Music Producer Mixing and Mastering engineer Guitar Player Bass Player Drum programmer (very realistic)
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Interview with Antonio Duarte
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: References! I try to understand what they listen to, what music moves them. Sometimes, if it's not the same music that moves me, I'll advice to look for someone that would be in the same page. If music doesn't come form within doesn't work! Sounds cheesy but it's not! I don't think any professional can do a great job on a song that is not in his/her native "musical language".
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to find a Professional that loves the same style of music you love. Music is a language that has many dialects. You want to work with someone that speaks the same dialect.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Nowadays that's so easy! A powerful laptop loaded with a DAW and plugins (including amp sims to play guitar) A pair of good Monitors A guitar A bass A fishing rod for pass time!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 15 years teaching guitar and working as a guitar player. As a guitar player get hired by several artists for live gigs and play a lot corporate gigs with cover bands. Been mixing and mastering professionally for 3 years now, but I've been doing it a long time for my self, as a favor for my fellow musicians and for my students. The requests just got out of hand so I decided to go professional.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Loud and Clear!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any progressive metal band. Dream Theater, Symphony x, etc... Because the songs are very dense orchestrationwise, but still need to be loud and clear! Great challenge that speaks deeply to my heart.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The mix starts in the Orchestration!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Classic Rock, Indy, Acoustic, Hard Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Between Guitar and Mixing is hard to choose
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Power and clarity. Want to be heard loud clear? I'm your guy!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I can fully produce a song in 3 to 4 weeks I can mix a song in a few days
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Presonus StudioLive 32 S3 Presonus StudioOne5 Slate Digital all plugins Slate Digital VMS microphone Elevatte Mastering Suite Several other VST FX and Instrumets Yamaha HS7 Monitors Line6 Helix Floor Line6 Powercab Plus Several Guitars and Basses
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Guitar: John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert Mixing: Andrew Scheps
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Mastering Providing Guitar and Bass Tracks Programing Drums