SOUND ENGINEER/MUSIC PRODUCER
Sound Engineer/Record Engineer/Mix Engineer/Music Producer | London SE15 Soundcloud@adamhears | Twitter@adamhears | Facebook@adamhears | Instagram@adamhears | Snapchat@adamhears | BandLab@adamhears | Brapp@adamhears LinkedIn@www.linkedin.com/in/adam-hewitt-770369b4/
Adam has been working as a freelance Sound Engineer/Record Engineer/Mix Engineer/Music Producer for the past four years, and is currently working out of a number of studios between Brighton and London.
As a Sound Engineer, Adam specialises in Hip Hop, RnB, Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Alt. Rock/Pop, Electronic Music and World Music, particularly Arabic, Coptic and Indian.
Adam is sensitive to his clients' artistic vision and works hard to help them achieve the best-quality music that they can.
Adam started making music at 14 years old, whilst attending Hip Hop Production workshops at the 2006 Brighton Hip Hop Festival. Since then he has studied music across a wide range of musical genres and has learnt to play Piano, Double Bass, Guitar, Sitar and Shakuhaichi over the years. In 2015 Adam graduated with an MA degree in Music & Sonic Media, receiving a distinction.
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Interview with ADAMHEARS
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on a Sound Installation to be presented at the 2018 Whalefest in Brighton. It features a synthesised whale song in surround sound, performed by an algorithm modelled on real data collected from humpback whales.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: There are sometimes moments in sessions, when you witness great ideas finally come together, lock in and sync.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working professionally as a Sound Engineer, both in the studio and at live events for a few years now. First I did a BMus, then an MA and volunteered in a studio. Then worked as an AV technician in the Events Industry. I am currently working freelance as a Sound Engineer, both in the studio and for Live Events between Brighton and London, UK.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Young Guru.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded and mixed the demo for one of the 2016 Eurovision entries for Ireland. It was a powerful song written for Piano and Vocals, and I consider it one of my best Recordings. I used an M/S mic placement on the vocal and three mics to get a stereo mix of the inner piano.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jerrome Buck-Townsend, D2i Studios Founder
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the genre and intended effect, for instance a genre like Trip-Hop requires digital effects, whereas analog can compliment genres such as Funk and Soul very well.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Avoid using visual displays in software to aid you in mixing. Close your eyes and train yourself to listen properly.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz/Funk or Hip Hop/Electronic/Experimental
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Recording and Mixing Grand Piano in Stereo.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A balance of Technical skill and Artistic sensitivity.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steve Albini, Tricky, Kate Bush, Rick Rubin, System of a Down, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording/Mixing at the studio and Live Sound.