With about 20 years of experience in composing, producing, mixing and mastering, and more than 20 years as a radio host and dj, I'm sure to meet your expectations. I'm the coolest producer you can work it and am 100% committed to bring the magic to your music. I have a strong experience in dance music, pop music, and rock.
I have the equipment to record instruments and vocals in the studio. I have a strong experience with recording and directing vocal recording sessions. A good take is always SUPER important. It's always better to do another good take than trying to fix a bad one.
If needed, I can help you with some additional work (instruments, keys, maybe extra recording, structure suggestion). The purpose will be always to make your music shine and stand out.
Mixing usually takes one whole day, something two. Ideally I like to do the mixing with you in the studio. This way, we can go through some creative work together and make sure you leave the studio satisfied.
Once the mixing is done, I NEVER do the mastering on the same day. I "sleep on it" couple of days. Sometimes I go back to the mixing session with a fresh ear to adjust a couple of things.
However, at the end of the mixing session, I'll provide you a rough idea of how the master will sound like.
I have done a lot of mastering for Sony, Universal, Barclays, big independent record labels and artists.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Laurent Schark
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your inspirations ? What's your vision ? Do you have any reference tracks you love ?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's mainly about mastering, and thinking that 1. It does miracles or 2. It's just pushing a limiter to win the loudness war.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Do you think people will like our music ?" - Nobody has the answer, but we're going to do our best to make it as strong as possible.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I discuss a lot with the client to understand his/her art before mixing and mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Daft Punk (My biggest inspiration, I sound a lot like them in my production)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 2 pairs or speakers (Yamaha and Adam), Focusrite ISA 828 patched to UAD Apollo sound card (total of 18 CPUs), TASCAM US2400 control surface, plenty of mics, master keyboard fully mapped to a Cubase 10 pro.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually do all the surgery and fixing as soon as I start the mix, then I do the creative work. A tiny coffee break every 2 hours to refresh the ears.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My very original approach to it. I've been working in radios for more than 20 and listen to more than 500 songs a week, to select just a few for my radio show. I have a good sense of what a hit record should sound like (I think ?). Most of all I have zero ego and am super open to organic approach to the music with the client in the studio.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My 20-year experience and my sensitiveness as I am a musician myself. I can easily understand the emotions in a specific song and the direction. Then, my mixing skills do the rest
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually rnb-soul, rock, electronic, house, ballads, dance, pop. I sometimes work on hip-hop project but I have to be honest, I know other engineers who are completely dedicated to this genre and betetr than me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try to select only the best parts in your music instead of layering too much. Also good instruments , drums and vocal takes are crucial. Take breaks ! Try to push your originality as far as you can. It ALWAYS pays off.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Marc Ronson. He's a genius and understands the concept of "less is more". He seems to be a super cool guy too ;)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is happy music for happy music. Most of all, emotions. Whatever the genre of music I'm working on, I always try to understand the "spirit", the vision, and always try to be emotionally involved in it to go as deep as possible in the creative process.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 25 years of djing 23 as a host and radio program producer (including a monthly show with more than 3 million listeners, broadcast on more than 40 radios simultaneously). Keyboard player since I learned how to walk. Music production and mixing for about 20 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook with a DAW, Adam A7X, Nektar Panorama P6 Keyboard, Neumann Mic, UAD Apollo.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to be as original as possible. Collaborate a lot. The success of an artist is always the success of a team. Trust your feelings.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Spending time with clients while we record, arrange, and mix a song. Seeing them happy when they live the studio. Being able to work with talented artists on difference projects. I'm super super grateful every day.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To be fully committed to they project. Also I don't do 99.99% of satisfaction. It's 100%.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The truth is right in the middle as long as you know how to use your gear.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Klaas, Daniel Duskin
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A lot of things. My own production, my band, my radio show, but thankfully I am extremely organised and work in a stress-free environment.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There're a few. My remixes for Afro Medusa, Oliver Nelson, and my unofficial remix of Daft Punk "Get Lucky". The biggest one, my single "One Of A Kind". The most advanced and personal production I've produced so far.