Davide Sonten has been working for many years Internationally as a Sound Engineer and Music Producer with artists such as Veronika (Tricky, Subsonica), Mauro Picotto, CRW Project, Miss Groovy, Marina and the Diamonds, Noisette, Groove Armada, Hugh Burns London-based Scottish guitarist (George Michael, Joan Armatrading, Paul McCartney etc.)
Davide Sonten has been working in the music industry internationally for many years as Sound Engineer, Music Producer and Recording Artist.
He started his music studies at music College where he studied Piano and Singing and later on he graduated in Audio Engineering at SAE College in London UK, where he worked as a freelance Sound Engineer and Music Producer for many years.
He has been signed as Music Producer and Mixing Engineer to the record labels MEDIA RECORDS, UMM, BXR (Mauro Picotto, Gigi D’Agostino, 49ers, Cappella, Joy Kitikonti, Miss Groovy). During his career he worked with many independent and world-renowned artists such as: Veronika (Tricky, Subsonica), Mauro Picotto, CRW Project, Miss Groovy, Marina and the Diamonds, Noisette, Groove Armada, Mark Ronson, Hugh Burns London-based Scottish guitarist (George Michael, Joan Armatrading, Paul McCartney etc.) Cosimo Keita Cadore international renewed Drummer (Shakira, Lionel Richie, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Eddy Grant, the London Symphony Orchestra, Nelly Furtado etc.).
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Interview with Davide Sonten
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: On the top of the usual Mixing I am working on a song production for and American Band and and EP for another American Female Artist.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: This a big debate. Years ago I would have said Analog without any doubt, today the Digital world has archived such high levels that, even if there is still difference, now is really small.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise punctuality, honesty and professionality. For all the rest I do my best to achieve the clients expectations and to put my skills at their service.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The Music, working with music, people and Artists. Music has always been my life.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you use to mix in terms of gear?, Who did you work with?, Can I listen to some of your works? I think they are all fair questions.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can do miracles.... if I have to mix a bad recording or a bad production for how much effort I can put on it it will never sound like a proper Record. I am not saying that has to be a perfect recording or production but for how much creative are those 2 processes there are always few basic rules to follow to obtain a good result.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Well first of all trying to know each other to understand the Artist and then what they want to achieve and what kind of results are looking for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Contact me have a chat and if there is a good vibe and you like what I do, let's work together.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A microphone, a keyboard, speakers, a sound card, and a computer.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Many years. Music in general has always been in my blood since I was child. I started singing when I was a child then I started to study Piano when I was 12... and from there all started.... Professionally has been more or less 22 years considering Singing, Producing, Recording and Mixing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Maybe is silly but I never know what to answer when they ask me this, even because it mutates a lot depending on the mood and production I have to do. I am an Artist and a singer songwriter too so I am quite creative. I an go from a classic just piano and Voice to the extreme drum and bass production. It depends
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: ehehe there are sooooo many. Anyway one is Madonna because has always been innovative. Sia because I love her voice and style. Maroon 5 for the great productions. Billie Eilish because is innovative and for her particular voice. One Republic for their productions.... then the list can go on....
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Well yes, follow always your instinct and where the song takes you... get inspire by others but not copy.. you will always be different anyway and this is your gold pot. Be Yourself Be Diffrent!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with different genre of music but mainly with Electronic, Pop, Pop-Rock and dance.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: On a personal side I have a great people skill, I love meeting and working with other people and Artist because there is always something to learn from everyone. it is an enriching experience and we will never stop to learn. On the technical side I love as much Producing as Mixing so I consider myself good in both. There is one thing especially regarding the Productions, does not matter much the genre but the song I decide to produce has to give me something, if I do not feel anything listening to the song usually I pass.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It is inevitable that I always put a bit of my taste in a song but at the end of the day the main thing is the production, the song that has to shine and that the client is happy. Mixing is a great and delicate process but is there to add value to a song and make it fly. Producing is fascinating and is kind of similar to Mixing but even more complex because you need to able to understand the Artist, his/her feelings and bring to life his/her brainchild.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Regarding Mixing first I listen to the rough mix the client send me to understand the sound the artist is after. On the Top of that I always ask the client some reference tracks. Once I know what the client wants I start the Mixing process to bring the production to the next level and matching the artist expectations.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly in the box. My DAW are Pro Tools for mixing and Logic Pro X for productions. I use Focal Twin6 BE for the monitoring and Apogee Converters. I own a big collection of Plugins (Waves, Eventide, Plugin Alliance, McDSP, Acustica Audio, SSL, IK Multimedia, iZotope, Native Instruments, Arturia, Spectrasonics etc.) to satisfy all my needs and to give the right sound to the song I am mixing or producing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are many and in different genre of music so is difficult to choose. In terms of Music Producers I admire Sir Greg Wells, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Camel Phat, Mark Ronson.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly work as a Mixing Engineer and Producer with new and established artists.