Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
An album Sleep by my band Mister Sir. I wrote all the songs and wanted to record this thing on my own. I moved from the rented flat to a garage, to live and record there. I was a producer, a singer, a guitar and a bass player, all in one.
Accomplishment of this huge project (it took me a year to record and mix everything) is my biggest achievement. Even if it sounds not so perfect to me right now (after 2 years of practice I can mix and master it better), with this project I proved myself that I can manage and complete big projects. But now I don't do everything on my own and try to bring in other people to my projects.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What band (or band) do you want to sound like? Or what bands inspire you the most?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started from listening to Hip-hop and R&B music. When I first heard Usher I realized that the mixture of rapping and singing is the best formula. I moved to rock and even metal music when I went to university. After some time I found out that the best alternative rock artists bring to their rock music a lot of R&B elements. And when I finally found out the style for my own music (a band called Mister Sir): it is a mixture of progressive rock and R&B vocal melodies. I almost lived in a garage to record the first album for Mister Sir, it called Sleep. I signed a distribution contract with Sunset Recordings for this album.
I started to work as a producer, mixing and mastering engineer to help other artists find their own unique style. And quickly I've founded my own studio 4 years ago. Firstly, it situated in a garage, but a year ago I moved to a new and better place. Now I'm working as a producer, business coach and, of course, as an artist myself.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I would take computer, headphones, microphone, some USB sound card and a microphone stand
How would you describe your style?
R&B mixed with progressive rock
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with open-minded artist, which is ready to consider the new ideas
Can you share one music production tip?
The most accurate played note means nothing if it doesn't bring any emotion with it
What type of music do you usually work on?
Post-hardcore (Metal), Pop, R&B
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
My own view based on 15 years of experiencing the Western music
What's your typical work process?
1. We discuss what to do
2. We discuss the price
3. A client sends me the files
4. I make the first version of a song
5. A client tells me what he want to add of change
6. I make the changes and send him the next version
7. If a client has something more to add we repeat steps 5 and 6 until we're done
Tell us about your studio setup.
Yamaha HS50 monitors
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I love the production by John Feldmann and Rick Rubin. Maybe every work by each of these guys
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.