My aim When Mixing a track for an artist or band , is to first capture their vision and keep it in mind through the entire process , the end goal is to have it sounding appropriate as well as professional.
A BA(hons) degree in music industry practise, through my years of a producer I have developed a substantial knowledge of sound design and mixed and mastered a plethora of tracks from Hip-hop , R&B , House and Heavy Rock
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Interview with Barnaby
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You can't make a bad recording sound good/great in the mixing process and you can't make an average mix sound amazing in the mastering process, because of this you should be diligent in making every single process during the creation of the track/tracks is as good as they possibly can be.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It's often hip-hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm passionate about music. my typical day will either be experimenting with sound design, learning something new about music production or creating a track, there's rarely a day when I'm not grown as a musician and/or audio engineer.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It really depends on the role I'm playing , If I'm working with a skilful drummer, I'm not going to tell him to chill whilst I play in a pattern with an MPC , When making music I'm a firm believer on focusing on "is this interesting" rather than is this good , if it grabbed my attention or the artists attention that's the most important part.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: At my time in university , I booked out studio rooms for bands and went there to help with the process of setting up the microphones and recording. I think it is always great when you get involved with something bigger than yourself , unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to mix it , but I stepped out my comfort zone during the recording process and still managed to get a few decent takes from the artists.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I think my main product I'm working on is writing a book on the art of music production from the theory all the way to the mastering process.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: This is a service I've only began to start using , but if there is someone I work with through here that I end up getting on really well with I'll make sure this section gets updated.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I really don't have a preference there is great analogue gear that exists and great digital gear that exists
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If you've hired me my results should have you feeling that it is better than the original product.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I like most about my Job is developing and honing the craft of mixing learning exactly how I can that record to sound that way.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you Mix this track for me ? My answer is yes
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think a lot of people make the assumption that a mixing and/or mastering engineer can suddenly make your track a chart topper. We are not your get out of jail free card for when you haven't put the effort into getting a good recording. That being said a good mixing/mastering engineer should make your tracks sound more cohesive and coherent in context with each other.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Before working on this track, do you have any tracks you've listened to which has inspired it's musical direction.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be specific in your demands , let me know for the style of music you're going for , let me know who you've worked with in the past, what techniques and methods do you know which you like or have worked in the past.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Scarlett 2i2 interface , 2 neumann u87's , Speakers (genelec 8030cS), and a razor laptop p.s the speakers surely count as one ? Surely?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been making music/producing for 10 years , studied it at a university for 3 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Ethereal yet Heavy Hip-hop
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I don't think there's an artist specifically I think it's more important to have rapport with a good variety of artists than to have yourself credited next to one big name with the downside of having that big name treat you like a nobody.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing & Mastering
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It's about creating an energy that the artist can feel whether that is by getting inspiration from a loop/sample, a synth patch, a drum pattern the moment this energy is been created it's focusing on how can I make this more palpable, more interesting and keeping the momentum.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Aesop Rock, Tame Impala Dave Pensado, Andrew Schepps , Lu Diaz
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio Setup consists of a Desktop PC running Fl studio , 2 midi Keyboards (M-audio code25,Nektar Impakt LX 88) and Komplete 11