I help artists and music producers sell the emotions that are hidden in their songs and make sure that the final mixes are as interesting and engaging for the listener as possible.
I studied Music Technology & Production at the University of Derby in years 2008-2011. Since then, I've been involved in the music production process at various recording studios such as Studio Q, Hellenic Studio, New Line just to mention a few of them. I have already been fortuned to work with incredibly inspiring and passionate artist as well as with companies like Universal Music, HQT or the Polish Radio Phonographic Agency.
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Interview with Alicja Golianek
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: So far there have been 2 such projects. The first one was a song for the Ukrainian revolution. Which got a European wide recognition (I wrote english lyrics for it) and the second project is a song for the Eurovision Song Contest which will take place this year in Stockholm. I recorded the song, wrote english lyrics and did a rough mix.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. There are certain things that analogue gear cannot do but plugins can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The thing I love most about my job is being able to create with the artists we can give the listener a unique experience and hopefully tell them a story they haven't heard before.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please, give me as much detail as you possibly can about your project and your expectations.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My ears. I would need nothing else to start from scratch.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 5 years now. I studied at the University of Derby graduated in 2011 with a first class degree in Music Technology and Production. Since then I've been working in medium sized studios and have managed to collaborate on projects for Universal Music, HQT Music Group and the Polish National Television.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always think about who is your audience and what their expectations are.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly it's pop, world and country.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think the 2 things that I want to make sure every song has are clarity and interest.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I would listen to the rough mix and discuss with the client the direction they want to go then I'll find elements of the song that I feel are most important and interesting and I;ll start building my mix around them. Then I the client preview my mix and after that we can make some final adjustments as needed. If I'm to write lyrics for a song then I'll first talk to the client about what they would like to share in their songs and what their audience is. I always want the artist to feel authentic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Music production professionals who keep on inspiring me are Max Martin, Dave Pensado and Manny Marroqin.