Independent Music Producer
Manuel Garrido-Lecca, Master of Music, New York University (NYU): Manuel has three Latin Grammy nominations as a record producer. He has a well established international reputation through producing numerous gold, double and triple platinum albums in many genres and countries inside the Latin market. Manuel has achieved repeated success producing albums for artists with major labels such as BMG, Sony, Universal and EMI. Throughout his career, Garrido-Lecca, along with his partner Edu Olivé Gómez, have assembled a unique collection of vintage and digital recording gear, housed at EOG Producciones recording studio in Lima, Perú.
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Interview with Manuel Garrido-Lecca
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing songs and albums.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: George Martin, Daniel Lanois, Trevor Horn, Don Was, Miles Davis, Gil Evans.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The studio setup at our studio (EOG Producciones) is a well balanced blend of classic analog gear and digital equipment. My particular taste almost always tends to favor our classic Neve 1073 Preamps and our U47 or M49. This with respect to a vocal song, for example.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process always implies understanding the artist and getting deep inside his or her music. In other words, I always put the artist first. After that, I always try to serve the vocal, in the arrangement and throughout the production process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to think that what I bring to a song is an eclectic approach to music and my multicultural background.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing vocals and guitars.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, pop, pop-rock, hip-hop, latin fusion.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always center your work around serving the vocal.