Ash Gale is a singer/songwriter, a qualified and trained audio engineer who can produce and mix tracks to a high professional level. Ash has produced and mixed songs his own solo work that have appeared on national radio, Netflix and MTV television shows, commercials and indie films.
Ash Gale is a singer/songwriter producer and mix engineer. Having played in bands (The Sundance Kids) that have toured with The Fray, The All American Rejects, Evermore and The Veronicas, Ash has lived and breathed music for over 20 years. Completing a degree in audio engineering Ash now has set up a studio in the luscious Adelaide hills of Stirling where he can offer pre-production, fully produced tracks and or mixing tracks.
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Interview with Ash Gale - Skye Studios
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Engineer/Produce and Mix. Also can offer session vocal tracking.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Big fan of producer Ryan Tedder and Mix engineers Michael Brauer, Andrew Scheps & Greg Wells. Bands I love - U2, Radio Head, Jeff Buckley, Oasis, Coldplay, Queen, The Verve, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Skye Recording studio was professionally built and treated for mixing and audio production. Manley Reference Microphone Neve 1073 Pre Amp Tube Tech CL1B Compressor 2 X Distressors SSL EQ Focal Sm9 Monitors
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Finding moments in songs and making them the absolute feature. Songs need to take the listener on an interesting journey. First lets make sure it was recorded and edited at it's absolute best then lets bring the song into shape with balance/depth and effects.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I love to find moments in songs and making them the absolute feature. Songs need to take the listener on an interesting journey. I use mixing techniques to enhance the songs dynamics and bring out more emotion and colour.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I love being a songwriter and arranger when mixing a song. Finding those strong hooks and melodies that can take songs to another level.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A wide range from Pop - Rock to singer/songwriter folk
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I love subtle harmonic distortion. All those 1%ers add up to give the song it's own personalty.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ryan Tedder. Amazing songwriter and incredible producer
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Make it bold, interesting and evoke emotion
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been writing/producing music for 20 years. Recently studying audio engineering to advance my technical skills. Now combining musical knowledge, creativity and music technology to bring songs to life.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Focal sm9 (if the desert island had a perfectly acoustically treated room) Manley Cardioid Reference Microphone Neve 1073 Tube Tech CL1B Compressor All my UAD Plugins
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look for someone who is friendly and has great musical taste. Also who can share your vision and bring out the absolute best in your songwriting and production/mixes
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your musical vision? what artists/bands do you aspire to be like Are you friendly
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can't make you famous or make you sing like beyonce Meet me half way with talent and a good song and we will be a great team!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What are my rates. See all my terms and conditions
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative and making people happy with what they want to achieve musically.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will do my absolute best and go the extra mile! Let's create something great!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog on the way in! and Digital on the way out!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Israel Amoy and Liam Quinn
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently writing and recording songs for Syncs (Netflix and commercial television)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My latest single 'Treading Water' was written, recorded, produced, edited and completely mixed all by me.