Producer, engineer, mixer, musician. 15+ years in industry, over 100 released projects of both top acts and indie artists in Eastern Europe. Have been a student of Andrew Scheps and Tchad Blake, co-produced album made by Joe Chiccarelli. Own a recording studio with spectacular collection of gear, microphones and backline. Love making music.
I am inspired to be a part of your music production, making it sound and feel as it deserves to be. My main focus in music production is emotional imprint of an artist delivered to listener in a way it touches him. And to do that I use my 15+ years of experience of working with top of charts hitters in Eastern Europe and exceptionally musical indie artists, all of my arsenal of hardware and software, all my creative ideas and drive to make music that is instantly appealing both sonically and creatively. I produce, mix, edit multitrack audio to groove or to grid, make sessions mix-ready, arrange songs in genres that I'm good at, comp vocal track, tune vocals, provide guitar parts as session musician, re-amp guitars, provide synth/keys parts, program sequences and drums, I own and run a recording studio and feel blessed to be working with different musicians in different genres every day sharing ideas and love to music.
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Interview with Yuriy Smalius
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2018 I worked on my band's record with Joe Chiccarelli, co-producing.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I suppose so, yes.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why? Both!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will definitely be carried away by your music and will do my best in turning it into a great sounding record.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Can have fun every day and get paid for it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can not "fix it later on a computer"
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would probably need no gear on a desert island, no sound recording gear at least.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been into recording business for over 15 years now, being a trainee, engineer, session musician, producer, mixer and all other hats including janitor.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Openminded, experimental and a bit distorted.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The list is too long. For most reasons I try to work with inspiring artists and musicians to feel a joy of musical moment and record it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take any time needed to set up a proper monitoring for artist in studio. Once they're happy, they will make your job easy and fun, just capturing brilliant performances.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie, rock, pop, jazz.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Finding that emotional imprint of a song and making sure that it's present in a record. Along with making it sound loud, proud and exciting.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to find it's core elements and hooks and then make best out of them to emphasize the emotion both sonically and performance wise.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: There's no typical way in making music, every day is different and unique, that's what I love about this job.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got a hybrid set-up with best of both worlds: lots of class A modern and vintage pre-amps, compressors, EQs along with Pro Tools rig on Universal Audio Apollo interfaces and top plug-ins, many, many of them.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide most parts of making a record, starting from pre-production, arrangements, hiring session musicians, recording, editing, tuning, programming and mixing. I would occasionally do mastering, though I prefer to trust my mixes to mastering engineers