Can you share one music production tip?
Avoid repeating arrangements, mix techniques and mix setups for songs. Approach every mix differently, let it be driven by song and its mood & emotions.
What type of music do you usually work on?
SInger-songwriter, all kinds of rock, alt pop, americana, folk.
What's your strongest skill?
Adding excitement to flat songs and tracks, creative panning, automation, "vintage" sonic flavour
What do you bring to a song?
My goal is to achieve a final effect that is in every term exciting and engaging, far from static or boring!
When mixing and producing I focus on enhancing emotions that artists deliver and strenghtening dynamics between parts of the song.
I listen carefully to the arrangements of the song and try to make it as unique as possible within the realms of the composition.
During mixing, my methods include creative panning, effect automation, moody delays and reverbs, distorion and lots of volume automation.
I also tend to use "vintage" stylization regarding sonic part of things, because I think it makes the overall sound more pleasant to the ears and more cohesive.
What's your typical work process?
It's simple: I listen carefully to my customers and really focus on getting to know as much as I can from them, in terms of what sounds, emotions and effect they expect.
Everything else is just serving those needs.
I usually try until the effect of my work satisfies the customer.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I mix in the box on Pro Tools 11 Native and iMac. I use Eve Audio nearfields and Avantone MixCubes as secodnary reference speakers.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Plenty of them.
Musicians: hard to count them all. Jack White, Dan Auerbach, The Kills, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Devendra Banhart, Sun Kill Moon, Justin Vernon, Tallest Man On Earth, and some polish acts and musicians (Wojciech Waglewski, Kim Nowak, Czesław Niemen, Coldair).
Professionals: bedroom producers and big studio names :) Tchad Blake, Andrew Scheps, Vance Powell, Joe Chicarelli, T-Bone Burnett, Sylvia Massy, Glynn Jons, Geoff Emerick, Ken Scott, Andy Jons, Paul Rothchild, Jimmy Miller, George Martin, and others.
Genres: all 50s-70s stuff, americana, contemporary garage/retro-revival rock, all alt-folk, alt-country, singer-songwriter stuff, contemporary psychedelic rock, hard rock, rock.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
It's mostly mixing of songs.
Apart from that my work includes:
- production (full albums usually, including attendance to rehearsals, preproduction, arrangement, advice on selection of instruments and gear) & co-production
- engineering recording sessions (for entire songs or for some of the tracks), at studios or on-site
- track editing & comping
- preparation of mix sessions
- mastering of songs and albums