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Interview with Dave Filchak
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on a new single by Buck Moore called "Spaceship".
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog for the history and warmth, digital for the flexibility.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work hard to make you happy and give you every chance to succeed.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working with new music, new people, new creative directions.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I want to know their vision for the song. I want to know what issues, if any, there are with the recorded tracks that I have to be aware of. I want the prospective client to feel comfortable with me and I with them.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A great mic, a great recording unit, a great compressor, a magical wondrous power source .... and an acoustic guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been recording and mixing for as long as I can remember. As a touring musician/artist, we recorded everything, and anywhere. I learned to make ANY space work for recording. I now mix totally in the box and make that work to my and my artists advantage.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The most important aspect in any song production is the vocals. That is it. Work from the vocals back and make other instruments fit the vocals. Not the other way around.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Country, Blues
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my ability to problem solve and my ability to hear a song and envision where it could go with a great mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The ability to bring the song to life, to realize the artist's conception and make it bigger.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work remotely so I require that 48K, 24bit stems be submitted via Dropbox. I also want to speak with the client to discuss their vision for the song and have them give me some reference songs they think encapsulates what they want their track(s) to sound like.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix in the box with a few pieces of outboard gear. Pro Tools 2019, HHB Circle 5 monitors, Lexicon, DBX, URei outboard. The usual assortment of quality plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by so many different artists, artists from a genres. I am inspired by great music .... period.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixes and arrangement. Websites that allow creatives to market their work.