I create unforgettable experiences. If you are looking for a Unique Modern Production in Any Genre that Stands Out, I am your guy. Currently working with artists at Sony, Warner (Germany), Spinnin’ & Epic Records... also releasing some of my own house music under Nik Ernst. I can make any style of music. Let's chat :)
WHO I AM:
Multi-instrumentalist Producer & Sound Designer based between Berlin, Prague & London.
I travel a lot (when the world isn't on lockdown...) and get most of my inspiration from seeing and experiencing different cultures.I have worked with most Major Labels (Lorde, Jasmine Thompson, Mike Mago, Bolier, Redondo… to name a few). I have also composed music for brands such as Herbalife Nutrition, Marriot, Glossier, IVY New York, Me&MyLife…
Fun Fact: I play 12 instruments.
HOW I CAN HELP:
- My Versatility: I have only met about 3 musicians in my life who are as versatile as I am.
Whether its a Classical film score, Hip-Hop, Rock, EDM or the next “Bad Guy” or “Old Town Road”, I’ve got you covered.
- My Creativity: I like to get extremely creative with my productions, creating my own sounds using Sounds from everyday life or at home, and then magically transforming the samples into musical instruments.
- My OCD: My ears are extremely sensitive to detail. Im serious… I don’t stop until my ears are satisfied. So rest assured, every sonic detail will be taken into consideration.
MY SERVICES: Contact me to find out more about:
- Creating Your Track/Song from scratch.
- Enhancing your production.
- Teaching You how to finish producing your own song.
- Creating a Song/Beat around your lyrics.
- Creating a full Score around your Film
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Nik Ernst
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I composed and produced a film score for a documentary about a rare Blue Spinel Gemstone that I am very proud of. It took quite a while to make the soundtrack but the result is beautiful. I still listen to it sometimes. :)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I'm working on a production for an artist called .mt to raise awareness about the Australian Bushfires.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I've had songs mixed and mastered by Thomas Juth. He's a grammy winning Mix & Master engineer. He's good at what he does and I have recommended him before.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog and Digital. Because ;)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver something better than they expected.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I can do what I enjoy doing most in the world, and get paid for it. There is nothing more satisfying than that.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long do you think it will take? is definitely the most commonly asked question I get. The answer is pretty simple: As long as I need.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask what kind of mood they want to create, and what their vision is. When I'm producing for someone else, I try my best not to be selfish, musically speaking, and to follow the clients vision as best as I can.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Easy. A Ukulele, an acoustic guitar, steel drums, bongos and a piano, if that were even possible..
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I always played instruments as a kid and was in several rock bands throughout my youth. I started making music via my laptop and DAW during my first year at university. I was studying economics and management at Kings College in London and didn't feel like studying or partying was giving me the satisfaction I needed. So I looked inwards and started making music. That's when it all started.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't really have a style, but I guess my "style" is to create a room and atmosphere for the music I produce.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Twenty-one Pilots. I love their sounds and how they have managed to mix rock with electronic sounds in a subtle way.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Definitely the most important lesson I've learnt is that Less is More. Musicians, especially producers in this century, tend to overthink things and try to add as many sounds and instruments as possible into their productions. The result is a cloudy, and crappy mix. Keeping it simple, adding only a handful of instruments as the base, helps keep everything nice and clear, and brings out the beauty.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am extremely versatile in my productions. I produce absolutely everything, from piano ballads, to film scores, to hard rock and EDM. I love it all.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I guess my strongest skill is my creativity. There are no limits to creativity, especially with sounds. You can achieve anything if its in your head.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring atmosphere. To me, music is more than just sound. It's an experience, a journey. It tells a story. I like to create that atmosphere in my productions.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start either on the piano or the drums. I like to jam around creating melodies or grooves. These really set the vibe of the entire song. I always have a mood in mind when I start creating music. I try to ask myself before every session, what atmosphere do I want to create? what mood am I in? What do I want to achieve? From there It's pretty straightforward. I just do my thing. I try to find or create sounds that sound cool and could fit within the composition. Sometimes I hear a sound that I like and record it and then mess with it. A coin dropping onto the wooden floor for example, emits a sharp shimmering sound that sounds cool if you distort it and mess with the pitch. I actually created a sampled instrument out of that exact sound recently. After I have a few sounds that I like, I start with some melodies and patterns and I let the rest just evolve naturally.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a cosy studio set up with everything I need to Compose & Produce Music. A mix of everything really.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am easily inspired. A whole lot of people have inspired me so far in my career as a musician. It would be unfair to give some people more credit than others in that sense.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production and Sound Design.