Analog or digital and why?
Digital I have to say. I love the analog sound, but I the digital domain is so much more accessible, and it can even simulate the analog to some extent. I have nothing but respect for the people who worked in analog era, but I think that today, without undo button everyone would be lost! :)
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
First EP for a band Random. I worked as a producer. We had a lot of problems during the recording stage, and there was a lot of editing but in the end the EP sounds awesome. They are more than satisfied and I'm proud because I managed to pull that off.
What are you working on at the moment?
On the second EP for bend from Belgrade, Random (rock). Besides that on a pop song for a singer also from Belgrade, and music and sound effects for a video game for a company in Norway.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will make it sound awesome.
What do you like most about your job?
The feeling when I listen to a final mix of a song and it sounds awesome and the feeling when somebody tells me that they are satisfied with my work.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make it sound like this? Depends on the recording.
Can you make it by tomorrow? I can try.
Can you fix the vocals/guitars/other so it sounds better? Depends on the recording again, but there is a way for almost everything.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
"We can fix that in the mix"
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do you want from this song?
What is you favourite artist, album, song?
How does this song feel to you?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have a clear idea what you want, maybe even a song that sounds like the one you want to be done. The more information you get me, the better the end product will sound.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Axe-fx (works like an audio interface ;) ), PC with all the plugins and DAWs, monitors, guitar, MIDI keyboard.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I realised in high school that music and sound production is my calling. I have been playing in bands ever since and that is probably one of the reasons I started meddling with sound. After high school I got on Faculty of dramatic arts in Belgrade on Sound recording and sound design department. During my studies I started to build my studio and to acquire equipment one by one. Currently I have an M.A. in sound design and music production and I'm in the businesses over 6 years.
How would you describe your style?
Keep it simple but effective.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
There are a lot of artist I would love to work with because I feel I could learn a lot from them and that the work with them would be a pleasure. At the moment I feel that Noel Gallagher is that person (ok maybe not the pleasure part, but I would learn a lot no question :) ).
Can you share one music production tip?
Use your ears, listen, there is no perfect preset for anything.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, Metal, Pop-Rock, generally guitar based genres. But it is not a rule, I have done pop songs, rap and hip-hop, movie scores and a bit of drum and bass.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
I give my best to give song a flow and feeling that it deserves. Every song is different and I think the most important thing is to figure out what that songs needs to be, after that, everything goes easier.
What's your typical work process?
Depends on the type of work I'm doing (editing, mix, master, recording etc.). Usually I talk to the client as much so I can to get the clear idea what are client wishes and vision of the project. After that I do a demo or a preview of what the song is going to be like so the client can see if I am on the right track. If the client is satisfied, I continue with work and I send the client one more export before the final so there is time for final touches and changes if there is a need for that.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I record everything though Presonus studio live mixer into PC with Cubase 7.5. For guitar recording there is a Fractal Axe-Fx XL II beast :) . Got KRK Rockit 8 for monitoring, with a few pairs of standard PC 2.0 speakers and headphones for mix and mastering checking. Also have a vocal booth that is completely sound proofed with Audio-Technica AT4040, Rode NT1-A, Shure SM7, Shure SM57 mics for recording vocals and acoustic instruments. And AxiomPro 69 MIDI keyboard from M-Audio.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
For musicians it varies on the mood I guess, it can go from Katatonia to Oasis lately. :) as for producers, don't have a name especially, there are awesome production from people who are just starting, and there are mediocre production from the big professionals, so I just like when someone manages to do a mix worthy of the song.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most common are editing, mixing and mastering jobs, but there are request for recording additional instruments, arraigning songs etc.