Working as a sound engineer since 2012, Patrick has worked with established artists (Yxng Bane, Abra Cadabra, Siah, Scott Robinson, Paul Young…).
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Interview with DeBate Mixing & Mastering
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Hip hop and Urban genres. Whether that's mixing vocals to a pre-mixed instrumental or mixing the instrumental with the vocals.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr Dre was a huge inspiration into producing hip hop and through this I found a love for sound engineering. Other inspirations are Jedi Mind Tricks, The Four Owls and The Mouse Outfit. Outride of hip hop Mike Oldfield was a huge inspiration to me as I wanted to compose music like he did.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I operate in the box with high-end digital plug-ins. This enables me to keep costs low and allows me to load up a project remotely should I have to. I use Logic Pro X on a MacBook Pro 2018. Audio interface is Apogee Duet 2 and my monitors are KRK Rockit 5s paired with the KRK 10s Subwoofer.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I tend to treat the instrumental first and get a nice sounding mix with this. Then I will treat the vocals and make adjustments on the instrumental where necessary so that the vocals sit well with the instrumental. I like to come back to a project with fresh ears the next day to make sure there isn't anything glaringly obvious that could have maybe been done. This is a very basic description of the way I work on mixing a song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring mixing and creative edits that are inspired from a very wide variety of different genres. So I can bring certain sounds that might not be considered usual practice that is associated with Hip Hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Taking your ideas and enhancing them with creative edits.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop/Rap and Urban genres
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Experiment lots and try not to always follow the norm. Following tutorials and tips is certainly worth it and can really help you get a good understanding but essentially just experiment and do what you think is right and if you think it sounds good then that's great. But do always try to keep learning too!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Vinnie Paz because he is a rapper I have followed for years and I really enjoy his work and what he has to say. He is part of Jedi Mind Tricks who are a group that inspired me to produce melodic Hip Hop which in turn led to becoming a sound engineer. It would be amazing to produce something for Vinnie Paz to rap on.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean, Polished, Melodic, Methodical.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started producing music in 2003 and I initially wanted to compose music for film. However after hearing Jedi Mind Tricks I began a real passion and love for producing Hip Hop. Through this I met rappers and they told me they really liked how I made things sound and so I started mixing and mastering their work. I went to university to study Music Technology as this seemed to cover a wide range of different skills which I felt would be worth while as opposed to going fully specific to mixing and mastering. From their my skills grew and I kept trying to better myself and worked in a studio that catered mainly to rappers which confirmed to me that Hip Hop and Urban genres is what I'd mainly focus on. I do enjoy and am always happy working on other genres too.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My headphones (AKG K712 Pro) Laptop (and charger) Keyboard Akai MPC X My fan
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Chat with us first to see if we are able to provide what you are after. Hopefully you'd get a feel for whether you would like to work with us through our communication. And of course have a listen to previous work to see if it's a sound and style that you enjoy and would suit you.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who do you listen to and enjoy the sound/style of? What are your plans for this project? Can I hear the song/s first so we can discuss what ideas I have for your project? Do you have any particular reference track?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's very quick to do
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can I have it really loud? I believe that keeping the overall dynamics of your mix is more important than squashing your music to make it as loud as possible and so I aim to get a good balance of the two and will get it to a competitive loudness level.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just love taking something and making it sound better and adding creative edits that make the customer really excited. To see or hear them so excited is definitely the most enjoyable part of the job.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will not take work from you just for my financial benefit. If I genuinely feel I may not be able to give you the best results for you and your project, I will be 100% honest and will always discuss with you possible alternative ways to get the best outcome for both you and your music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital Essentially because I grew up on digital. But I find the ease of working out the box and being able to do that remotely as well really beneficial.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new to SoundBetter so don't know anyone yet. Will change if I meet people over time.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a small EP for a rapper at the moment. I'm recording, producing, mixing and mastering it all so heavily involved and really enjoying it.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked with Abra Cadabra who is a MOBO award winning rapper. I recorded him and mixed and mastered the track. I got really positive feedback and praise from him which was great to hear as he has worked with many different studios and sound engineers.