I am a producer/engineer in Virginia Beach. I have over 10 years of experience producing, recording, mixing, and mastering. I Specialize in full band recordings. My heart in soul is in metal but have mostly hard rock and indie in my portfolio. Credits include Lionsgate, bad boi entertainment, Lamb of God and more.
As a producer, I specialize in Rock, Indie, and Metal but have worked on all genres. I have a degree in music production and performance for drumming. I can help you add or change parts to fit YOUR sound or just help get the best tone for your track if it is already produced.
Mixing/Mastering: We all know a bad mix and master can ruin a song. I want to get a well balanced mix that is sonicly appealing for the genre that you are trying to achieve.
Vocals: No matter what style, I can work with you to get the best performance you can give and help write melodies and harmonies.
Guitars/bass: Even though I am a drummer, I speak all musical languages. We can work together to nail the tone and parts of the song so they flow well and sound good. I want to make sure I capture YOUR performance which makes the track unique.
Drums: As a drummer I can get into fine details of each note or simply make sure your pocket is tight. Recording and capturing the right tones and style of each player is key.
I would love to work on anyones music whether its metal, hip hop, pop, etc.
I would love to discuss your project and needs and I know I can create the right vibe for you and your project!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Matthew Erlichman
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud that I have credits on the latest Lamb of God self titled album. I was not the head engineer but it was great to be a part of the process in any fashion.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on the sound design for Corey Taylors first feature film Bad Candy.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I have not connected with anyone yet but I would love to establish those connections.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Tough one. Analog for the sound but digital for less headaches. I would have to go digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I will give every aspect of what the hire me for my best and that I will be open and honest with them about the product and services I am providing.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just love creating and working on music in every aspect. I don't want to do anything else in my life except what I am doing now.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: That one question is always price. While yes price is important, If you want to work with me and likewise, I am willing to figure out if we can make that happen. I think its more important to care about the music before the money.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest Misconception would be that I am here to simply take the money. I do care about every single artist/band that comes into my studio and I want them to make a dope track that not only they are proud of but I am as well.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The two biggest questions I ask is: Tell me about your project in all aspects and What are your goals for this track(s).
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My best advice would be make sure its the right vibe for you. There is always more studios with better or different gear and you can make great tracks anywhere. You have to make sure you feel comfortable with your engineer or producer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Josh Wilbur Andrew Scheps Joe Chiccarelli Vance Powell
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Mac tower 2. The maschine 3. Avalon 737sp 4. Sterling ocean way 5. Athm50x headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: In college I studied drum performance and music production. I have been playing drums for 20 years and engineering for 10 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style varies by the production I am working on. I majored in jazz performance but I am into metal. I just love working on music in all aspects and I want to bring life to any recording I am a part of.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Within the Ruins hit that niche for me. Everything about their style, aggression, mix, and production makes me move.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One of the biggest tips I could give is use references. Don't steal anyones work but compare how a mix of an artist your client likes to where your mix is. You can use this in every aspect from production to mastering.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Rock, Indie, and hip hop but my heart and soul is in Metal. I am a huge fan Within the ruins and would absolutely love to work with more metal artists.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is attention to detail especially in the mixing process. I use multiple reference speakers and will do whatever it takes to get the track(s) where it needs to be.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my experience with not only music but people. Anyone can press record or make a song. Its more than that. It is about creating a vibe and the right environment to be able to produce the track and get the performance out of the artist.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: This really depends on the project and what I am given to work with. If it is a metal band that wants to be super tight: we will produce scratch guitars maybe have midi drums written with them, track drums or do midi drums depending on client, edit drums, track guitars/bass, track vocals, re amp guitars if needed, and mix and master once track is fully produced and edited.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a large live room with 2 sections. One has a glass door to enclose the space and the rest is open for drums/live tracking/etc. I have a control room and a whisper room for vocals. All rooms are sound treated. Gear: Antelope Goliath HD Avalon 737sp SSL VHD Preamp (XLogic) API 512C Neve portico II API 2500 Better Maker EQ Crane Song Hedd 192 Waves L2 Dangerous 2-Bus+. All listed is physical hardware. Focal Trio 6 monitors Yamaha hs5 and Yamaha HS8. etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am hired to record/mix/master indie and hip hop tracks. I work with clients to obtain the best product and get them a track they are going to be stoked to release.