I have a deep passion for mixing and sound manipulation. I really enjoy hearing a song for the first time and reacting to what moves me. My intentions are to find the most compelling moments of the song in order to allure the listener.
Let's be creative! Let's experiment! Let's have fun! I love accentuating a musical piece by using both traditional and creative methods. I see myself as the moldable part of the process. Conversing about the project is the first step in gaging the direction in which the artist wants to take listeners. Show me a picture of where you'd like to take your audience (whether it's a color or a place that best describes your vibe). I am a multi instrumentalist and have designed/built studios. I have been a FOH engineer for Rufus Wainwright for 7 years. I have many years of experience recording orchestra and live bands. I have a deep understanding of signal flow, and I use this to my creative advantage. I enjoy recording musicians playing together in one room and believe in making decisions in the moment. Lastly, let's have fun and make music.
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- matt costa
- reverend baron
- Austyn Gillette
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4 ReviewsEndorse Chris Sorem
Chris is an exceptional engineer and mixer who I have had the pleasure of working with on my last 2 albums. As an artist, I need to explore and take my time and that's what Chris will enable you to do. When we are preparing for the mixes we always get deep into the songs and look for the experience we want to convey - its not just plug and play with him - its an exploration of the sounds that have already been recorded. He believes theres more than the face value of a song and more to explore under it all... and he always finds it. I've found a career long partner with Chris.
What's most noteworthy about Chris is that he is an incredible human being with true style. You can hear and feel it in all of his work and collaborations. He's a master who can work in literally all genres at the highest level and I feel lucky to know and work with him.
Chris is my go-to mixer, engineer, and FOH person. He just gets it. Anything I need, he knows how to accomplish. He's a pleasure to work with, and makes sessions flow really easy. He's got a great ear, and can help take your music over the top! He's excellent at all genres and is great at bringing the best out of all performers in the room. I'd recommend him for anything audio related you might need! Do It!!
I’ve hired Chris for literally all my songs. Nest is my favorite place to track drums in Los Angeles. He goes the extra mile to make sure things are recorded correctly for whatever style the client is going for. He’s engineered and mixed a wide variety of artists such as Daniel Lanois, Brad Mehldau, Neko Case, and James Mercer (The Shins). He is pleasant to work with and efficient with his time which is very important in keeping a session flowing properly.
Interview with Chris Sorem
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: For mixing I work on an array of music. lately, I've been working on: Indie pop, Experimental jazz, and Rock. I'm fortunate to be able to work in multiple musical genres (to keep things fresh).
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Molding a mix into an experience.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: new perspective, creativity, and vibe.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen! Listen! Listen! I twist knobs until it feels right. I generally make broad strokes to get a good vibe and get into the micro prospective to make sure the song translates well on all systems.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is about 3200 sqft filled with vintage instruments and analog gear. I know my gear like the back of my hand, and it allows me to work fast and instinctively. I work with analog gear in a hybrid setup. I use two diffrent summing mixers depending on the music, and I often reamp to give unique dimensions. In my humble opinion -options are limitless.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've just finished working on a Los Lobos record. I engineered, mixed, and played the omni chord. I loved working on traditional latin sounds (as this was new for me). I learned about new instruments (that have been around but never explored) that I now keep in my palette for potential new projects.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm mixing a score and several albums.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't scoped it out yet, but I'm sure there are many talented people on this platform.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Analog for the sound and digital for the workflow.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will always try to make the best piece of art, and I'll help you see your vision though
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The unique people I work with.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you available? Answer: Let me check!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Im not sure
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have an image or color that represents the feeling of the song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Lets chat about your vision. Once the vision is determined, my advice will be given. What is the advice? It all varies. Things aren't black and white.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: U47, a mic pre, recoding device, speakers. massage chair
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician since I was 12 (in my 30s now), so I have experience with performance and making music. When I was 16 I discovered the art of recording, and that's when my creative horizons expanded. I've made record making my life ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: vibey, forward, and interesting.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Vagner he's punk rock
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Forget your "go to" methods, change up your spices. Sometimes it's good to create a challenge that will take you down a new path. This way, you're able to create something new and different.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tchad Blake, Nigel Godrich,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Engineering