I've toured the country and amassed thousands of streams in the metal band, "Hallow Point". Having an artist perspective has allowed me to fully understand the importance of a great sounding track. Let me take the knowledge I've acquired and apply it to your upcoming project.
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Interview with Brandon Bollinger
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: When I was in the metalcore band "Hallow Point". We had our first EP produced by Andrew Wade. I co-wrote, pre-produced, played bass and sang on that record. It was my first real experience creating a professional record. I learned a great deal from that experience. We were able to tour on that record for 3 years and amass thousands of streams.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Wrapping up an EP for a St. Louis local and recording some cover songs!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't unfortunately, I'm new to SoundBetter!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I'm a digital guy. It's incredibly efficient. On top of that, you're able to recall sessions much easier, change things on the fly, and keep your studio desk clean and tidy!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To care about your vision, to aid in your success, and to deliver you the best possible product.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being able to work on music all day from the comfort of my home.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we are able to magically transform your track to sound like their favorite artist. Mixing & Mastering is absolutely vital, but aren't miracle workers.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to accomplish with this track/record? That's the main question that I ask, I want to genuinely contribute to the success of the artist. I want to know their plans for not only their artistic vision but their business decisions as well.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you have all the basics down. You need to have great songwriting, well recorded tracks, well edited tracks, and most of all you need to be proficient in your instrument of choice. It's difficult to judge with music, but you need to be honest with yourself to find out what you're lacking. An engineer can't magically make your sound professional. On top of that, make sure you plan out your budget to be able to afford other things like marketing, music video production etc. You don't want to spend your entire budget solely on engineering.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, monitors, interface, headphones, and guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started by recording my own music and playing in metal bands. It led me to tour the country for 3 years. After touring heavily, I decided that a career in the studio better suited me. I've been writing, recording, mixing, mastering and performing my own music for the last decade.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Loud and punchy!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Linkin Park. Their sound personifies my entire childhood. I was big into hip-hop, nu-metal, and rock when I was young. They were the only band to satisfy my eclectic taste.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If the recording doesn't sound professional without any processing, it never will.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my clients are primarily rock bands, but I come from a metal/metalcore background.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is picking apart what is weak about a song and enhancing it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I attempt to bring the best out of any track. Whether that is through editing or post-fx. I try to highlight songs best elements and make it sound original and competitive.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work entirely ITB (in-the-box). In today's world, it's viable and highly efficient. I have access to the world's best plug-ins.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I converted a spare bedroom into a fully treated studio space. Fit with a high-end PC, top notch audio converters, and trust-worthy monitoring.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andrew Wade, Chris Lord-Alge, Joey Sturgis
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote editing, mixing, and mastering.