What are you working on at the moment?
I`m mixing a new track for my new client Martin Verdi
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Tiffany Fred, Demi LaVoyce - awesome singers. I`ve mixed few tracks with their vocals
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I do it about 20 years now
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I like to work with voices and I'm lucky to work with a lot of great singers.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Rock, Dance, RNB, Soul ... actually it's quite a long list
What's your strongest skill?
Tell us about your studio setup.
Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Genelec Monitors, Waves Mercury Bundle, Lots Of Other Plugins, Universal Audio Apollo Twin, Apple Mac Pro, ARC 2 advanced room correction system
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I specialise in audio mixing, mastering (Including Mastering For iTunes) and production.You may send me your multitrack session for mixing or mixed file for mastering. Also you may send me a demo and I'll make truly "commercial" sounding music production out of it.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I like our track "I'm on fire" with Scarlett Quinn (British X-Factor) My role was - producer, mix and mastering engineer, I also like "My Enemy" by Terrell Carter. Same role - producer, mix and mastering engineer
Analog or digital and why?
Digital with analog modeling. These days it sounds really good and gives more flexibility than analog only
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
We will not stop until you 100 happy
What do you like most about your job?
It's what I wanted to do! I love it
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Common question..."can I have a discount?" )))
I usually give discounts to regular clients
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Some people think that you can't be a pro in more than 1 area. It's not about me. I produce, mix and master at same professional level
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do you want it to sound like?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
It's a good idea to listen to audio examples
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Mac, genelec, apollo twin, guitar, midi keyboard
How would you describe your style?
Attention to detailes
Can you share one music production tip?
Production Tip: We can use electronic drum sounds, but double each kick and snare with real live drum samples (there should be about 16 different samples) This way electronic sounding track gets some real live feel and slight difference in every hit. It makes really big difference, making you feel real groove.
Mixing Tip: For really wide and impressive lead vocal in choruses we can make 2 different copy of it. First copy with formant shifted up and delayed for about 11 milliseconds, second copy has modulated pitch (+ - 14 cents) and delayed for about 5 milliseconds. Together with a lead vocal these additional copies (panned hard left and right) make really big impact.
Mastering Tip: I use ARC2 system to make my control room spectrum ideal flat. It makes me hear every nuance and be sure that master will sound good outside the studio.
What do you bring to a song?
I like when record has a groove, when it has something catchy and moving. I also like when vocal sounds like a real "Star" I know how to do it.
What's your typical work process?
First, we need to discuss everything. I pay a lot attention to client's suggestions. We can discuss some references of music style or sound, any "classic" and creative production methods.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dr Luke, Dave Pensado, Jack Joseph Puig, Pharrell, Kanye West, Alex da Kid