Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Azamat feat. Ensemble. On the stage my part was to play the piano and the keyboard while in the studio I was a co-writer, co-engineer, consultant on the subtractive synthesis.
What are you working on at the moment?
My new album, my performance, mixing a few great songs for my clients.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Analog has its character that, I believe, is needed for some parts to stand out. But digital gives you more abilities to manipulate the sound.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll do the best work possible but if it's still not for your taste then I can give your money back and we can stay friends
What do you like most about your job?
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What do you think about my song? What plugins do you use? And many more. I tell the truth.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Some people consider me only as a musician, others as a mixing engineer.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Goals, to what extent I can exercise my freedom in the art decisions, reference-tracks, deadline, budget.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Bring the clarity about your goals, be polite, and believe that we can work out the best song ever.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Grand piano, DS Prophet '08, a pair of speakers, laptop.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I began as a piano/keyboard player during the school, later got a job as an audio engineer at the radio. I never stopped doing my own music and meanwhile helped many musicians with mixing, producing, advice, etc. I've been in music since 1999.
How would you describe your style?
Electronic music that seeks beyond its limit.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Brian Eno because he is very intelligent and mind-breaking in everything he does.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't underestimate minute things that bring you pleasure during writing a song - they can be exactly your mark in music.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Electronic/Dance, Neoclassics, Pop/Dance, EDM, Techno, Trance, Rock,
What's your strongest skill?
In mixing - Vocal Processing, Piano Editing, Synth and Rhythm sections
Producing - Electronic backgrounds, Lyrics (writing or editing), melody
Sound design - Subtractive synthesis
What do you bring to a song?
Clarity, emotions, sound that a particular song deserves
What's your typical work process?
When mixing, I start from the strongest part in the song and bring all the rest elements little by little. I prefer to break mixing in such steps as: volume/pan, mix-buss, eq, compression, effects, glue (bringing all together).
Tell us about your studio setup.
Computer - iMac
DAW - Logic Pro X
Audio Interface - Resident Audio T4
Monitor Speakers - Yamaha HS7
Midi Keyboards - Roland A-88, Akai MPK249
Synthesizers - Prophet '08, Yamaha DX21, Yamaha DX7
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Musicians: Brian Eno, Klaus Schulze, Depeche Mode, Moby, Enigma, Robert Miles
Classical Composers: Chopin, Schuman, Rachmaninov
Mixing Engineers: Mark "Spike" Stent, Dave Pensado, Butch Vig
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing, Sound-Design, Producing, Song-Writing