Surgical, punchy and clean mixes.
I can't assure you the perfect mix, but the killer mix. I am Jorge Mendoza, a producer, mixing and mastering engineer from Mexico City. My workflow allows to me to have surgical control over dynamics and frequency balance. Once I have that control, I polish tracks to blend with each other, giving them uniqueness, character and color. The ultimate goal is to create space to maximize creative effects and freedom to give movement to the mix and enhance elements depending on the concept. My task is to give you a new musical perspective that complements your ideas. I'm all about fidelity to the original sound.
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Interview with Jorge Mendoza
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm most proud of the last album mixed and mastered: Tetragurú by Mindot. It is a Reggae/Pop and I loved working with the songs because in every mix I could achieve the creative I was looking for. I helped the songs to became memorable for every listener.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can't promise the perfect mix, but I promise I will give you the mix that fits into your concepts and your yearnings.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm a DJ because I'm a mixer.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What emotions and feelings do you want to communicate with your product? Do you want to communicate them? What is your main goal with your music?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A cable, a lap top, an audio interface, headphones and a microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Couple of years. I started as an artist but in college I met amazing musicians who gave me the opportunity to work with them as a producer and mixer. Once my work was out there, different artists started coming to ask for my services.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Surgical. I like my tracks to be perfectly settled to every process in the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have worked on Alternative Rock singles and Reggae/Pop albums.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is to understand when to apply certain effects and processess according to the genre, style and the target audience.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring punch and creativity to the song so it translates as an emotional product that people can relate to.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First of all, talk with the customer. I cannot work if I don't know what is my client looking for. Maybe talk about references, song/album concepts, creative traits, etc. Once we understand each other and have set a goal, I put my hands on the tracks and start organizing my analog emulation signal path.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Almost entirely digital. I have a couple of Barefoot Micromain, however I'm used to reference my mixes with my Audio-techinca ATH-M40X headphones at times. For processing I use plugins from Slate Digital and FabFilter to be able to control the analog color. I like my tracks to come as clean as possible.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Michael Brauer is definitely my biggest inspiration. I have been adopting his workflow and ideas into my mixes and masters.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually mix and master songs and albums. Mainly I'm a mixer, nonetheless I have mastered more songs than the ones I have mixed.