I produce and mix music in the genres trip-hop, electronica, singer-songwriter, and alternative pop. Being a published artist myself, my skillset as a session-singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter brings real-world musicality to the table many engineers lack.
Giving the task of producing your music to someone else can be scary, but also highly beneficial. Achieving tonal balance might prove to be difficult when one is so close to the material already. Your ears will be in a certain state of complacency which is hard to break away from entering production on your own. Another set of ears will help ensure a well-rounded project and enhance the listener's experience. And a healthy portion of compromise combined with your vision usually spells success for a song. Elevate your project with an experienced producer and make sure it counts when you drop your next track.
Includes scratch tracking, compositional consultation, instrument tracking, sound design, arrangement, editing, signal processing, and consolidating for mixing & mastering.
"Mix as if there is no mastering."
When it comes to mixing, the more (ears) the merrier. Submitted tracks undergo preliminary signal processing, grouping, and bussing to achieve a static mix. EQ, compression, FX, and panning are applied before it gets interesting with automation. Before the final mix, a first mixdown is being send for review. Every project is unique. Depending on capacity you can expect first results within one week.
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Interview with Marcus Loewe
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A/D-D/A conversion: MOTU 4pre DAW: MacBook Pro, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 10 Monitoring: Yamaha HS 80M, JBL LSR 305 Microphones: AKG Perception 200, Sure Beta 58A, Sennheiser e835 Controllers: Behringer BCF2000, M-Audio Axiom 49, Ableton Push Instruments: Williams Overture, Walden D550ce natura, Hagstrom Viking
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Recent productions/mixes that I love are Robyn's 'Honey' and 'Ever Again', Dido's 'Some Kind Of Love', and Moderat's 'Eating Hooks'.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I normally start production with fleshing out the song and collecting sound design ideas. Then I track audio and other performances which in turn inform further sound design, composition, and arrangement. Once everything is in place, there is usually some editing and signal processing to be done. Finally I consolidate everything for mixing. During mixing I take a lot of notes on the artist's intent and vision for the song, and try to get as close as possible to the soundscape of the provided reference tracks. Then it's on to signal processing, grouping, bussing, EQing, compression, FX, panning, and automation.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen, listen, listen! Especially to high quality recordings. Familiarize yourself with song form. Then break the rules. Don't get hung up on genres. Just as with cooking, fusion is the best thing that can happen to creativity.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a session-singer at age 9, co-produced my first album at age 16, toured a number of years doing live gigs, studied sound design, musicology, vocals, production, and film-music in Berlin and Los Angeles, and released a bunch of music for other artists and myself.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You're about to buy someone else's taste. Be sure to evaluate whether your styles are compatible. It's ridiculously difficult to convey what you hear in your mind with words. Reference tracks are an indispensable tool to communicate artistic intent.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, experienced session-singer, and published artist I bring musicality to the table many producers and engineers lack. This sensitivity enables me to navigate the production or the mix into a place of technical adequacy without compromising artistic integrity.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronica, Trip-Hop, Elektro-Pop
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What does the song mean? What/Who does the song represent? What emotion should be enhanced during production?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That any of this work is quickly accomplished by simply pushing a couple buttons.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: When that magic happens in the studio.