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Interview with PhilipBreidenbach
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired and influenced by a lot of different artists. What I love most about music is diversity.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: That really depends on the job. When mixing I typically receive recordings online and send back the finished mixes. The same goes for recording instruments. Sometimes I produce and arrange whole instrumentals around rough song ideas from clients, that were recorded with just a guitar/piano and voice. In this case I start the production with the material they sent me and ask them to re-record their voice later. Whenever I am working "online" I am in close contact with the clients to guarantee
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always try to preserve the genuine feel and intention of a song and make that sound very good.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am as well producer/mixing engineer as professional musician and multi instrumentalist. This gives me the opportunity to realize a whole production from recording the Instruments to mixdown by myself. By implication this allows me to offer my clients better conditions.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am not bound to musical genres. In the past I was recording, mixing and producing jazz, pop, rock, reggae and classical music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Go with the flow!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are so many talented and gifted people out there that I would like to work with that it would exceed the size of this box to write them all down...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Musical. Also a certain degree of artistic claim is a personal demand to myself.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing the guitar at the age of 5. In High School at the age of 14 I started making my first productions. After school I studied Jazz guitar at the conservatory in Maastricht (NL). By that time I also started to work in a studio and learned the basics of studio work. In 2011 I recorded and produced my first Studio Album. I left the studio 2 years later and started to buy gear and to build my own studio. Since then I am recording, producing and mixing for different artist and customers.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "How much?" :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I can learn every day is what I like most about my job. While working with so many different kind of customers from different genres I found that each musical style has it's own codes and sound esthetics. Internalizing those really pushes my technical understanding as well as my general understanding of music to a new level every time I am working on a new project.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I came out of the box some years ago, because I was curious about analogue summing and it allowed me to include outboard compressors. Recently I upgraded my studio with some really nice converters and went back in the box - still keeping the infrastructure to insert outboard gear. This Hybrid is working fine for me and I am very happy with the results.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new to the place, so not yet...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Producing with Artists, Recording Instruments, Recording Bands
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: COMPUTER Apple iMac Apple MacBook Pro SOFTWARE Steinberg Cubase Pro 8.5 Steinberg Wavelab UAD-Plugins Metric Halo +DSP N.I. Battery 4 AUDIO INTERFACE / AD-DA Metric Halo ULN-8 PREAMPS 8 x Metric Halo ULN-8 Pre's Presonus Digimax 96k SPL Gold Mike Class A Tube Pre-Amplifier OUTBOARD FMR Audio RNC 1773 Stereo Summing Compressor SPL Dynamaxx Stereo Compressor/Limiter/Gate dbx 160A Compressor/Limiter UAD Satellite 2 Quad MICROPHONES 1x AKG C414 XLS Condenser Microphone 1x Sennheiser MD441-U3 1x Audix i5 2x RØDE NT5 1x RØDE NT1A 2x Sure SM57 1x Sure SM58Beta OTHER Neumann KH 120 Nearfield Monitors Yamaha HS80m Nearfield Monitors Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Studio Headphones Sennheiser HD 25 II Studio Headphones AKG k501 Studio Headphones Radial ProD2 Stereo DI Steinberg CC121 Presonus HP4 Headphone amplifier GUITARS Gibson ES-335 Gibson SG The Heritage H575 Real Guitars Telecaster Pearl Les Paul Rokkoman Deluxe Acoustic Guitar w. L.R. Baggs Pickup Höfner Classical Guitar Squier Precision Bass KEYS/SYNTH DSI Prophet '08 Moog Slim Phatty Novation Ultranova Yamaha DTX-12 AMPS Fender Hotrod Deville 4x10 Orange AD30TC 1x12 AER Compact 60 III Roland Cube 60 Marlboro G-50R EFFECTS Moog MF Chorus T.C. Electronics Ditto Looper Boss RE-20 Space-Echo Boss OC-3 Super Octave Boss BD2 Blues Driver Boss GE7 Equalizer Dunlop MXR M159 Stereo Tremolo Dunlop Cry Baby Wah-Wah T-REX Dr. Swamp Overdrive
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Guitar, my Metric Halo ULN8, my Mac Book, my Moog and my AKG414.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to their work, get in contact and see if it feels right.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Depends on the job. In general I try to find out about the clients taste and musical background to be able to provide the best possible result for their needs.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There are a lot of ways to improve things in the mix - In the end it is the tone that makes the music. The sound of a finished Mix is determined by the way it has been played, recorded and produced to a great extend.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want to make my clients happy, while always providing my honest personal opinion.