I've put in the 10,000 hours. There is no shortcut. Come and listen.
Dallas/Fort Worth-based Mix Engineer Micah Breedlove is taking the sound waves by storm.
Hailing from the east side of Fort Worth, Breedlove got his start as a studio intern to Geoff Rockwell (Memphis May Fire, Forever The Sickest Kids, Crown The Empire) while mixing live audio for churches, production companies, and venues. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Music-Media, he has developed his career as both a live and studio mix engineer.
Breedlove is on the warpath to build his mix dynasty and ensnare every listener with his unique approach to sound. His close attention to detail and dynamic mix method add “the glaze” to every project of which he takes part.
Currently operating out of WAX - The Studio in Fort Worth, Texas, Breedlove has keen vision for every genre on the spectrum. Whether you're a major label looking for a fresh perspective, a garage band ready to take their record to the next level, or a producer trying to get the final polish on your tracks, Micah Breedlove is sure to deliver.
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- Forever the Sickest Kids
- Kid Liberty
- Reagan James
- Saint Cloud
- Further North
- Southern Weather
- We Divide
- Ghost Dance Band
- Quiet Please
- Like Bridges We Burn
- Sam Harvey
- Little Sam
- Whiskey Double
- Grace Tyler
- Danni & Kris
- Always The Alibi
- Honey Lotus
- Lukas Jakobsson
- Luke Chacko
- The Marla Singer
- The XO
- The White Noise
- When Forever Ends
- Ghost Pilots
- This City Awaits
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Interview with Micah Breedlove
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I work closely with Geoff Rockwell and highly recommend him to those looking to step their production game up a notch.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog for color, digital for convenience. I try to play the best of both worlds.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to play with new sounds everyday.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "We can just fix it in the mix"
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Genre? Mix reference? Track count? Key(s) & Tempo(s)? Deadline?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: In this game, you often get what you pay for. Listen to their examples and ask yourself if your project is worth it.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Earned a Bachelor of Music-Media with guitar as my instrument. Been a professional engineer/musician for a decade now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sleek, Polished, & Full
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist that is respectful and serious about their craft.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen with your ears, not your eyes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I run the entire gambit - Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, Alternative, Country, Worship and more. Check out my samples elsewhere on my profile.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sifting through the density of the sounds and polishing each part to ensure the whole creation is translated to the listener to the highest degree and with the artist's proper intent.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Not just the analytical side as an engineer, but also the creative side as a musician.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After talking through the project with the client and getting a few mix references, I'll finish editing/production before I organize and mix down the first pass. With the great advances of analogue-modeling, mixing ITB allows for an effortless recall process to make tweaks and finish final notes for the client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm in a medium-sized, acoustically-treated mix room. I'm a Pro Tools snob (sorry) with an ADAM 2.1 monitoring system and Apogee conversion. I run a 12-core Mac Pro with dual UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerators and an onslaught of the industry's top analogue-modeled plug-ins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: It's really hard to pick with so much inspiring music being produced today. That being said, the Lord-Alge brothers mixed pretty much everything I grew up on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm all about mixing. Once creatives have poured all they can into a song, I help finish editing then get it all cleaned, polished, and ready for mastering.