Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Sensible Soccers. I've started with them. They're a great band!
My role? They create and play the music and I do the rest, from studio to live.
What are you working on at the moment?
Mixing an experimental rock band from Lisbon, Portugal.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I'm new to SoundBetter.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog and digital. Try to use the best of both worlds.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
It is over when we are both totally satisfied, within reason.
What do you like most about your job?
When I get the chance to work with great musicians.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Normally, they think there is a standard studio procedure.
And I say that there is no standard studio procedure :)
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it matters more what it looks like than what it is.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What role should I play?
How do you want to work?
What's your schedule?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A microphone, a recording system, headphones, a stereo equalizer and a stereo compressor :)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Started playing with 14.
Graduated from Music Production here in Porto, Portugal.
FOH Live Sound Engineer since 2010.
Worked as an Assistant at Meifumado Records for a year and a half.
Dj'ed a lot until I was tired of it.
Been working in the studio with bands and musicians since 2010 also.
How would you describe your style?
Friendly, focused and creative.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
With anyone who wants to work with me :)
Can you share one music production tip?
Always take the time to listen to your work as a listener :)
What type of music do you usually work on?
Experimental, Rock, Electronic, Alternative Pop, Disco, Math/Prog, Indie, etc
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing & Motivating
What do you bring to a song?
What the band wants/needs.
What's your typical work process?
Go to the band's rehearsals and try to envision the whole process.
If there are demos, listen to them with maximum focus.
Work on the song structure and record, separately or at the same time.
Edit what needs to be edited and prepare for the mix.
Mix until everybody is happy... I am usually the last guy to be satisfied.
Work with a good Mastering Engineer, if possible.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Tracking/Summing Mixer: Peavey AMR 1600 32-channel
ADDA Converter: Antelope Orion 32
DAW: Pro Tools 12
Monitors: Yamaha NS10, Audio Technica M30 Headphones, AIWA Car Audio System
Outboard: Tk Audio BC1 Stereo Bus Compressor
Mics: Sennheiser MD441 & E906 & E604s, EV ND 868, SM57s & 58s, Oktava MK012s, Golden Age Active R1s, Heil PR40, Palmer Pan 01 DIs
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Engineers/Producers: Ben H. Allen, Brian Beattie, Bruce Botnick, John Congleton, Jason Cox, Rhett Davies, Phil Ek, Geoff Emerick, Flood, Dave Fridmann, Nigel Godrich, Tony Hoffer, John McEntire, Alan Moulder, Conny Plank, Ken Scott, Tony Visconti
Musicians: Air, Ariel Pink, Beach Boys, Beatles, Bill Callahan, Blur, Brian Eno, Chemical Brothers, Chico Buarque, David Bowie, Dirty Projectors, Divine Comedy, The Doors, The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Frank Zappa, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Kraftwerk, Marvin Gaye, My Bloody Valentine, Neil Young, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Scott Walker, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Tame Impala, Tom Waits, Tortoise, Velvet Underground
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.