Hi! I'm Michael, aka Micimago, and I would love to help you achieve the sound you deserve. I take pride in helping other artists build their songs, just as much as I love working on my own music.
I am a producer/engineer based in Malta. I started out by producing dance music around a decade ago but this slowly evolved into a constant exploration of sound design and genre exploration. This pursuit led to a significant amount of hours working on achieving a good mix and master.
After working on my own music for a while, I started getting requests to work on other artists' music. This spans from initial production, post-production, mixing, mastering and sometimes, all of them together.
For me, working on another artist's song is more than just providing a service. Being able to help other people with my own skills is something that gives me a huge sense of satisfaction. Apart from that, collaboration is the best way to learn and explore new waters.
Songs I have worked on have reached the number 1 spot on several charts, with some of them bringing in some awards as well (Best Dance Track, Best Dance Artist x2).
I believe that my speciality is taking a good idea to the next level. I will make sure that you are satisfied with my work; after all, it will also have my stamp on it.
Let's work together! Get in touch!
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Interview with Micimago
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am part of a musical group called MTEAM which is made up of 4 producers. Apart from being heavily involved in the production, I took the role of the mixing and mastering engineer and the results are some of my best work.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on two of my own singles, and have some mixing projects.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A mixture of both. Analog for the raw and human element, digital for the efficiency.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will make sure to do my best to give you more than you were expecing.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to become a part of someone else's art.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Do you have any specific genres you work in? A: My profession is Dance Pop, but I am very versatile. I even have produced Rock songs for instance. Q: What is your fee? A: It depends on the project and what you are expecting from me. I don't like to charge by hour because that usually hinders the creative process.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm just a DJ..
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What they are expecting from me, what are their reference tracks and if they have any deadlines.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: We should communicate properly before staring working on a project. That is the best way to get an efficient work flow and a high quality product.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Beyerdynamic headphones, a midi keyboard, a generator and a camera to document my journey (content is king!).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been producing music for a decade. It started out as a hobby, and it is know one of my main income streams.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Full, fresh and versatile.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Calvin Harris, because of his versatility and ability to stay at the top of the game. (And because he has every synth in the world.)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you're working on a song and you end up in a rut, sometimes you need to see if the previous steps were done right. If someone is having trouble during the mastering stage, it might be the case that the mix was not done properly. In other words, you cannot polish a turd.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Dance Music and Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing songs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My speciality is taking something to the next level. If the artist gives me a rough piano idea, I will turn that into a proper production. If the production is already done, I can go through the process of mixing the song, and giving it the final polish by mastering.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends my role on the project. If I'm producing a track from scratch, I need to understand what the artist's vision is. If I'm taking a role which comes later on to the process, like as a mixing/mastering engineer, the vision would be clear already. In that case, I would need to know where the artist would like to position the song in the market so I would act accordingly.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is based around a MacBook Pro, I use a pair of Adam T7V and record and monitor through a UAD Apollo Twin X. I also have a small collection of hardware synths which includes the Behringer Poly D, Korg Minilogue XD, Roland System-1 and an Arturia Drumbrute.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: FINNEAS, Ryan Tedder, Calvin Harris, Rick Rubin.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am either approached from artists to produce, mix and master their songs, or approached by other producers to mix and master a song they are working on.