Mark Weber is an audio engineer from the North Chicago Suburbs. He has worked extensively with bands in the pop-punk, metal, hardcore, emo, and alternative rock scenes of Chicago. He has also done a lot of work with singer-songwriters to improve their songwriting.
Mark Weber is an audio engineer from the North Chicago Suburbs. He takes pride in working with musicians to bring their projects to life. His extensive experience in tracking, mixing, and mastering will elevate your music, regardless of where it is in the creative process.
As a musician, Mark has played guitar, bass, and been the singer in multiple bands across many different genres. He has played hardcore punk, post hardcore, pop-punk, and metal. Most notably, he has released three solo rock albums in which he composed all guitar, bass, drum, and vocal parts. This experience allows him to provide critical feedback on song structure, arrangement, melody and harmony relationships. This knowledge allows him to bring a fresh perspective and create additional instrumentation, if required, that will fit naturally in your song and help you achieve your desired sound.
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Interview with Southgate Music Studios
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on an EP with my wife.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: My dream would be to work with Coheed and Cambria because that is the band that inspired me to start playing guitar.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Start by programming your drums and bass. This allows for changes to the song to be made easily. It is much simpler to edit drum and bass midi than it is to rerecord the drums and bass because we decided to change strummed guitar chords to staccato chords instead. The first instinct is to record drums first but they really should be one of the last things recorded.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have worked on punk, rock, metal, folk, electronic, recordings of Broadway show-tunes and many more genres. Hard rock and pop-punk are some of my absolute favorites.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skills are songwriting and mixing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a songwriter myself who has released many albums, I can bring in expertise on songwriting, instrumentation, and arrangements. This helps to give clients a fresh perspective on what can be done differently in their song. While I provide my feedback I do also understand that the end decision belongs to the client.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: This entirely depends on the project and client. My goal is always to be flexible and do what needs to be done. THe goal is always to do whatever is needed in order to make a song sound the best it possibly can.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is set up in my home which provides the best opportunity to strike while the iron is hot. There have been countless times I've loaded up pro tools at 2 am because I had a great new idea wake me up. There is plenty of space for tracking live and also isolation for separating out instruments.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: A couple of my favorite current producers are Sam Pura and Colin Brittian. As far as musicians my influences are bands like Coheed and Cambria, At the Drive-In, Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, and many others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do for local clients if full service (tracking, mixing, and mastering) but for online clients it is typically mixing. One very common thing I do with clients is provide feedback on their songwriting, structure, and instrumentation.