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I'm a young, upcoming Latin Music Producer, based in Mexico City. I'm currently up for remote work only (as specified under my name), due to well known circumstances.
Even before learning to speak, I was already learning to accurately follow rhythms, like those of the Unplugged version of Hotel California. I've been playing guitar for 15 years now. Music is my lifelong passion! For the last 6 years, I've been constantly studying, learning (by doing) and mastering every step in the process of record production. So, I'm totally familiar w/ the production process of modern, compelling, memorable musical artworks.
I'm all about passion and creativity, and I've also trained myself to be highly organized. I'm here to help you either developing your very own sound, or taking that unique sound of yours to a new level! I love teamwork, and I personally consider a fresh set of ears "platinum" ears, thus I've carefully chosen my team of amazing professionals to count on when I'm in the Producer role.
My sound is influenced by my favorite genres: R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and modern Pop music; and everyday I'm more into mixing those w/ my Latin, Caribbean heritage.
Audio Sample: it'll play 15 sec. of Rough Mix, then 30 sec. of Final Mix, 15 sec. of Rough Mix again after that, and so on.
What are you waiting for? Let's do this! Stay tuned
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Alex Eben
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a uncompelling songwriting and recording can be fixed in the mix. Don't believe that myth, if you want your music to be amazing, make it amazing right from the start. I'm here to help with any stage of the process!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I just discussed it in the previous question on the biggest misconception, but I know what most of artists reading this have on their minds: can I trust you? My answer: Look, I know it's not easy to trust and decide to do business online, but one thing I can assure you is: as long as you take the time to read, contact and get to really know your service provider, you'll make an informed decision. Music is my passion, my life; and my business is how I put food on the table and make a living. So it makes sense to say my business depends on my reputation, right? Given that, I ask you: you think I can afford a bad reputation?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar 15 years ago, and played with several bands in my teens. About 10 years ago, I decided to find my own sound and pursue a solo career. I discovered my true passion for audio in high school, when I had to edit the backing track for a theatrical play. So I made my decision and majored in Audio Engineering & Music Production. Started from the bottom, carrying cables, setting up mics, taking chances to Record & Mix Live Sessions for the artists when the Control Room was available at my first job: a rehearsal/recording studio. Now we're here: making music for a living!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Lit, modern and of course unique (as we all are).
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting, Playing Guitar, Recording & Mixing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Among the most useful things I've learned: it's best to take care of the repetitive and technical parts first in order to have a lot more time and less pressure to make the most out of our creativity.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Computer, audio interface, keyboard, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, microphones, mouse, synth, external hard drive, monitors, headphones, Original Pro Tools, Original Plug-ins and a highly trained set of ears.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have three projects in mind: La Magia, Samuelshots's first solo single, amazing musician and personal friend. Available now on all streaming platforms! I recently teamed up with Red Sombrero Records in Mexico City, they had some recordings with an international artist in the vault because they were not happy with previous mixing attempts, so I got down to work and now we're all very happy with the results! Last but not least, the Original Score for a Short Film by ImaginaCinema on environmental hazards and solutions, set around 40 years in the future. Personally, I'm moved by this kind of topics! Edited excerpt available on my Vimeo channel
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Remote mixing, of course! Stay home, take care and wash your hands often!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Samuelshots! He left a review on my profile. Amazing fellow Songwriter & Musician.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whichever, or even both! Because it depends on what each project needs and we're here to be professionals.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll always go the extra mile to meet and excel expectations!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The emotional aspect of every song. It's amazing how telepathic music can be, and how unique each and every song is.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Basically who they are as artists (vision, objectives, their message) and all examples and specifics they can provide on what they're looking for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take your time to talk to your service provider and get to an understanding before making your decision. It's best to make informed decisions, it will set the best tone and make everything smooth for both right from the start.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Electroacoustic Guitar, Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, Apogee Duet, MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X and top-notch satellite internet.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Weird Al, for the laughs!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trust your ears more than EQ curves and meters.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Pop, Latin, Singer-Songwriter and Film Scoring is where I have the most experience.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a mix engineer I enhance the message and the vision of the artist. As a musician I either complement with my own sound or tag along with what's already there. It's all about communicating and being specific on the goals of each project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eddie Kramer, Al Schmitt, Hugo Gutierrez, Gaby Cárdenas, Rick Loera, Pascual Mercury, Alejandro Fernandez, Elmar Leal, Alfredo Thomas, Jimi Hendrix, Eminem, George Benson, Sam Smith, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Michel Jackson, Juan Luis Guerra, Orlando 'Cachaito' López, B.B. King, Shawn Mendes, Radboud Withaar, Warren Huart, Paul Davids, Sebastian Lopez Serizier, Samuel Sanchez, Asallam Gonzalez, Alfredo Naranjo, Thom Porras, Simon Hernandez, Armando Lovera, Adam Levine, Lady Gaga, Brian Hood, Jordan Valeriote; are definitely on the list.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: As Engineer: Recording and Mixing. As Musician: Songwriter & Session Guitarist.