Mixing and Mastering engineer specialising in making your tracks sound punchy, brutal and amazing!
Hey there! I am a mixing engineer and producer from Manchester, UK. I have around 10 years experience and mostly specialise in Metal and Alternative music but have also been known to make pop songs so hit me up for your next project! I can provide sound design and instrument programming etc.
No job is too big or too small. I mostly work on remote mixes and masters.
I always aim to have my mixes as punchy as possible and very modern sounding but if your band requires a more vintage sound, that is absolutely not a problem.
Feel free to say hello and let's discuss what you have in mind for your songs and I will do all I can to help you get there!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Oliver Shillito
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Multiple albums and EP's as well as working on TV music and trailers. I like to keep busy!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both and for different reasons. Digital for efficiency. Analogue for vibe and character. Digital emulations of classic analogue gear are getting better and better but you just can't touch the real deal. There is something inherently random about analogue that algorithms just cannot replicate. Not yet anyway...maybe one day!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that you will always leave my studio ecstatic about the results. I won't quit until you're 1000% satisfied. My business depends on it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like being able to stare into someones soul through their music and help them make that vision a reality and bring it to life for them.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Shop around, send out some messages. Pick a producer/mixing engineer that has worked on music similar to yours. Do not be swayed purely by a "name". There are underdogs in this game providing amazing work. Don't be afraid to be bold and work with someone you've never heard of. Even if they live in a different country. You just never know what results you can get.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Deftones - my all time favourite band. I don't think there is much I wouldn't give to record and mix one of their albums.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always serve the song and not the ego. Know when less is more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A lot of heavier styles of music, I also work on pop and country songs though. I am not genre specific and I feel my skillset can be applied to almost anything. Give me a try and find out for yourself!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill I guess would be drum mixing. I have spent many hours perfecting this art and I feel like I can mix drums up there with the best of them. Drums and vocals are the two most important aspects of modern rock and metal, in my opinion.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am a fountain of ideas. I often have ideas for drum patterns or fills, guitar riffs, chord changes. Anything that effects the mood and the excitement of the track. I feel like one of my strengths is taking a basic home demo and turning it into a powerhouse of a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will receive the stems from the client usually via WeTransfer or Dropbox. From there I immediately begin cranking out an initial rough mix. For this I use my gut instinct and go where I feel the song is calling to go. I will then send this back to the client and get their thoughts on it. From there we will work together to hone it in to the final version which is then mastered and uploaded ready for release.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix with a Universal Audio Apollo into some HEDD Type 20 monitors. I also use Sonarworks for some final room correction and Sennheiser HD650's for mix checking. I run an Apple Mac Pro, Pro Tools and a whole host of plugins!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My all time idol has to be Chris Lord-Alge but aside from that Will Putney is the man for model metal. His records are untouchable in terms of punchiness and sonic quality.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work centres around mixing and mastering. I usually take recorded multitrack stems and craft them into the songs you hear on Spotify etc. If a client is unable to get the best quality recording themselves then I'll sometimes have them over and we'll record their songs together to get them the best that they can be.