Phil Tohme Music Production
East-Med Folklore and Fusion
Recording and producing East-Mediterranean Folk and Fusion music since 1991. Pioneered the modern Beirut sound.
The real acoustic sound of Beirut and the Eastern Mediterranean region is our pride.
A collective of world class studio performers is part of our daily line-up.
From traditional Jazz performers, to traditional Folk performers and everyone in between.
Listen to our current Soundcloud selection of recordings, where you will find the same earthy sound, on a wide variety of styles, and the only real drum recordings in the Middle-East.
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Interview with Phil Tohme Music Production
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 1994 I was chief engineer with Mr. Ziad Rahbani and we finished recording the Feyruz - To Assi album, then proceeded to mix it manually off of a Studer 24-track into an Amek Angela desk without automation. Other than the technical challenges, and wonderful creative moments, it was the honor of working on the best of Assi Rahbani songs that shaped Lebanese Folklore, re-arranged by his son Ziad in a genius way.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Pindoll's new album
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Because they complete each other.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I am in what you can regard as music unfriendly territory.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is this intended for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a convivial meeting before you decide.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar, Rhodes 1971 Suitcase Piano, Fender 1960 Jazz Bass Stacked Knob, Hammond B3 w/122, Syrian Kanun.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Cut short a 4-year electrical engineering education in 1986, to pursue the trail of recording music in studios. Came back to my home country Lebanon in 1992 to spread the feeling.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Roger Waters because after Dylan, he is the most influential person in music history.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You have to start with a very rich library of music in your head.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Funky Folky Eastern Mediterranean and Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In music direction; i figure out very quickly what the track needs, or what the musician is looking for. In system design; i brain-storm the functionality aspects intensely before engaging any drawings or equipment lists.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For studio; Vintage analog front-end to Protools, insert a 960L. For live; Soundcraft Vi6 console with optical bridge to Protools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, CSN&Y, The Grateful Dead, Roger Waters, Jamiroquai, Muse
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music tracking and mixing. Live sound.