I feel that one thing that I really like to do, is listen to my clients. I really enjoy listening to their opinions and that's what makes me a better mixer everyday. You can expect great communication and an excellent customer service. I'm all ears for you and don't be shy to express yourself
Hello! I'm Christian Espino, aka Krillin. I'm a producer, audio engineer and music lover from Panama City, Panama. I've been working in the music industry for 5 years. Graduated from Icon Collective Music Production School and Point Blank Los Angeles. I produce, edit, mix and master music.
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Interview with Krillin Mixing
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Last year I worked on a Panamanian legendary artist called Real Phantom. I did co-production, mix and master for his new EP and I really loved the vibe, we (4 producers and 2 song writers) did a wonderful job with his EP called Génesis.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Trying to finish a type of live unplugged song.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. I feel like analog gear has its sound and is really nice to provide it to the tracks. I'm a more "in the box" engineer but I really like to blend it whenever I can.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will listen to any detail that you have in mind for your track.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My clients telling me this sounds amazing, dope, fire, etc.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Can I have more brightness in my vocal? A: I would make it bright but not to the point that it sounds harsh. Q: Can I have more bass? A: I would add more bass but not to the point that it's going to be swallowing the track.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes people ask me for more (in terms of volume) and I add brightness or saturation.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Any reference track? More bass or less bass? From 1 to 10 how do you like the PreMaster?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know very well how do you want to sound and where do you want to target your music
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. UAD Apollo Twin MK11 2. AKG C414 3. Tube Tech CL1B 4. Audio Technica ATH-M50x 5. Dangerous BAX EQ
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been in the music industry since 2013. First as a DJ, after that as a EDM producer and finally as a mix and master engineer in the last 3 years. Occasional latin urban producer also.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean, Punchy and Bright
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I feel like I really would enjoy to work with Tainy (producer) and Daddy Yankee because they are the most amazing producer and artist in the latin industry. Besides them, I would like to work with Sech. I really like his vibe, the way he develops a song and he is a nice guys. Other artist I would like to work in the future are Bad Bunny because he is an open mind musician, he likes to mix other type of genres on his music, and finally with Travis Scott because he is my favorite artist in the last decade.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trust your ears. Sometimes we rely on what we see on graphs and we are actually don't listening.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I really enjoy mixing latin urban music like reggae, reggaeton, urban pop, but I also mix Hip-Hop very well because is my favorite type of music. EDM is another that I mix because I used to produce Future Bass, Hybrid Trap, Dubstep, etc. Now days I produce reggaeton and latin urban music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to my clients
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel like people like that my mixes are very clean. That is the first thing that they tell me. Another thing I feel is that depending on the genre, they like the punchiness and the crispy and powerful vocals that I finish giving them on their songs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive the session or the stems and I check the balance of the overall mix. I like to color and label everything for organization purposes. After I feel that everything it's well balanced and start to add EQs, compressors, and try to bring to life every mix, always having in mind what the clients wants. If they provide a reference track I try to study every instrument and vocals to make it sound similar.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I usually work on two different studios. The first one has a pair of Adam A7X with a Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII. The other one has Focal Alpha 80's and also a Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII. Normally I check my mix in both studios.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I feel that there are many engineers that really inspire me like Jaycen Joshua, Josh Gudwin and Dave Pensado. Another great producer and mixing guy who inspire me is Reid Stefan.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work that I do for my clients is advance mix and mastering. People always hit me up because they like my mixes. They like them because they sound clean, powerful and I'm very flexible. I like to listen to my clients.