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 ReviewsEndorse Eric Westmaas
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.
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.
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
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not happy until you are.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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."
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Excitement and curiosity to find its heartbeat.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andy Wallace - Joe Barresi - Andrew Scheps - Tchad Blake - Steve Evetts - Ross Robinson - Trent Reznor
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bjork because it would blow my mind wide open.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Art Rock, Indie, Punk and Experimental music: if I had to play the genre name-game.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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 :)