I specialize in mixing, engineering, and producing singles, EP's, and LP's for independent artists and bands.
I've worked in music and recording for almost 20 years. Those who know and have worked with me would describe me as passionate about people, music, and getting the song to feel right.
In addition to learning my skills from producing, engineering, and song-writing on several records, I also learned from watching and working with engineers and producers who have worked with The Killers, Paramore, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, and many more. I've worked in many large commercial studios in Nashville and Los Angeles, but I truly love recording and mixing at my current spot. I'm in a long-term lock out in Studio B at Flying Blanket Recording in the artistic community of downtown Mesa.
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6 ReviewsEndorse Matthew R. Gibson
I had the privilege of working with Matt on my debut album. From recording to mixing and producing, Matt is professional and I trust his ear and expertise implicitly. I came away from that experience with an album that I am proud of. On top of all this, he's the best co-writer I've ever created with and I look forward to collaborating with him again.
As a songwriter working with Matt, you always get the sense that he really cares about understanding your vision and using his incredible expertise/artistry to bring it to life. He is meticulous in making sure every detail is perfect and doesn’t rush you through the process. Very professional, caring, and hilarious!
Matt recorded, mixed, and produced some songs I worked on in the past year. I would highly recommend working with him. He is easy to work with and really tries to capture the vision of the artist. He has a high level of skill in his craft and has high sensitivity in hearing/correcting/accentuating all things audio. He is very professional, honest, kind, and straight-shooting. I hope to work with him again.
The value Matthew delivers is what you can normally only find in several different people. He has the finesse and musical judgment of a seasoned producer, the critical ear of a dedicated engineer, the impeccable timing and pitch of a serious musician, and the enthusiasm and honesty of a ride-or-die friend. Matthew intently listens to the music and the artist while developing the vision for each project, all while making the client feel comfortable, appreciated, and excited. In all my experiences with him, Matthew has left me eagerly looking forward to the next one.
It was a joy working with Matt on my latest project. He brought my songs up to a much higher level of professionalism while taking into consideration the artistic feel and dynamics that I wanted. He was a blast to work with. Very professional but also down to earth and personable. I highly recommend him.
The great thing about working with Matt is that you get someone who can see and map out the big picture. He understands writing but he also has a heart for the writers. He understands the big picture takes discipline and flexibility to bring whatever project to life. He is incredibly easy to be around which makes the mixing/recording process easy going; giving a lot of space for the creative process. I look forward to working on projects with Matt again and I encourage anyone who is looking to go with Matt.
Interview with Matthew R. Gibson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've just finished a single for Denver-based artist, Elida Young. Elida and I wrote a song called Ungathered. I then tracked the band here in Arizona while she stayed in Colorado. She tracked her vocals at home and I mixed the song here at my studio in Mesa. I got some of my favorite natural drum tones on this project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently producing and tracking the 2nd EP for the band, Bitter Therapy. I'm also tracking remote drum sessions most weeks for a handful of different artists, and I'm about to mix a single for an artist from Portland, Oregon.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That we will have a great time together and that by the end of our time recording and mixing that we will have landed where you hoped to with your art.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting new people and seeing songs come to life.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you cost? I usually follow up with many questions before I answer. But mainly I want to try and work with everyone I can.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That something great is made quickly and for cheap/free.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is their hope for this batch of songs? What is your desire long-term with your art? These 2 questions typically provide space for a great conversation and it allows me insight into the client's heart and mind.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: UA apollo, mac mini, modded U47/U48, guitar, akai midi keyboard
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to mix a tune for Ben Rector. I think Ben has a powerful voice and is a great songwriter.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I love spending time in the songwriting, arranging, and pre-production phase which always makes the actual recording time smooth and productive. If we've made time to serve the song usually the recording and mixing process is fast and painless.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am in a long-term lock-out in studio B of Flying Blanket Recording in Mesa, Arizona. My room is centered around a 1970's Amek hardwired console partnered with UAD Apollo interfaces and selected outboard gear. Tons of guitars, basses, pianos, drums to choose from, and a laid-back environment.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a musician and songwriter in the late 90's. I fell into production when an artist I had written with asked me to produce the song for them. I loved it and have never really stopped. I fell in love with mixing over the years as I hired mixers in Nashville. I would spend weeks or months producing a record for a band at my studio in Arizona and then I would fly out to Nashville for 10 days or so and have it mixed. During those early years, my intrigue grew and I continued to learn. I've been mixing my own productions as well as local, regional, and national bands ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: J.R. McNeely is a Grammy award winning Nashville based mix engineer. J.R. is committed to getting great results for his clients and he is a really fun hang.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I was trained on SSL and Neve consoles. I love them and use them. But I have finally, within the last few years, come around to mixing in the box or a mixture of in the box and summing through my Amek console.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Pay attention to how they listen when you first communicate with them. A great mixer, producer, or engineer seeks to really listen for your vision and asks good questions about your songs. If they can't spend the time listening for you over the phone or at a coffee, they don't deserve your business.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Spend as much time in pre-production as needed. Serve the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically get hired by singer/songwriters, rock or rock/pop bands, and folk artists but I enjoy trying new things.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: In mixing, it's my attention to detail and commitment to creating movement and energy. In production, it's my attention to memorable melodies, intentional arrangements and my 20+ years of drumming experience.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Patience and Experience.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jacquire King, Chris Testa, and Ken Andrews
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm typically hired for mixing, full-production, or song-writing/arrangement