Professional Industry Level Mixing and Mastering Engineer
I'm a professional mixing and mastering engineer based at Sound Pressure Studios, in Lisbon.
I started out making music with my friends and turned this passion of crafting sound into my profession. I've worked on most genres but mostly on pop, hip-hop and latin pop. I love working with indpendent and upcoming artists so we can all grow together in this industry.
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Interview with Lucas Mirovski
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Probably my first one. My band's record that we did with cheap equipment and not a lot of experience but we did it from the heart. To this day I still feel excited abou those songs and it represents a lot to me. Also it helps me to remember where I came from as a producer and why I do what I do.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working as a mix engineer in a Portuguese Rap record. The concept is to talk about the artist's life story using references to Portuguese poets such as Fernando Pessoa. It's been really inspiring, I learned a lot.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know many engineers here, but I'd say go after the ones that take the time to talk to you, the client, and that treat your song and your artistic project with care and respect. No one needs "fast-mixing" these days.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, cause they're both awesome.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To take the time to do everything the song needs. If we feel like we have to automate all the "s" on the lead, we will. The song is the most important thing. My promise is to always work my best to achieve the artist's vision.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to listen to new music everyday.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can we change just one more thing on the mix?" and the answer is always YES! Anything for the song :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we are really technical. Of course we have to know how to run all the equipments but at the same time mixing is very artistic. 9 out of 10 times, if you can really feel the song, the song mix itself.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask what the clients wants to do with the song, where does the song fits in the artist's discography. I also usually like to meet the artist, even if only on Skype or something. I feel like a good conversation can help a lot in the process.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'd say always have a call with the mixer you want to hire, talk about the project and see if he or she is the right professional for the job. You're not hiring skills only, you're hiring taste and also, if everything goes right, a life-long professional and artistic relationship.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: They'd be a computer, an SSL console, a pair of Focal monitors, a coffee grinder and a coffee machine (cause it's impossible to make music without coffee).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I first started out playing in a band with my friends (which we still do, till this day.) when I was 15 years old. The we started recording our own songs and since then I'm in love with the art of making records. In 2019 I moved from Brazil to Lisbon, Portugal, where I graduated in Music Production at ETIC. Since then I started a production company called The Sailors where we create, produce, record, mix and master songs for a variety of young and upcoming artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Versatile. I'm always searching for the artist's own sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with ROSALÍA. Besides being a great singer she's also a great producer and human being. I'd probably have a great time with the Arctic Monkeys too.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to everything because in every song there's always something to learn.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Rap and Pop. I also have some clients from the rock and indie rock scene. I try not to limit myself to specific genres so I'd say I work mostly with creative songs done by great artists.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is my ears and my taste. Even though there's a lot of people mixing, everybody mixes differently and my clients come back because they like how the process goes and specially the end result. I also, being young, try to always be learning new ways of doing things. Only by learning we can keep up with the ever changing music world.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always try to bring what's already great about that specific song. I don't think I should put my own sound to someone else's track, so I always try to find what's already good and try to make it shine even more.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first start listening to the rough and some references. It's not uncommon to have an online meeting with the client to go over the project. Then I organize the session and do my first rough mix. Afterwards I take this mix to Atlântico and using the SSL there and also the other equipments I finish the mix and send it to the client. If needed, I'll do revisions with the client, or through comments or on a online call to finish the song together.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I do my prep work in my company's studio and then take the productions to a top level studio, Atlântico Blue Studios where I have access to perfectly treated listening environments and also beautiful gear.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a really big fan of Jaycen Joshua and Serban Ghenea's work in pop and hip-hop music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most usually work as a mix engineer. I also do mastering for some of my clients.