I haven't worked with major pop stars, but I've been working in the Studio every day for 8-12 hours with completely different artists for over 17 years. You can listen to my mixes and decide whether you should work with me or not ))
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Interview with Alexander Sherstnyov
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am equally receiving orders for both full arrangement of songs and mixing of projects. Every month I receive a few tracks for mastering. But also a lot of people come into the Studio just to record vocals and then mix it later. I also produce a large amount of music content to order for large media organizations in different genres: house (deep, funky, soulful, jazzy, ...), chillout/lounge, pop/country, ...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by a lot of contemporary pop music. Now there are many opportunities for pop music to sound very different under the influence of other musical genres. But I can say that I am delighted with the work of Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Zara Larsson, Jason Derulo and many many others.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can rework chords and melody to better ones, I can compose backing vocals for the client if he can't, record any live and electronic instruments, do good vocal processing, nice mixing and good mastering.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hmm, I can't say. I'm pretty self-critical. I find it difficult to judge myself from the outside. Well I guess I can analyze the audio and tell what is missing in the arrangement or sound processing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, pop-rock, rap, alternative rock, dance electronic (a lot sub-genres of house, drum`n`bass), instrumental (chillout, lounge). Sometimes clients bring quite unusual music. I don't know what category it is ... ))
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sure. Do first interesting and competent music, add to this a good performance, and only then come to the Studio. It will save your money and my time and we will all get a better result. Modern producers are real magicians, but there will be much more magic if the client brings it with him ))
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was just in a musical environment from childhood and when I was 16 years old in 2002 I realized what I wanted to do all my life. And now I've been doing the same thing every day for more than half my life.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: What a simple question )) in the modern world, it is enough to have quite a bit of equipment: a powerful computer, a good sound interface, monitor speakers on stands, a couple of different microphones and a MIDI keyboard.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please specify first for yourself how you want to sound: what instruments, volume, character of vocals, genre. Send me, in the end references. I can make different music, but you and I don't have endless time in this world.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It is that I think it sounds good. But it actually sounds like fullshit ))
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: - How much will it cost? How much will it cost? How much will it cost? - It will cost less than you could spend elsewhere on booze and whores)) (Joke:))
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: All over job! I just love this profession. And it doesn't matter if I used to work in a home Studio with terrible reverb or work in a cool Studio with top equipment. I don't know what will happen tomorrow, but I know what I will do tomorrow ))
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise them nothing. ....but I always say it will sound pretty good :D
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: ....2002-2010 - most likely an Analogue. But in 2020 and later.... - Digital. We just need great AD/DA converters, a lot of microphones, fantastic speakers and quality instruments with quality perfomance. We can use really high samplerate and bit depth for mix fantastic sound. We just need great acoustic in our mix-rooms.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I think there are a lot of cool sound engineers here. Many even have multiple Grammys. Although I have not found here Serban Ghenea))) Everyone makes a sound in their own way.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm mixing an interesting country song. But this music is not for radio. A lot of the music I'm working on doesn't play on the radio.