Javier del Aguila is a Madrid based composer, musician, recording & mixing engineer and producer specialized in soul, funk, jazz, hip-hop and R&B music. He's a truly music passionate and has been making and producing music for the last 25 years. He runs his own studio and label and is the founding member of the Spanish soul band "VenueConnection".
Javier believes that to make great music, you need great composition, performing, recording and mixing. He's been working on these different stages thoroughly in the last 25 years on his own projects, and now he's sharing his vision with other artists to help them achieve their goals. He works mainly in Madrid and Murcia, Spain, where he built a new studio from scratch.
His music has been remixed by legendary soul British band Incognito and one of his albums was chosen by the on-line leading resource for soul music, Soultracks.com, as one of the best albums of the year. Also, well-known mastering engineer Bob Katz, who worked on the album "State of Mind" by VenueConnection (written, recorded, mixed and produced by Javier), chose it as one of his favourite albums of the year and said that "it was a treat to the ears".
He has worked over the years with great musicians like singer and De-Phazz frontman Karl Frierson, saxophonist Roman Filiu (who played in legendary Cuban band Irakere) and some other great musicians of the Spanish soul/funk/jazz scene (singer Angeles Dorrio, drummer Pepe Acebal, pianist Igor Prochazka, bassist Alfonso Cifo, Hammond player Mauri Sanchis, trumpeter Jorge Vistel and a lot more).
Javier loves and lives soul/funk/jazz/r&b music, so if you're looking to give your tracks a warm, live, analogue, fat, musical sound, he might be your man.
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Great musician and all-around nice guy, it was a pleasure to work with him. He recorded and mixed our EP in 2009 and it was really a great experience. Without a doubt, it's great to work with someone that knows well your style of music, funk-soul in our case. He knows these genres very well and recording was really easy with him. 100% recommended
Interview with Javier del Aguila
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing the guitar at the age of 15 and fell in love immediately with music and everything related. I've been making and recording music for 25 years and I'm still as thrilled as I was back then.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: As long as there's electricity in the island... I would take my computer with all plugins and Internet, a guitar and a great pair of speakers!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: A lot of them, but if I had to choose one it would be Stevie Wonder, he's the most influential artist alive in my opinion, few people have made such an impact in popular music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Composition and performance are the most important stages of the process, work in depth on them before you get to the recording and mixing stages.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on soul, funk, jazz, r&b, hip-hop and rock.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: No matter how good or bad your recorded tracks are, I will try to understand the vision of the artist/producer and will make them sound as musical and professional as I think they can be.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly in the box. I have some analog equipment but I've come to the conclusion that digital emulations today are so great that you can get the same results without the maintenance and recallability problems of analogue gear.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Russell Elevado is my favourite recording and mixing engineer, he has worked in some of my favourite sounding albums, including "Voodoo" by D'Angelo, "Mama's Gun" by Erykah Badu, "Hard Groove" by The RH Factor (Roy Hargrove), "Everybody Got Their Something" by Nikka Costa, "The Diary of Alicia Keys" by Alicia Keys, "Game Theory" by The Roots and a lot more. I also love some of the mixing work of Manny Marroquin and Michael Brauer. Musicians or bands that inspire me are all the above mentioned plus Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Chic, Jamiroquai, George Duke, Chaka Khan, The Isley Brothers, Incognito, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mayer Hawthorne, Robin Thicke, Amy Winehouse, Pharrell Williams and a lot more!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm currently specialized in mixing and production, though I also do recording, composition and I play guitar and bass.