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Growing up listening to a wide range of music from ABBA to Metallica, I naturally have an interest working in all genres with mixing pop and metal being my specialty.
I have been fortunate enough to be mixing metal and rock artists remotely for the past year and I am excited to carry on doing it for the foreseeable future. Working in a friendly and professional manner, we will talk through your project until we are on the same page and then I will deliver a product to you that we can both be proud of.
Get in touch if you have any questions at all!
The song 'Interstates' by 'The Millenium' was originally produced and engineered by Austin Nivarel, the official release was mixed by Joel Wanasek.
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Interview with Joey Besch
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on an album with singer-songwriter Tony Walber, producing songs in many different genres from Indie to Grunge.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I feel the convenience and affordability of digital just cannot be overlooked with it helping a new generation of producers create a living for themselves. I work digitally the majority of the time but I'd be lying if I said I didn't use analogue equipment when I can, there is something about it that is just great to play around with!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to work with people who are just as passionate about music as I am. Having the same end goal just makes for a really healthy working dynamic.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If they can get a trial mix for free. Very occasionally I will budge on this if the client seems credible and I know it will benefit us both in the long run. If it is a stranger who has just gotten started in music and is just looking for a free mix then I have to be blunt and tell them no.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That mixing is an 'afterthought' in the production process. Even though a song has to be well recorded in the first place to be good, a bad mix can still take a great song and make it average.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask for them to tell me artists that they like the sound of, whether that be the music or the sonic quality. I then ask what it is they're expecting when they hire me and then we can make sure that we're both on the same page.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Definitely do some research to make sure you know what the right files you need to send are and make sure if a mixer provides a lists of their requirements for the project then read it and make sure you tick every box!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook with Ableton live, Apogee interface, an SM7B mic, a guitar and a MIDI keyboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I played in a metal band since I was 16 and then after leaving and studying music production at University I decided I wanted to take mixing and production more seriously. I have now been mixing for artists for a year and I am excited to see what the future holds.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like my mixes to retain alot of the 'realness' from recordings and try and avoid delivering a product that sounds 'overproduced' while still keep the mix nice and clear. I go for a 'clean yet dirty' approach.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Yungblood because as someone who listens to all genres of music, being able to work with an artist that also plays different genres of music would be a perfect fit.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When dealing with a 'messy' mix, take it in turns to mute individual tracks. Sometimes the mix will clear up when a certain track is muted and this mean that that specific track probably needs the most work with an EQ.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock or Metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Client communication, I pride myself on really listening to any artist wants and taking great strides to achieve them.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to add as much energy as I can to a rock or metal mix and make sure it really pumps. For pop or any 'chilled out' music, I like to make sure the vocal really stands out and the emotion from the vocalist is felt.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For mixing I tend to ask the artist if they have any productions/mixes they especially love so I can get an idea of how they want their project so sounds sonically. From there, I complete the first mix and send it to the artists, we then stay in contact and discuss any revisions they'd like. Revisions are completed until the artist is happy.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At my home studio I use both KRK Rokit 5s and KRK KNS8400 headphones for monitoring. I have access to a studio with Yamaha NS10s and an Audient mixing desk which I use regularly.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Songwriters and composers
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.