Clear and creative mixes for alternative and progressive genres.
George Dowding is a mixing engineer based in the heart South London, delivering high quality mixes with an emphasis on creativity, artistry and attention to detail which will bring out the very best in your work and deliver a radio-ready mix.
Years of experience and education have given George the pleasure of working with great artists such as Swings Like Sixteen, Buddha's Pyjamas and Zach Thompson among others. George's work has achieved local and national radio play and has been featured at sports events.
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Interview with George Dowding Audio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Making Buddha's Pyjamas first album 'Lobster Pot' will always be the fondest and most important memory for me. It was my first large project, and to be able to write/play on it as well as engineer, produce and mix the album at such a young age was special. The album is currently being mixed a second time by myself.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Current projects include work with Zach Thompson along with various mixing projects which are ongoing.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A mixture of analogue and digital equipment would be the ideal scenario for an audio professional in my opinion, however the impracticality and cost of equipment like desks etc means that many younger engineers and producers are left to use digital technology. As a result, digital technology has caught up and is now, if noticeably different, just as good as any analogue equipment and has capacity to deliver more.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: 100% Dedication to your project and and overall client satisfaction.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am able to immerse myself in creativity and music, which is a joyous experience.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That mixing is not a creative process. Mixing, in reality, takes a song from being unbalanced and lifeless to being exciting, energetic, emotive and musical, while giving the mixing engineer the chance to put their take on it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What genre/vibe is the track? What is your vision? What is your budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to examples and decide with your ears.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been learning my craft and growing my skillset and client base for around 5 years, and have recently received a degree in Contemporary Music Production.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My mixes are dense and lively. They feature a lot of movement and musicality, while promising a fat, powerful sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Red Hot Chilli peppers, as I have grown up with them as my all-time favourite band. The Chillis have shaped my interest in music and inspired me both creatively and in terms of production/mixing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trust your ears first and your eyes second.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative genres such as Prog, Funk, Alt Rock etc.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a fresh perspective on the artist's creation. While keeping within the boundaries of the artist's vision, I will add creativity, density, musicality and life to their tracks.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I begin by organising tracks into instrument groups and route them into appropriate busses, before removing silence and hisses/unwanted breaths. Next I will begin the mix and once complete will prepare it for mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a remote digital setup with wold class plugins by companies like Waves, Native Instruments, Klanghelm, Valhalla among others. I mix on Logic Pro X.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, Simon and Garfunkel, Tracy Chapman, Ryan Hewitt, Rick Rubin, Phil Spector, Roy Halley.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing client's music to a high quality, professional standard.