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I've had the chance to work with Julian and On Air Mastering on several occasions. As a matter of fact, I've had some of my previous clients' records mastered at OAM. Julian is funny, thoughtful and a true professional at what he does. He has a keen ear for music and will always go the extra mile to ensure his clients are happy with his work. As a mixing engineer, I have often relied on Julian so that my mixes are represented to their full potential. Although he is well versed in a wide variety of genres, he is an absolute master when it comes to heavy music.
Interview with On Air Mastering
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is making music recordings reach a place they clients didn't think possible. Width, Depth and Presence are my main forte.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Luce right now, and Ted Jensen in the past. Terry Date, Spike Stent.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Centered around the Rupert Neve Masterpiece and the Metric Halo MIO series, it's the best of both analog and deigital worlds. Kush audio and Lindell, Bettermaker EQs complete the round up.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive files from clients, either on a USB when attended, or thru wetransfer.com when not. I listen to all songs, make an assessment, then get to work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever it needs. It's basically a matter of listening and determining what is best. Now, if I get a talk from the client, all those ideas will make it into the end result.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Musical Memory. I can tell where a song wants to be based on if it sounds alike any other song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: In mastering, I don't think we have limits. I have worked on Reggae and Folk the same day.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Add 700 Hz to the bass so it gains definition.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pretty much all Metal. in Hip Hop, Shabazz Palaces (I have worked with Dalek). In Pop, Zoot Woman.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: "If it's not ready, it's not"
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have mastered many albums I am happy of. A Storm og Light, Iconaclass, One salsa album that is really good...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started when I was 18, doing live sound. Haven't stopped.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: It depends, what kind? In a deserted Island the most important thing is to survive, so I would not take any audio gear. Maybe headphones, a radar, a radio scanner.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask for a free demo.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where do you want to go with this? Are you hungry? (meaning do you want to take this all the way to the top) Is this for digital only? Do you have any refs I can listen to?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you can do it in your basement. That you can master what you mix, without having mastered first. That we are super expensive.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How can I make the tracks available to you? What format?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am independent of any decisions made in the process of making this recording, therefore lays the true principle of Mastering: Perspective.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: "If it makes you happy, I am too"
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, we live in a dual world. Digital for convenience, analog for flavour.