Based in Dublin, Ireland, I have produced some of the country’s top-tier acts in pop and hip-hop/R&B such as Nealo, Shiv, 7th Obi & Tebi Rex. To date, total play count on all releases have amassed to over 1.5 million Spotify streams. Currently specialising in vocal production and mixing for rap/pop artists.
• Music Production
• Vocal Production
• Remote Mixing
• Podcast edits/mixes
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Interview with Adam Shanahan
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working on something creative with someone else or a group of people is so exciting, to do that for “work” as an adult is a pretty surreal concept, but by far what I love most about it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think that all producers are beat-makers too is a huge misconception. Some are simply the master chess player type, who know exactly what moves to make and when to make them.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their influences are, where they want the track to go & why they chose me to approach to work with them as opposed to other producers/mixers to get an idea of what the next steps should be.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a solid demo prepared, with an idea of where you want it to go from there. It speeds along the process immensely and is good practice to get into for the artist also.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Before stepping into studio work I was in bands for 7 years before quitting to pursue my greater passion of working with artists in the studio about 3 years ago. I’m mostly self taught but at the beginning was mentored by the prestigious Philip Magee who taught me the basics and what the principles are of being a music producer. I still work with him on occasion, which is always cool. Two years ago I moved into the studio in Dublin with Cormac and the rest is history.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean, honest and thorough, with a particular attention to the artists’ vision for their project.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I think that the artists I like to listen to already sound great because of the team of people they’re working with, so for the most part I would just like to keep doing what I’m doing and discover new artists as I go, which is always so exciting. If I had to pick one though it would have to be Frank Ocean. I’d love to step into that process for a day.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure you aren’t imposing your vision on a project. You’ve been hired because the artists trusts you to get them to where they need to be, but remember it’s not your song. You’re there to serve it, not yourself.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I move between rap, pop and R&B mostly, but I feel I could serve most genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal production/mixing, hands down. I love it and it’s been received well across the board in multiple genres.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I believe that I have a personable approach that generates a lot of trust between me and the artists I work with, which leads to open and honest feedback from both sides. I also have an ear for mix balance, which I think is putting me out in front of most others in the country right now.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don’t think there’s such thing as a typical work process in this game, you work differently depending on the project and it’s requirements. The important thing is to get the end result the artists wants for themselves.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run a private studio in Dublin, Ireland with another producer called Cormac Butler, that we don’t necessarily advertise but use as our own space for our clients. It’s a small spot, but that’s cool because it’s gives a more homely and comfortable feel. We have some of the best gear out there in terms of mics, preamps and studio monitors, which I think is what’s currently setting our place apart from all the other Irish studios right now.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I think Mike Dean mixes and provides a magic touch to anything he works on like nobody else, and I am hugely inspired by the work of Rick Rubin across his career.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: This ranges per project; I could be doing anything from full recording and production on a record to co-writes and arrangement or simply just vocal production or additional production, the list is endless!