EDM & Pop Specialist
Hi 👋 My name's Andrew, better known as Achilles 🙂 Let me tell you a bit about what I do...
I've produced / engineered / written songs that have gained millions of streams, been supported by huge names such as Tiësto, Morgan Page, MORTEN, Yves V, Dada Life, Andrew Rayel, Maurice West, Mark Sixma, MaRLo, Kryder & many more as well as labels like Spinnin', HEXAGON, Kontor, Soave, Reaching Altitude, Zero Cool & Teamwrk to name a few.
Classically & technically trained, I use modern techniques to give your music the sonic edge over the competition. 🎶
But great records go beyond technical ability. 🧐 They start as great songs, so I work closely with every client to help you achieve, not only great mixes & masters, but great productions too. 🙂
In summary, I help you to sound your absolute best. 👏
What I do:
- Mastering (including stem mastering)
- Vocal Production - Tuning, Timing, Mixing
- Tutoring / Mentorship
- DJ Promo Marketing Campaigns
- Social Media Marketing Campaigns
My studio is here in Melbourne 🇦🇺 A city with a rich musical culture.
If you have any questions please do get in touch and I'll be more than happy to answer them.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
34 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Achilles (Iliad Studios)
another great building block session.
Achilles is an absolute professional and will make you Sound Better!
Always a great session
Nothing but the best things to say about Achilles work and the way he goes about it.
Another great session.
Achilles was very prompt, professional and helpful. We really helped guide me through the whole process, including tweaking a few things in the mix to assist with his mastering. Great work!
5 Star human. Always delivers stellar work with concise communication and thoughtful strategy. Humbled and grateful to work with Achilles!
Another great result! Can't recommend Achilles enough.
as always, great session to help me continue to develop.
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GREAT client to work with. Clear communication, super friendly, and incredibly talented. Definitely want to work with Achilles in the near future again!
Every time I work with Achilles, I'm blown away by the degree of professionalism, initiative, and clear communication. Couldn't recommend him more.
Great follow up session. Looking forward to the next one.
Amazing as always
Achilles smashed it, as always. Was a pleasure working with him again!
My intro session with Achilles went as perfectly as it could. He's got a great combination of technical and creative skillset along with a vast knowledge of the industry. I'm looking forward to my upcoming sessions with him.
Achilles is super helpful, professional and great at what he does. Extremely happy with the result and appreciate the time he took to teach me about the process along the way.
Highly recommend his services and will be back.
Man, where do I start?
This guy is amazing. I was a bit apprehensive about the 15 hour time difference, but we made it work!
I like how he didn't mind doing multiple revisions, and he was very patient and REALLY understands music and directions.
He also taught me how I can be on my game as far as preparing my tracks for a mixdown.
I love how my song turned out and can't wait to share it with the world! This definitely will not be the last time I enlist Achilles to mix and master my work.
Achilles is a true professional. His attention to detail, clear communication, vision, and drive set him apart as a producer, songwriter, and DJ. Can't recommend him enough and would hands down work with Iliad Studios again.
Incredible to work with as always. You can feel his passion for his craft and also for sharing his knowledge. Feeling inspired, looking forward to the next meeting and project.
Achilles was absolutely amazing! Would 1000% recommend him to others, he was so patient and helpful and answered any questions I might have and I'd love to work with him again should the opportunity arise!
Andrew / Achilles is always a pleasure to work with. So professional and a thorough and patient teacher.
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Great producer and professional, straight forward. Had a great time recording vocals on his track, which sounds amazing. Definitely recommend and would love to work with him again.
As a music production mentor Andrew (Achilles) teaches the industry standard techniques and explains them in a straightforward, easy to understand way. Having personal interaction and honest, no judgement, real time feedback is helping me strengthen my music production skills way beyond any classes or online tutorials. I look forward to the next session!
I honestly can’t believe how great Achilles work is. He sent back the first draft way faster than I anticipated and it was EXACTLY what I had envisioned. What an incredible producer! Will definitely be working with him again in the near future
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Couldn't speak higher of Achilles as a person and producer. Can't wait for our song to be finished and looking forward to working with him again!
Andrew(Achilles) does high quality work. His professionalism shines through every step of the process from the initial consultation to delivering the final product. Would highly recommend and would definitely work with him again.
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Great time working with Andrew,
Not only was his production on point, his vision for the project was very clear too!
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Loved working with Andrew on top line and vocals for this track! He gave great direction and we worked very well together. Very talented producer. Hope to work on more!
Great producer and professional, had a great time recording on his track, sounds awesome! Definitely recommend!
Andrew is a pleasure to work with. Highly professional, and happy to take the time to explain the complex points of production and direction, working with you to obtain exceptional results.
I could not be happier with the final product and look forward working with him again many times in the future.
Working with Achilles was extremely enjoyable - he's super down to earth and his approach is easy to follow. Always made sure I understood the process in areas I was lacking. Highly skilled with music production & audio engineering as well. Would definitely recommend
Andrew is absolutely awesome to work with and Very professional! He knows exactly what he’s doing, making sure he takes the time needed to make sure the production is top tier.
I have worked with Andrew on a few songs now (a few which are in his Studio Reel) and all I can say is, that he has been a complete pleasure to work with.
Not only is his quality of work up to a professional standard, he is also an absolute gentleman. He provides solid advice and pointers when needed and goes that extra mile to make sure the client is completely satisfied.
We are still working on material together and I can confidently say that we will be way into the future.
Interview with Achilles (Iliad Studios)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My artist project, Achilles, is now in full swing. Check it out on Spotify! I'm @achillesmusicoz & @iliadstudios on Instagram as well.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jordan Grace. A good friend of mine and super-talented top-liner.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Many people over-complicate this "issue". All music is consumed digital today. The advantage of analog is the harmonic distortion and saturation that gave analog hardware warmth and character. However, audio technology has come so far now that the modern digital emulations of old analog hardware are, in many cases, able to do a "better" job of bringing out the pleasant sonic nuances that made old-school analog hardware so good.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is simply to take what you give me and make it better. Make it pop. Make it shine and be the best it can be. We don't stop until you're fully satisfied.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I generally explain things in a lot of detail to try and help my clients become better with their own recording and production techniques, and have quite a bit of experience as a mentor. So often I'm asked if I do one-to-one tutoring/mentoring. And the answer is yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Particularly with vocal production, the work is very time consuming due to the volume of tracks and 'manual' adjustments that need to be made. Many vocalists are often very talented, but not always fully aware of the sheer amount of work that needs to be done to sit a vocal nicely in a mix.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: - Macbook Pro - Apollo twin - MIDI keyboard - Sennheiser HD800 headphones - Rode NT1-A microphone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I played piano as a kid, and began making music with software just after I began high school, before being a "producer" was cool 😅 then studied music production as a senior also. Without giving my age away, my music production journey began around 2008.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Attention to detail. My personality lends itself to that very much so.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Professional-sounding mixes start at the very beginning of the songwriting process. Choose quality sounds from the start, and you will make your life easier later on. You cannot polish a turd, as they say.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, EDM & Indie/Acoustic genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think the best way to phrase this question is perhaps "what skill is it that you enjoy performing the most?" as that's what anyone's strongest skill is generally going to be. For me, that's the mixdown process. It's the heart of any record. It's where we get the elbow grease out, get under the hood and spend the most amount of time taking the song to the next level.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An extra set of ears and years of experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I'm hired to do a mixdown or master, I'll first take some detailed notes on the production and if there's anything that I feel can be improved from a sonic perspective I'll feed this info to my client over a call or message, whatever they prefer. I believe the secret to a good mixdown, is a good production. The secret to a good master, is a good mixdown. I'm told the primary thing that sets me apart from other providers is my attention to the client themselves as I want them to walk away not only with a finished record but also equipped with valuable knowledge into the future.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I operate in a custom treated studio. My workflow is in-the-box, but I highly favour analog-sounding tools. I work in the MacOS software environment using Ableton & FL Studio as my two preferred DAWs along with a vast array of 3rd party software plugins from all the top manufacturers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really admire professionals like Stuart Tyson (Bass Kleph) who are able to balance the creative with the technical very well. Musically I have a very diverse taste and garner inspiration from a variety of different genres. I am primarily active in the electronic dance music scene and inspired by artists like Axwell, The Chainsmokers, Nora En Pure, Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Nicky Romero just to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: - Mixing - Mastering - Vocal Production
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love watching clients light up after a job well done. There are so many talented people out there that just need a small bit of technical magic to be done on their music to make it shine.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Generally I'm just trying to gauge their own technical ability in order to see what level of guidance they need on their end. Communication is very important so both parties can make their expectations clear to each other.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I have been a customer many times myself. You need to feel comfortable that you are going to get a personalised service that you will be happy with. Ask the provider as many questions as you need to before hiring them. You're a human being, not just an internet profile, and should be treated as such.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are so many, however right now I'll say Axwell for his uncanny ability to write and produce such cutting-edge sounds with each and every production. Wildcard: Skrillex for his insane sound design.