Hi there! My name is Hara Kiri. I’m a mixing engineer, producer, and artist based in Brooklyn. I specialize in alt-pop, hip-hop, and techno/dance music. I’ve been lucky to work with top indie artists, including Caroline Polachek, Eartheater, and more. My impulse is to take your passion projects, professional or casual, and make them radio-ready.
I’m here to make your track pop! A competitive mix is a must-have in the world of Spotify playlists, and I can help your tracks fit right at home on your favorite streaming platforms. My philosophy is that a solid mix can take a good song and make it a great one. I can make your bass bump, drums hit, and vocals shine.
I can take your existing mix and bring it to industry standard loudness + glossiness. When I master I try to make sure your song will pop across every streaming platform + sound great when you bump it.
I can help take your production ideas and bring them to a more fleshed-out, complete state. It can be easier to start a track than to finish it, if you’re feeling stuck or unsure of where to take the song, or feel that it could use a bit of sprucing, that’s where I come in! I can energize your drums, create interesting vocal production, and add intrigue + depth to your tracks.
If you need some quick vocal comping/tuning, or even just cleaning up background noise or pops/clicks, I have top plugins for cleaning up your tracks + making them ready for mixing.
I take pride in executing work as quickly, professionally, and efficiently as possible, and I hope to make the process as smooth and effortless as I can. Contact me here and I'll get back to you ASAP with pricing/estimates.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
8 ReviewsEndorse Hara Kiri
Hara was incredibly responsive, efficient, and professional. She delivered exactly what I needed for my song and more -- all with a very easygoing and delightful manner. Super glad I reached out to her to mix a track!
Hara Kiri was very easy to work with. Good communication, fast response and delivers mixes in a timely manner. In my experience, Kiri listens to what you want but will also make decisions you didn't know you needed in the mix. Will work with again.
Kiri did a fantastic job; I barely needed to do anything on my end to get the record to sound amazing. Would recommend.
Hara is quick, skilled and efficient.
Kiri's the best! She has a unique ability to grasp the big picture and focus on production elements that really make a song work, as well as being able to narrow in on tiny sonic details, finding the things you didn't even know were there any making them shine. She's also a great communicator who can deliver results quickly.
Have worked with Kiri on a whole slew of (mostly) as-of-yet unreleased music over the years & can say it's a been a great experience. She's really focused when it comes to sound and is versatile in her abilities. I'm very finicky about the sonics of my music and tend to take a somewhat left-of-center approach to its construction, but she's always been able to hone my tracks to a pretty perfect architecture. Always grateful for our sessions and look forward to many more.
Kiri turn my home recorded demos into a professional sounding EP. She works fast but doesn’t miss important details, and was very receptive to notes! Her mixes kick ass! Would highly recommend. 10/10
Hara Kiri did an amazing job on my ep, she’s a really skilled mixer with a strong ability to get the most out of the material. She really paid attention to what I was looking for in my references and applied it to my music. Highly recommend for vocal based music but can do it all.
Interview with Hara Kiri
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm really proud of all the work I've done with Eartheater. I got to mix and engineer many beautiful albums of hers, as well as produce a track called "Solid Liquid Gas" on her album Trinity. I think the musicianship and songwriting is impeccable.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on my own collection of songs, and mixing various projects. I'm co-producing a SOPHIE-like album. I'm mixing a Prince-inspired EP, and an industrial techno record—so all over the map.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mr. Ho for production! He's supremely talented in the hip-hop/pop realm.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog for tracking, digital for mixing! Pay attention to how you're recording something, and dial it in as close to how you want it in the mix as possible, THEN mix. Andrew Scheps (mixer for Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé) has a whole spiel on "floating point" and how mixing in the box gives you a lot more headroom/leeway.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that we'll get your track sounding and feeling incredible, and we'll execute your vision.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working alongside creative people, and getting to be creative as my full time job. I am truly grateful to be doing what I do!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy! It takes years of practice to train your ears and know what to listen for while working.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are you listening to right now? What do you want to sound like? What playlists do you envision yourself on?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Hire someone who is working on music that is in your genre! Every mixer/producer has a style and a sound, so try to find the ones that really mesh with your personal vision. Also, try to make your stems/home recordings as clean/workable as possible!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Dynaudio M3A monitors, Telefunken ELA M 251, Elektron Analog 4, HEDDphones, Neve 1073 preamp.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been producing music since I was 16 years old, but took it more seriously when I went to NYU's Clive Davis Recorded Music program for my undergrad. I interned at a few recording studios, but spent most of my time at Strange Weather Brooklyn doing assistant engineering. I've been freelancing since 2017.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eclectic, varied, energetic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: FKA twigs—I love her melodic sensibility. Her ability to bring strength and vulnerability to one track is confounding.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Pay attention to your arrangements! Make sure nothing is overly dense in one frequency range—make sure everything has a sonic "home."
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, R&B, avant-pop, techno, some rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Getting clarity in a mix, adding variety to a production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a pop sensibility, whether I'm mixing or producing. I love solid drums/grooves and upfront vocals—but I also love anything 'avant-pop' or left-of-center pop—so I like to sprinkle in interesting textures/sounds as well.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the track, but typically I love to start with drums and vocals, since to me they're often the centerpieces / anchors for most songs. I like to make sure everything else is supporting those two things. Also, space and clarity is important to me for a mix! Similarly with production, I usually begin with the groove or play with vocal production.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hedd Type 07 Monitors and HEDDphones. Manley Reference Cardioid microphone, AKG 414 microphone, SM7B microphone, Fathead Ribbon microphones. API 512c preamps, Warm Audio WA-2A, massive synth collection, Eventide H9 pedal (often used during mixing for FX).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Arca, FKA twigs, Yaeji, Trent Reznor, Poppy, Rina Sawayama
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing work, additional production