Friedrich is a Berlin based Mixing Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the music business.
Friedrich studied jazz in Cologne and finished as a graduated musician. After working as a studio musician with german artists like Nils Frahm, Clueso, Konstantin Wecker, Marcus Wiebusch and many more, he felt in love with the process of making records. So he started to study audio engineering with grammy award winner Eberhardt Sengpiel and is professionaly working in that field of music making since 2009. Friedrich still works as a musician for the Blue Man Group Berlin for over 12 years.
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13 ReviewsEndorse Friedrich Stoermer
I have worked with Friedrich on many different projects with different styles of music (and am a fan of his work with other artists) and I confidently say that he is an incredible sound designer, recording engineer and producer. His knowledge of the technology, the physics of sound design, combined with his versatile musicality, makes him a valuable piece to any artistic puzzle. I look forward to working with him again in the future and I would gladly recommend him to other artists.
I have been working with Friedrich for a while now, began this year and he is really open, brings ideas to the table but always wants to fulfil your vision to the best ability possible.
he is quick and works really hard.
Friedrich is my go to person for mixing and mastering, developing an understanding for each other and a easyness, which i appreciate. My style of music is one he wasn't so familiar with but his open mind allowed my style to shine more with his touch. that is just to show how great he is.
We produced our last album with him. He is a very sensitive, top professional producer! We enjoyed the time with him very much!
Pinzessin & Rebell
Friedrich recorded our new album HOT CLUB. He did a fantastic job. His style of work is focussed, calm and innovative. He is competent in musical questions as well as the technical side of things.
It was a pleasure working with him and I highly recommend him!!
Gunter Pasler, Hot Club d'Allemagne
always a pleasure. the best.
there´s a new soundtrack coming up, friedrich. hope you are available then!
see you, tim
top. just top.
lieber friedrich, bis zur nächsten produktion.)
From the first moment, Friedl felt like more than just an engineer for us. He was ON OUR TEAM and it was clear that he felt just as invested in the music and the project as we were. SUPER GRATEFUL for sound engineers (and human beings) like this dude!
Friedrich did great a great job mixing tv scores I have worked on. Awesome sound and collaboration!
Great working with Friedrich, it’s a pleasure.
He has finest senses and ears with a good spirit, full of creativity - and the heart on the right place
Friedrich has EARS. And you can communicate with the guy! Great engineer.
Friedrich has an inner peace and passion that gives every musician security and strength. At the age of 14, he was already the most talented songwriter and bass player on the planet. I absolutely recommend him as a friend, producer and first-class musician.
Friedrich recorded, mixed and produced the new TOUR OF TOURS live/road record that is going to come out this December. Simply put: This record wouldn't exist without him. The record turned out absolutely amazing and he was really great to work with. Highly recommended.
Friedrich hat fast alle Songs auf dem Young Chinese Dogs Album "The Quiet & The Storm" gemixt das ich produziert habe. Er hat einen mega großartigen Job gemacht!
Interview with Friedrich Stoermer
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First i try to understand and clarify the unique vision of my clients, what aesthetic they're going for, who their influences are, what's their audience. Next, i get a pretty decent rough mix happening to confirm with the client that we're either good to go. Then i start the mixing process till the point where i think i'm pretty much done. Now the artist comes back into play and we finish the music together.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a open and wide sound with a lot of contrast, movement and dynamic. I want to keep the ear busy!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my expertise of being a mixing engineer and musician of over 25 years. I'm able to instinctively capture the essence of a song and sculpt it, until all the musical values we love so much appear in a exiting illusion of music coming true two speakers.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a custom built listening-room, that is made for the purpose of high quality mixing and mastering. I work with what we call a hybrid setup, which provides the best of analog and digital. Total recall with a big and wide analog sound.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on hand made music that is mostly recorded with microphones and has a kind of an old school touch to it. But i also mixed EDM, Hip Hop and other electronic Productions. I love these contrasts and so my field of work varies from time to time. I don't do metal!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a huge fan of Mixing Artists like Michael Brauer, Chat Blake and Daniel Lanois. But even more i got inspired by my friends and colleges like Nils Frahm, Clueso and the People from the Blue Man Group.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm mixing tracks for clients, who are searching for the next level of there artistic work. My main focus is on understanding the artists vision and enhancing whats allready there.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The work is done, when the client loves it!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as and still am a musician. After studying Jazz-Doublebass in Collogne i moved to Berlin to start working as a musician for the Blue Man Group. My interest in recording and mixing began to appear during my time as a hired session musician. As it got bigger i started to study sound engineering at the UDK Berlin and became what i am now.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get it right in the first place. There is a chain of production in the process of making a record. If every step is done right, that following one can develop its full potential. This is the reason why top productions sound so good. But, don't get trapped in perfection to much. There is only a certain amount time before things are getting worse instead of better.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a musician, not a gearhead.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Mic, a Preamp, a Recorder and two speakers. I think once you understand the physics behind recording, you can make a record with almost everthing.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please keep in mind, that the mix i do can be different from your roughmix. Our ears get use to what we listen over and over again, and its hard to have objective sight on something new then.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Whats your vision, whats your influences and who is your audience?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can fix a bad performance. Of course, there are way to adjust the recorded material, but only a certaint amount of it will sound fine. Mixing can only be adjusting!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is there enough bass content in the mix? My answere is, that you have to trust in my and the mastering guys experience. Listening back on earbuds, laptops and shitty speakers would not tell you the truth.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like the most, that i can work with many different artist and different projects. Its so diverse!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mostly digital. Its fast and you can recall everthing evertime. I grew up with mixing in the box. It feels natural to me.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a jazz album based on duets only. The simplicity of it makes so special.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished a album with a band named 'Tour of Tours'. They are made up of five different bands that together form a supergroup. When they asked me to come on tour and produce their new album, I knew that a normal live record wouldn’t be enough to show all the genius of the group. So I recorded them everywhere music took place and created something that we call A Road Record. Listening to this album is like being on tour with the Tour of Tours.