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Interview with Phil
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I closed down a college and production studio to build a NEW mixing suite and focus on my mixing career.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've studied/worked with Nick Blagona, Andy Wallace, CLA, Michael Brauer and JJP.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an amazing sounding room. I'm using an AWS 900 with their new powersupplies, Lots of outboard gear. I have Logic, Protools, Cubase and Nuendo. I transfer everything to NUENDO. Its layed out like a console and it has less phase issues. I'm using Focal SM9s, NS10s and Grado headphones for monitoring
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I need the lyrics. I learn the arrangement. I figure out where the energy is and go!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I really need to know everything about it before I start. I like to find out from the writer where things came from if at all possible.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: If a client asks for a revision, I will do it very fast. And still maintain there intention. This is the clients song, not mine.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Actually I've done just about everything within a month. Death Metal to country.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Spend 5 more minutes on the guitar tone, 5 more minutes getting your drums sounds, 5 more minutes...You get the idea
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jeff Lynne...look at his client list...
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Bass player for 6 years, Radio Producer, Educator, Studio Manager, Studio Owner, Mix Engineer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: AWS, Focal SM9, Retro 76, Chandler, Manley Pultec
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be available for Revisions. Don't tell me you'll get back to me in 3 days about a mix
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many tracks per song. Who's mastering. Can you be available within 4 hours for revisions.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Unless you make arrangements before hand I am not here to improve the performance of your tracks by tuning every vocal and lining up every hit etc. Thats the producers job.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The big thing for me is revisions. I'm running mostly outboard gear. I can't just do another project for a day while you wait for someone in the band to take a listen to the song. Its not fair to the other client and it takes a lot of time to reset all the eqs comps etc. I do some of my work in the box, but I find that (Mixing with computer) a slower process than outboard gear and as a result it slows down the "art" scrolling through tracks trying to find the BG vocal comp
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing my clients excited about the project they've spent a year on !
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I listen to what you are asking for.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog - IS faster, which keeps the artistic side of things moving for me Digital - great De Essers and more accurate fades. More flavours, just not as bold as analog.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Maor Appelbaum mastering
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A country project
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Seek Irony - Mixer. Great band, great songs