Hans Willem Mallon

EDM Mixing & Mastering

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My name is Hans Willem Mallon, working in the music industry since the early 90ties. Mainly as a composer, producer and keyboard player in my studio, good news is that these days you won't need a big studio any more like I had in the beginning of my musical Journey.

In the year 1997 I met Tijs Verwest as a friend in my studio and fair enough he had a full agenda for playing as a DJ, we both decide that my studio would be the place to create the tracks to be coming.

We started in the shadow, but strongly after we made a remix 'Silence - Delerium' it was the kick-start of a big journey, I worked together with a genius sound engineer producer, this daily working effort results in many early Tiesto mainstream hits, like' Traffic, Lethal Industry, Adagio for Strings, Love comes again, Flight 643, Just Be, and many more tracks on from my point of view, still 2 very classical albums In my memory and Just B

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Interview with Hans Willem Mallon

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The ghost productions with Tiesto, it was a setting with 3 equal dedicated people with all their benefits in a good way, but as in all good marriages sometimes people get jealous and negative in a bad way, we all had to learn from it.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Still learning my setup, it's rather new, there are so many options i would like to discover yet.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Bram Fidder, skilled mastering en mixing engineer, I met hem during my work for Musical Freedom, the evidence that rather young producers can impact much punch on the sidewalk between digital and analog masteirng.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both, Analog because I own a very big constructive mixing console and all kind of recording equipment, digital because I can create easy new sounds and ideas for my clients.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: We will sort all problems out until the best effort is there.

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: That would be all non-electric instruments, but to be honest if I was lost on an island or in the desert, i would pray for a quick return to the studio environment.

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: I started in 1991, did some expressive Hardcore Dutch hit songs in the mid-nineties and worked with Tiesto for almost 12 years., after a short medical breakup I wanted to continue my musical career.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Impulsive, attractive and direct on the spot, I try not to lose any time, anything that can delay the creative process is a waste of time, but sometimes patience is a keyword in dialogue conversations about musical tastes.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: To be honest, I have done a lot of working with great artists, but surprises can be all around the next corner

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: Pfff, there are so many, but more in a way of being creative, try to reinvent yourself from time to time, try as many new production and mixing skills from all over your network, use new ITB Daws to find out if they can help you out for certain dilemma's given, you don't need to be a keyboard or drumkit wizzard anymore, but your mind needs to think fast, accurate and precisely in modern needs of musical development. A good musician can whistle or sing a hit melody by simply using his mouth or voice.

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: I like a lot of music, but EDM music and all kind of sub-genres are a way to go for me. To be honest, I don't think I have no go's but let's face the truth, I can only do whatever I am doing in the best and my perfect best for you.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: I think what all skilled producers, mixers and mastering engineers can do, just make your song mine and give it back to you with a smile on your face.

  25. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  26. A: From 0 to everything, but also sometimes that little shinny spark in the center of the song, you can have a massive idea or production, but when you're just missing the effective harmony hook in your song, it will be all for less or nothing.

  27. Q: What's your typical work process?

  28. A: Use my ears and let the music speak on its own. I love it when i can contribute to a certain fixed process of production, if you want it all out of the blue like my taste and efforts, no problem at all

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: The Studio setup is based on a new iMac Pro, hooked up with the Entire SPL mastering equipment, started with the DA converter back till all in Analog chain, MS leveling, PQ, Iron Comp and Hermes Router system. I love it, but I can't work without my Vertigo setup as well, I use it like my color box, MS leveling before the final mastering stage. Bettermaker MEQ, MCOMP and MLIM I use for the Mid and the Side rack, all combined makes a massive sound. When I compose or remix, I use Logic Pro X and FL studio for quick creating beats, melodies and harmonies. But I think we all do these days.

  31. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  32. A: To be honest none, I tried to be successful in my own approach and most of the time it works, of course i also have off days, like all other producers and composers

  33. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  34. A: I mainly contribute into your project, without being a wise-guy attitude, I love to enhance the project, playing keyboard parts, melody hooks etc. etc., mixing and mastering the track is the ice on the cake.

Gear Highlights
  • I am a Bettermaker mastering equipment lover
  • but also use SPL Mastering EQ
  • Mixing console and Vertigo
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