Professional Audio Engineer, Producer, and DJ Bachelor offering 8 years of professional experience in the creative media industry with an emphasis on Audio Production. Remarkable achievements include production of "Good Bad Friends" by Kate Cameron which reached Top 21 in the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) 2017 competition.
Juan Carlos Fernández, also known as "Guonka", is a DJ, Producer and Audio Engineer born in San Jose, Costa Rica, who currently resides in London, United Kingdom.
Graduated from SAE Institute Nashville in Audio Technology and Middlesex University in Audio Production, Juan has also been strongly mentored by former Modestep member, Tony Friend.
In just his short career, Guonka has performed in world-renowned venues such as Ministry of Sound Club, EGG London, Electric Brixton, and many more ... sharing the night with artists such as Flux Pavilion, Delta Heavy, Feed Me, A-Track , Sam Divine, Tough Love, MJ Cole, Secondcity, Josh Butler, Doorly, and many other names to mention. In Costa Rica, Guonka has performed several times in venues such as Club Vertigo, Antik, Vavel, and in 2018 made his debut at the renowned festival "Chepe Joven" with an estimate crowd of 25,000 people.
Guonka has also appeared in several of London’s well-known radio stations such as Reprezent, Select Radio UK, The Beat London, and House 559 Music.
Guonka has also had several releases in lables such as Westwood Recordings, Fatstep, Teknofonic Recordings, and AI Group with his "Departures" EP, "Da Way" Single, "A Cup of Tea" EP, and "Hypnotise (Guonka Remix)" by Chloe Louis.
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Interview with Juan Carlos Fernandez
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Song productions, mixing, mastering, and occasionally vocal tuning.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Flux Pavilion, Flume, Modestep, etc...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: MacBook Pro 17 inch (2017) 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7 16 GB RAM LG Monitor PreSonus ERIS E4.5 near field monitors JBL 500 EON series sub woofer Native Instruments KOMPLETE 32 MIDI Keyboard AKAI Tomcat AKAI APC40 Audio Technica AT4050 microphone AKG D112 MKII microphone SE Electronics metallic pop filter SE Electronic reflection filter Pioneer DJM T-1/Soundcard Technics MKII turntables DXRACER gaming chair Software & VST Plug-Ins: Xfer Records Serum Xenakios Waves Voxengo Valhalla DSP, LLC TAL-Togu Audio Line Steven Slate Sonarworks Serato Native Instruments LennarDigital iZotope Infected Mushroom FabFilter D16 Group Audio Software Ceremony Audio Ease Apple
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Sit down,
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A small touch of my own sound, plus a fine polish.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Comercial production, pop-structuring
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic Dance Music!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it sounds good, it is good.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Flux Pavilion. He is an incredibly talented artist both musically and technically.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Bassy, bouncy, and melodic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Graduated in Audio Technology and Audio Production in SAE Institute Nashville and Middlesex University. I started DJing 9 years ago and producing 5 years ago.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An axe, lighter, tent, beer, and some sort of HI-tech satellite communication device.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look at peoples background and formation.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to know about peoples budgets and inspirations with their projects to see what I can help with best.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Play "Despacito" when I am DJing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Are you negotiable?" Yes, I am. :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's music 24/7.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Professionalism and quality.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analouge sounds better, but digital is easier and most convenient these days.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I give 1-1 audio production lectures in my free time when I am not working on my own music as "Guonka".
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My last EP "Departures" which came out on Westwood Recordings was something we created with alot of emotions put into it, so you could say it was a really "pure" work of art.