Mikkel Mortensen

Producer and Mix Engineer

Mikkel Mortensen on SoundBetter

From zero to a Record. At my studio we make records from the very beginning of the song idea to the finished record that’s being distributed digitally or on a physical media. You don’t pay for every little part of the process or individual days in the studio. We agree on a price and we work until everybody is happe with the end result.

I’m a producer, Mix engineer, I do mastering and I publish my work. My background is as a guitar player. I have worked with various danish and international artist. Both as a guitar player on tour and as a producer and mix engineer. The last three to four years I have dedicated most of my time to the studio as a producer and a mixing engineer and not so much on the road as a guitar player. This means I can get real deep into the process of making records.
What’s not to like.

I’m fortunate enough to work with some great artist in my studio. Both signed and independent artists come in for mixing, producing or mastering. Everybody gets the same attention.

I work from the perspective that I an hourly rate is killing the creativity. We agree on a price for the work, and we work until we are satisfied. I think that’s the way to go today.

Drop me a line if you need my services.

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Interview with Mikkel Mortensen

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Frederikke Vedel’s new album. It’s actually not out yet but I mastered and published the first four singles and I’m gonna to that with the rest of the album. I’m proud of it because it was some really shitty mixes and I’m not really a mastering engineer but they liked my masters the best. It was actually a coincidence that I got the call. Not really what I do most of, but I’m proud of it. Especially because I’m hired as a producer on some of her next recordings.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: At the moment I have two EPs and a full album I’m starting out on. I’m just finishing an album for a guy that writes poems and have now written songs with his poetry. It’s kind of folk/country/Irish pop. The three new projects are a German pop songwriter who really isn’t an artist but wants her songs to be fully produced, mixed and mastered so she can pitch them to the German market. Then there’s this girl that writes incredible subtle music that makes the hair one your arms raise. I can’t put any genre on it, but it’s a blend of acoustic instruments and strings and electronic elements. Great stuff. The last thing is an album with straight up pop songs. A blend of real drums and electronic beats and guitar, Bas and keys. It’s kind of a danish pop sub genre.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I’m new here. Give me a moment.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: We won’t stop until you are happy.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: The fact that I do so many different things. Talking to people, running around and setting mics up, mixing by my self, writing songs and many many more things. It’s wonderful. And a lot of hard work.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Though one. Most people have a lot of questions before committing time and money to a big project like making a record.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Can you make this poorly recorded and written song a hit record with the technologies today.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I use a lot of prep time with a client before actual production. I don’t have specific questions but the more I get to know the person I’m about to work with, the better the record is gonna be.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Go with whoever feels best in your stomach. Do not necessarily hire people based on their credits. Although it’s a good guideline.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Acoustic guitar, four track recorder, microphone, Bas, keyboard. Then I can make music

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I have been recording, producing and mixing for twenty years, but my main gig until five years ago was as a touring guitar player.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: My style is kind of old school adapted to the “new world” we make music in. A proper pre production and then committing to ideas can really save a production process.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Lady Gaga. The versatility in her music and productions is very appealing to me. But then again their are many many artist I would feel blessed to work with.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Commit to sounds

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Pop, rock, folk, country, electronic

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: To make people comfortable enough to allow them to perform their best.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I’m so used to be involved in the whole process so I usually bring ideas all the way through the process. From the arrangement to the production and individual parts of the song. It’s a delicate process though and you need to know when to back off.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: My work can be a electronic production wich mostly includes my self as a multi instrumentalist and an artist. We work until we get the right result, but most of the time I produce records where I hire musicians and play guitars, Bas etc myself while producing. Then I mix the record, send it of for mastering or do the mastering myself and then I publish the material.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a rather small studio with a small tracking room, a vocal booth and a control room. The facility has a nice kitchen to hang out in and of course a bathroom. Although it’s a small studio there room enough for tracking a four or five piece band. I really do have to much gear but I do believe that music tracked through good mics, preamp, eq’s,and compressors do make a difference in these digital times. I’m all for committing to sound s when I’m producing.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I’m always inspired to work with people that go all the way, professional or first timer.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Producing, mixing, mastering, publishing.

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