Eric Westmaas

Mix Engineer

3 Reviews
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My approach to mixing could be summarized simply as: "Feel = Everything."

The process of working with an artist to best understand their vision for the emotional quality of their music is what I prefer to focus on most. Because when any of us put a pair of headphones on or crank up our speakers, we are pursuing some brand of emotional experience. This is what I strive to give the listener: the kind of emotionally engaging experience the artist is after. This is also why I place a strong emphasis on the discussion of creative direction before mixing begins.

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3 Reviews

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  1. Review by Andrew H

    Eric has a fantastic ear for mixing and a creative mind to help bring your project to life. He's a fun guy to work with, and can easily act as an unofficial member of your band. He really puts a lot of himself in his work, which in turn helps keep us as musicians on top of our game.

  2. Review by Tyler Ewing

    Can't say enough good things about Eric! He has a great set of ears and has a true talent for mixing. He's easy to work with and goes the extra mile to not only get it right, but to put a unique, musical stamp on everything he does.

  3. Review by James Lampe

    I highly recommend working with Eric on any mixing project, no matter the genre or style. I have worked with him on super heavy tracks, indie pop/rock and soft acoustic tunes. With each project he brings an artistic ear and a genuine enthusiasm. I have always received beyond positive responses from listeners after hearing tracks I have worked on with him. Also Eric rules- you'll have fun working with him.

Interview with Eric Westmaas

  1. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  2. A: I'm not happy until you are.

  3. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  4. A: There is a huge misconception I think for some that what mixers do is purely technical and can be achieved by particular plugin chains or "settings."

  5. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  6. A: Excitement and curiosity to find its heartbeat.

  7. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  8. A: What sort of feel are you going for with this song? Do you have any particular favorite artists/singles/albums I should reference for any mix aspects that you like? ...Oftentimes the goal here isn't necessarily to imitate any of these influences blatantly - but I've found it can be helpful for me to know what has been informing some of the artist's stylistic decisions throughout their writing and production process.

  9. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  10. A: Andy Wallace - Joe Barresi - Andrew Scheps - Tchad Blake - Steve Evetts - Ross Robinson - Trent Reznor

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: Bjork because it would blow my mind wide open.

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: Using mid-side EQ to focus the low-end information of an element in the center can often be quite useful...I've found this particularly useful with synths that need to be fairly "full-spectrum" and feel more powerful+commanding in a mix.

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: Art Rock, Indie, Punk and Experimental music: if I had to play the genre name-game.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: Communication with the client I am working for and willingness to do whatever it takes to get us to a result we are both extremely satisfied with.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: As I work on my initial balance I have a few questions often floating around in my mind: What is the emotion of this song? Where is its pulse? Where is my attention supposed to be drawn as I listen across it? Then intuition gradually takes hold as I set about "solving problems." Which of these I tend to focus on and for how long is largely determined via instinct...Then I eventually find myself having established a mix that sounds "like something" and is engaging to listen to from top to bottom. At that point I get the artist's ears on my work up to that point and we begin the collaborative process of revisions until we are both 100% happy with where the final result has landed :)

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Terms Of Service

- Unlimited Revisions (I will work until you are 100% satisfied with the result) - Typical Turn-around time within 30-days (schedule dependent) - Rush-service typically available

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  • taste & attention to detail - Barefoot Sound Footprint Monitors - UAD Apollo Quad - a slamming fast PC.
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