, Azhia). I'm currently back to freelancing, and only working on music that I truly enjoy. I work out of an incredible analog based studio called Sonora Recorders, where I'd love to pull up your record and give it some love!
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Interview with Matthew Faulkner
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Roll out the low end where you don't need it. You'd be surprised at how much sonic space is freed up when you EQ out pointless low frequency rumble on your track.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything that inspires me. I've been playing and creating music professionally for 20+ years. During that time, I've worked on a wide variety of projects. I'm careful to give each project special attention and stay away from standardized templates or settings. In the past, most of my projects have been rock, indie, electronic, disco, pop, hip hop & country.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sonic branding. I love discussing what the vision of a project is with each artist. Does it need to sound clean or dirty? In your face or spiraling off into the distance. Analog or digital? Having these sonic markers and limitations, allows us to hyper focus on the overall vision and your brand.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: If it's at the conceptual phase, I can assist with lyrics, melodies, arrangement, key & tempo to get the most out of the song. I'm a highly skilled tracking engineer, so I can help get the appropriate sonic soundscape for the artists vision. If it's a project that has already been recorded, I can add additional production, editing, mixing & mastering to help take your song to the next level.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start by talking to the artist about their vision for the project. Together, we'll lay out our plan of action and deadlines, then move on from there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of Sonora Recorders in Los Angeles. My room runs on PT HD10, racks filled with Class A outboard gear and is acoustically treated for sonic accuracy. The live room sounds great for tracking drums, guitars and bass (or anything loud.) The vocal booth is connected to the control room and has a window for easy communication during vocal production.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I listen to a wide variety of music. What captures me first is great songwriting. As for the technical side, I look up to anyone who's taking risks and and pushing sonic boundaries. I've had the honor of working alongside incredibly talented producers, mixers and musicians (John Hill, Matt Hyde, Laura Sisk to name a few) that have helped grow my skill set and continue to inspire me everyday.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work on everything from songwriting, tracking, vocal production to editing, mixing and mastering. Sometimes I'm involved in the whole vision of the project, from conception to finished master. Other times, I'm involved with just on aspect like tracking or mixing.