What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been a sound engineer for 20 years. I studied in Belgium at IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion). After that, I worked on a lot of productions in Belgium and France. I am currently technical director at « Sphere Studio » and I have launched my website to offer mixing and mastering services online in Lisbon.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was musician and I produced and took care of the mixing and post-mastering on the "Pascal Escoyez" project. A wonderful project with great musicians !
What are you working on at the moment?
For the time being, I produce the new Wendy Nazaré’s album and I make a lot of mixes and masterings for various artists.
Analog or digital and why?
I like to use both worlds. Analog because I like the « organic » sound that can be achieved and digital for ease of return at all times on a mix and mastering.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I always give the best of myself to achieve the targeted goal.
What do you like most about your job?
Discover new artists.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long will it take to do the job… The time required ;-)
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Musicians who think that mastering can save a poor mix ;-)
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are your mix and your artistic points of reference ?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Thermionic Phoenix Mastering Plus, TC M6000, Protools, Brauner VM1, My ears.
How would you describe your style?
Sensitive and artistic.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Stromae because he’s from Belgium and he has a strong artistic personality. (www.stromae.net)
Can you share one music production tip?
Before the recording, it is important to make good artistic choices and be sure to have good musicians with good instruments.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Folk, Rock, Country, Singer-Songwriter, World.
What's your strongest skill?
I am also a musician, hence beyond the technical aspects I also focus on the artistic and emotional side.
What do you bring to a song?
My goal is to achieve the technical and artistic results the client is expecting.
What's your typical work process?
I first listen to the song and how it sounds, rough, without making any changes … just to get an idea of the atmosphere and hear/feel what comes out of the song.
Depending on the style I work first on the voice / drum / bass. If necessary I tune the vocal and look if everything is in place.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Protools 10, SSL summing, Distressor, Phoenix Mastering Plus, Bax Eq, Antelope converter, Adam, Focal, many plug-in.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Bruno Mars, Pink, Maroon 5, James Bay, Stromae, and many others …
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Production, Mixing, Mastering