My main goal while mixing any project is to get the artist where they want to go sonically without compromising authenticity.
I am a producer and mixing engineer based in Nashville, TN with a keen ear for detail and a desire to create music that is meaningful and impactful for both the artist and listener. I have ample experience working with artists from a wide variety of genres, but I specialize in Americana, Folk and Rock.
As an artist myself, I know how important it is to find collaborators that understand you and where you are coming from artistically. My top priorities are to make sure your vision is well represented and that you are completely satisfied with the final product. Communication is king.
I would love to hear about your project. Let's get to work!
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Interview with Britton Deuel
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently finished up a solo record that I am very proud of. Aside from basic tracking, I produced, recorded and mixed it all myself. At times it was weird mixing myself, but in the end, it was an incredibly rewarding experience. I recommend that if you are able to do it all yourself, do it at least once. You will learn a lot about yourself!!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am in the middle of a rock record with a badass band called Red River Hymn. Really excited about what we are cooking up.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like the best of both worlds. Tracking is usually done 100% analog, but once I start mixing, I'm in the box. I will occasionally use some guitar pedals while mixing when the situation calls for it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will not stop until the artist is happy with the final product.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: First and foremost, building meaningful relationships within your community. I get to make music with my best friends every day...that's priceless to me. Also, the creative possibilities are endless. I am constantly learning new ways to manipulate sound.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How did you make me sound that good?! A: It was all you, my friend!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think it's easy to discredit mixing engineers in the digital age, but what we do is an art form as much as it is a science. We have to have a very specialized understanding of how music works. Not just song arrangement, but how different instruments fit on the frequency spectrum, how compression works and how to EQ a source recording so that the proper character is shining through the way we intended. Mixing can be very complex at times, but then again, there are no rules!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to accomplish with this recording? Do you have a vision for who you are as an artist?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My best advice would be to communicate your vision right away and to send some reference tracks if you have something specific in mind. I don't think that you can over communicate in this scenario. Have a good idea of what you want when it comes to your art before reaching out. I can help with vision to a certain extent, but it helps me know what to do when the artist knows what he/she wants in the first place.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Martin OM-28, Fender Telecaster, Sony C800, Neve 1073 and a Tube-Tech CL1B
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been songwriting and performing for 13 years and am an artist in my own right. I see my long-term career being a producer and mixing engineer as that is what I've spent the most of my time doing in the last 5 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Spacious, lush and warm with some pleasant high end bite
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would die if I ever got to work with Pearl Jam. Favorite band of all time.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Attitude and patience go a long way when making records.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Americana, Folk and Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Pulling a great vocal performance out of a singer and building the song around that vocal.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Excitement, clarity and bite
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For a mix, I always start with the vocal. It plays the most important role. Drums are second and bass after that. Usually, once those are in place, I can move on to any other instrument.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a studio in my house where I can do about 75% of my workload including overdubs and mixing. For basic tracking, I rent out a commercial studio where there is more space and gear available. The accessibility to state-of-the-art studios is second to none in Nashville, so I am spoiled in that regard.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pretty much anything Andrew Scheps mixes, I'm a fan of. Same goes for Vance Powell and Dave Cobb.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production is my most common type of work at the moment. I do all the initial tracking, overdubs and mixing myself, which ties into my sound as a producer and mixing engineer.