What are you working on at the moment?
About to launch 2 amazing female artists from Mexico.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Sure! ...Luis Herrera, from Masterhead Lab Mastering in New York City is great. https://soundbetter.com/profiles/4005-masterhead-lab-mastering .aldo Herman Nunes from Felino Sound https://soundbetter.com/profiles/6083-herman-nunes ..he's an AMAZING producer.
Analog or digital and why?
Both!!... We are living in an era where hybrid studios are taking the lead. But, regardless of the recording or mixing method you use.... the most important gear in the studio is the person sitting in the chair.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That they will always get the best from the songs.. and from me.
What do you like most about your job?
That it's constantly evolving... music is always changing and every fusion of styles is possible (even if it seems impossible)
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
1.- Q: Vyero, can you manage us or get us gigs?
2.- Q: Vyero, would you produce, mix or master our album for free?
A: If you impress me THAT MUCH... we can arrange something for 1 or 2 songs, but not a full album.
3.- Q: Vyero, can we hire you as our producer or engineer?
4.- Q: Vyero, we are in China and we can't travel to Mexico city to work with you, can you produce us, mix or master our tracks anyway?
A: Of course. Technology is our friend
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Usually, that I may be a Manager or Booking Agent. I don't do that work!!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's your goal five years from now?
How do you picture yourself performing these songs?
What is the music you hear and identify with?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Let the music speak for itself... I always focus on working with good songs... that's what's going to be around for ever... not the singer, not the arrangement... the songs!....
Overproducing a bad song won't make it better... but you can produce a great song however you want and it will always sound good.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A microphone (with a cable attached), a guitar, a multitrack recorder, earphones and.....mhhh... a power generator ha ha ha
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been working as an audio/music professional for 15 years now. My first career choice was Advertising and Marketing (I studied and graduated). But music was always my passion.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I've produced all the compilation albums for the Latin Musician's Colective ("CLM" in spanish)... this was a project I started in 2009 with talented musicians from many countries of Latin America and Spain.
The compilation albums have songs that I produced remotely with those artists. Some were produced from sratch, others were mixed by me and others were mastered by me.
since 2009 we have already delivered 3 compilation albums... free to download. This works as a great tool of cross-promotion for independent artists. It's absolutely non-profit. I don't charge for any of the work done for the CLM. And the response from the audience is truly amazing.
How would you describe your style?
My style has a very nostalgic feel... I am in love with the funky 70's and 80's... so every arrangement I make usually has some retro elements.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would LOVE to work with Alicia Keys. I think she has a great taste in music and her talent is beyond belief.
Can you share one music production tip?
Parallel compression ROCKS!!!! It's been one of my favorite techniques in mixing.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop music... and any sub-genre (Rock, Funk, Electro, Soul, and so on...)
What's your strongest skill?
Vocal arrangements and Mixing.
I have plenty of great experience doing complex background vocal arrangements and pushing the limits of the lead vocals with amazing results.
Don't get me wrong... I NEVER use pitch-correction plugins if there's no need. I'd rather spend 5 hours getting the best takes possible.
I think my ear for mixing has become quite good over the last 10 years... just listen and let me hear your thoughts.
What do you bring to a song?
I think that my contribution would be pushing the limits. Taking it further... if it already sounds ok, let's make the tracking sound great, the mix sound amazing and the master sound awesome! And I do this based on the music... what it makes me feel, what I need from it, and finally get it to the pace it deserves to be.
What's your typical work process?
First of all, I only work with projects that I really like... where I can see potential or a great deal of talent. I had to turn down many projects because I know that if I don't like it the result won't be as good.
As for my studio workflow:
Since I have the analog equipment, what I do is make the instrument tracking through any of the 3 channels or through the console. If the instruments are sampled or programmed... I usually emulate an analog setting or pass the signal through the analog gear.
On the mix I start completely ITB. Trying to get the richness of the sound sources as good as I can. After the mix is done I patch through the analog gear and then straight to the console so I can deliver the finishing touches to the mix. Then the signal is bounced into the DAW again.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It's basically a very simple setup. Over the last year I've been pushing the studio to become a hybrid environment (digital/analog). 3 full analog channels with Pre/EQ/Compression deliver the best sounding signal from my microphones. I also added an analog console in order to do the summing and final tweaking on my mixes. An analog Vocoder and FX processor was added recently for experiments with synthesizers, guitars and vocals. Everything else is done ITB.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Pharrel Williams, Bruno Mars.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly do arrangements for remote productions and voice tracking. Full productions are done sporadically. My main occupation at Taxicab Records is Artist development: Getting artists ready to record and step out to the world with great songs.