Chilean music producer, mixing and mastering.
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Interview with Javier Somorrostro
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In the album "Abrazo de Árbol" by "Carlita Ampuero", it is an album that has made many people very happy, it is something that makes me feel very proud. This record I recorded, mixed and mastered.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A folkpop and a reggaeton album.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No one yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A little here, a little there, there are things that work very well with digital and another that work very well with analog. You have to find out what you need the mix for.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We are going to get a brutal sound.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Feeling proud that someone felt a thousand things with the music I make.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long did it take you to get to this point ?, I answer more than 10 years and many falls.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Letting myself be carried away by the loudness war when mastering, sometimes clients want to sound very loud and you have to find somewhere in between.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you have? What would you like to achieve? And how much can I get involved?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Open up to any alternative ideas that come up, let creativity flow.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, my monitors, my interface, my midi and a microphone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: From the age of 10 towards beats in the fruty, little by little I was making my way in music production, now with 25 years I have my own labels "South Records" and "West Flow"
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Full of contrasts
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Coldplay for the wide creative range they have, Linkin Park would have said but ..., with any country artist too.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try, test, test, until you get the perfect sound.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, pop, reggaeton, trap.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Test, test, test as many times as necessary, until you get the perfect product.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The voices in front and a very dynamic battery is the most important thing. Generate many contrasts to create many planes.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm in charge of a complete production I like to make models and have many references, little by little building a song from percussion to vocals, with arrangements that generate a lot of contrast, going from silence to noise. When I mix I take care of having a very dynamic battery and a bass that weighs it down. Voices that impact and very specific arrangements.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A Steinberg Ur44 interface with a Dell G3, I use pro tools to mix and fl studio to make beats. Jbl Lsr305 monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rick Rubin, Kanye West
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A total work of music production, I can work from composition, arrangement, recording, mixing and mastering.