My name is Xavery. I'm on the spectrum along with a personality type that only 1% of the population has. If you want unique sound, you need an unique engineer.
Xavery is a self-taught mixing engineer, creative consultant, and HRDRV Music Reviewer from Dallas, TX. He has worked in studios on the south, west, and east coasts of the United States. His discography includes works from all over the world with genres including, but not limited to Korean Pop, Spanish Electro-Pop, Iranian Metal, Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, Orchestral, to Reggaeton. With over fifteen years of experience, his creative flexibility and diverse ear allows him to mix and problem solve from a multitude of angles and combinations to bring out a comfortable signature sound for every project he touches.
Always a self-starter, Xavery founded a music production club in middle school, earned his first college degree in Audio Production while still in high school, and now is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Master’s in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation; with a secured Post-Master’s Fellowship in the Office of the President the following year.
When mixing he tasks himself with using all of your notes, references, background, and taking all the recorded elements of the song and blending and balancing them into an ear-pleasing harmony that helps the artist-to-listener and listener-to-artist connection become more visceral.
Xavery's mission to be one of the world's best engineers and to continue to develop top talent.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
Interview with White Leaf Music Company
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: 3 Albums for the label I work for: HRDRV Records.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll always do the right thing.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's a party all the time, when it's more like working in a doctor's office. It's quiet and people who come in excited lose patience and eventually just come back when the session is over. Watching someone mix or master is only fun if you do it also lol.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: It depends on the client.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the work. Talk to him or her. Go from there. Music is a bit different...it's not always just 100% transactional.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Successfully militant, Conscious, and Loving.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Timbaland. Simply put, we are both crazy and something dope would happen.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Let the music lead the process! You're really just there to be a channel for these inspirations floating around.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Modern Music, but my portfolio ranges from K-Pop, Metal, Big Bands, and R&B.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening/Customer Service. (See what I did there?)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Everything you want and more.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the record and imagine how the sound can be improved, if at all, and then I make those changes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's been evolving over time. My studio spaces have never been pretty, but they have been functional. I have a sloped ceiling room 20ft long for full bass response. Avatone Mixcubes keep it tight, HS7 helps me make sure they feel it, and focal Pro Headphones are like Scuba gear to really dive into the audio. When I put those on, it's like jumping into the session. Those headphones are amazing for transients and details.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mickey Shiloh.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Different tools for different moments! I've got custom chains that emulate analog magic also... hmu!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 5 cell phones so I could get back to my studio.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 16 years. I run into a lot of familiar faces no matter where I go in this world. The industry is so small. It really is.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jimmy Douglass is my favorite engineer for the work he completed in the late 90's with Ginuwine and Aaliyah. He squeezes out so much emotion from the records he mixes. I appreciate Timbaland's uniqueness also.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Reviewing, mixing, and mastering music. I'm like an uncle for artists.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Did you do this?" I've shadowed alongside multiple grammy winning engineers and earned my stripes, but I remained under the radar until I felt my skills were able to slice through the competition. So even though I'm unknown a lot of my prospective clients are surprised by the sound I can produce. I'm just now launching my business, but I've been mixing and mastering for a long time and I love doing it .