Your rules. Your sound. And the results you're longing for.
My name is Gus Maldonado and I'm a Music Producer and Audio Engineer, responsible for mixing, mastering, directing and recording music for media and artist.
Since 2017, I've involved myself to the creative and technical commitment of various artists, as well as being part of various locations related to the medium and the music industry within Mexico City. El Roro, Pequeño Fénix, Epístola, KEXP (Live From Mexico City) and Sounds Of The Future are some of the projects which I've been grateful to develop my skills.
My goal is to conceive all of the ideas, the panorama and the perspective that you have on your compositions with the same passion that we share for this great emotional context; respecting their needs and their uniqueness in the way that they deserve, fostering a learning and inventive environment in order to reach the desired objective.
I will be more than happy to be part of your artistic path! And more than anything... I want to hear from you.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Gus Maldonado
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their perks, their advantages and disadvantages but in the end, the result is what really matters. A great job comes from a great skillset in the technical aspect but 98% of it is thanks to a great song and a great feel coming from it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they'll have the results they long for and their creative perspectives printed on their songs and in the delivery.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you wish for with your project? What is your creative perspective or approach with your songs? What would you like to accomplish? How do you see yourself in the long run?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I have two bucket list artists which I'd love to work with: 1) Kevin Parker. I know I'm not the only one in the world for this aspiration but I'm deeply intrigued about his creative and technical approach to his compositions. It blows my mind every time I hear Tame Impala's discography. 2) Dave Grohl and company. Just because the world will explode.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never settle for everything you hear or learn. Keep being curious in every way.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock music and its derivatives.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: How to listen people (Which, inside and outside of music, is something I love to do) and knowing when to stop and when to step in.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I tend to complement and suggest any kind of idea within my possibilities in order to land the artistic vision and approach of each project I work on.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Obviously depends on the job, but I tend to rely one hundred percent on my job philosophy each and every time I have the opportunity to develop my skillset: Each move and decision comes form the artists heart, mind an soul. Music is an universal language and having the opportunity to hear every emotion and every idea form other creatives is something I'm deeply grateful for.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm very fortunate to have two locations for work. One being my home studio while the other a profesional treated room. Both of them have a pair of speakers and an audio interface running through my Macbook Pro.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Being in a medium full of creative people -within a personal approach or indirect relationships- is one, if not the most, important reasons why I entrusted myself to become an Audio Engineer. If I had to make an specific list of all the people and artists that inspire me in a regular basis I certainly will never end, but if I have to choose some of the most important I would say Kevin Parker, Graham Coxon, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Michael Brauer, Tchad Blake, Andrew Scheps, Steve Albini and Marc Daniel Nelson among others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Besides my years of experience, I've been responsible for all the production and post-production duties enrolled in musical and artistic projects. Music arrangement and Mixing being ones of the most important.