Independent Record Label / Post Productions Sound Services
SlowDriver Studios is an engineering sound studio located in Portugal with a small team of producers dedicated to post-production sound services through audio editing, mixing and final mastering stage. It's a service which was launched in 2013 to work with solo artists and bands to help them on these production processes.
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Interview with SlowDriver Productions
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, David Bowie, Morphine, Neil Young, Bod Dylan, Pj Harvey, etc etc...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full post-production sound services ( Edition, Mixing and Mastering)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Our studio setup: - Desk/mixing and mastering area for the engineer. - Professional Studio Monitors Edifier - Mixing Table - A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) - Audio Interface Line 6 GX and Line 6 Pod Studio UX2 USB - Software Plugins (Specially Waves)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Follow step by step the audio post-production until get the final mastering state. It depends too what the client needs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Punch and brightness.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with any genre.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Respect your dynamic range in your masters. Loud music is not quality music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist with good taste, because it's important to work with passion...and passion needs good musical tastes.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is very dynamic, but maybe more a rock n'roller.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm a composer, musician and record producer with more than 10 years of activity. I recorded and produced all my projects/bands and work with others all the studio process.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Easy. A computer, an audio interface, studio monitors, some plugins package and headphones.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Work hard and don't quit, ever.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is them style? What work they want to be done? Where the the recorded them tracks?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't have any idea. Maybe a low money in the pocket.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask me more about mastering. If it's important to preserve the dynamic range, and why. My answer is, they need to respect all the dynamic ranges to preserve the quality of the mix, so, the true loudness is not volume, but the punch they get in the mastering stage.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like every step since the composing, to the final master. Maybe the most important of this job, is when the track it's ready to go out.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To do my work with professionality that needs.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Most of the time is digital, because is our world now. In digital you can simulate "old" sound records too.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know anyone.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My Label/Studio SlowDriver Productions as a director and record producer. I'm working as musician in my projects too.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Maybe the project that I'm proud was been a part of two short movies from brazil and Germany called "Déjà Vécu" and "Berlin Hustle" that I made the soundtrack. Doing soundtracks is one of my pleasures that I always had.