I worked in tandem with Republic Records for one of their artists as a producer and mixing engineer.
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Interview with MixedbyK
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup consists of a pair of Focal Shape 65 (w/Sonarworks), a pair of Cerwin Vega VE-15F Loudspeakers, a 6-core Macbook Pro, an SSL Fusion, an Apollo X6 and UA Satellite DSP Accelerator all within an acoustically treated room.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A hybrid setup works best in my opinion. Obviously you cannot get the sound of analog in the digital realm, but emulations have become so good that the difference is far less obvious than one would think. If the need arises to get that "analog warmth" then having certain pieces of outboard gear to do the job is always convenient.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping clients achieve his/her vision.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the vision of the record? What would you like to stand out in your song (ie: Vocals, Drums, Bass etc.)? What artists inspire you and what songs do you enjoy listening to repeatedly ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: He/She should have an idea of how you'd like your music to sound. If you are in charge of the Pro Tools sessions or stems, please label the different tracks properly. A messy session leads to a longer turnaround time.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Empirical Labs Distressor, Neve 33609, SSL SuperAnaloge EQ, SPL Iron, Neve 1084
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been producing for 8 years and engineering for 5 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clear, upfront vocals with heavy bass.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Gain Stage.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The majority of the music I work on is Hip-Hop and R&B.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A combination of Mixing, Vocal Production and Mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Besides the technical skill to enhance a record, I bring years of production knowledge and songwriting development to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: During a mix, I normally take the stems and arrange them in my own template and begin to work only after I hear the reference mix or have a conversation with the client to see where they would like to take the song. In terms of mastering, I ask the client what masters they like from other artists and I try to incorporate that feel into the master.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Noah "40" Shebib, Tony Maserati, Dave Pensado, to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am normally contracted for both mixing and mastering services. Clients normally like me to take care of both steps so that they can have a completed, radio-ready product when they receive it from me.