Miguel Szekely Aburto

CEO, Vato Promedio Productions

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Producer, Engineer and composer based in Mexico City with a degree in Berklee college of music and work experience in New York. I specialize in taking a project in any stage and leaving it in it's conclusion, I am only happy if my clients are happy.

Owner of Vato Promedio Productions, a music production company and recording studio in Mexico City. We specialize in Music Production, Mixing, Recording, sound design and composition.

Our team has experience working in Boston, New York and Mexico City, this has led us to be in a constant state of learning and experimenting, giving us the best tools to make your project sound as innovative and fresh as possible.

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Interview with Miguel Szekely Aburto

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

  2. A: My band, we are a electronically produced duo in Mexico city which is constantly challenging the social and musical systems of the moment.

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

  4. A: Finishing my Full Length album.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both, use the tools that best suit you to achieve your vision.

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

  8. A: That they will be happy with the result, they will absolutely love their music. I will not impose absolutely anyhting, my job is to understand their needs and justify my actions.

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

  10. A: Finally being able to work on what I have been preparing the last 15 years of my life to do while being my own boss.

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

  12. A: 'How long does it take to produce a song' is my most asked question, my answer depends on two things: One: how demanding the song is Two: the ability of the client to present proper feedback for the song to continue evolving.

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

  14. A: That work is free or not paid properly.

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

  16. A: What their emotion was/is when writing the song, what colors do they associate, what time of day would they listen to the song.

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

  18. A: Transparency and honesty is key, giving feedback in the right manner is as important as receiving it and never be afraid to demand your money's worth.

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

  20. A: Korg Minilogue, Elektron Digitakt, Macbook Pro, Apollo Twin and some mixing headphones.

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

  22. A: I have been doing this for the last 15 years of my life, this has been the only career path.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Free and emotion based, I love synthesizers and catchy lines. I also love experimenting with vocals and vocal textures.

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

  26. A: Luis Miguel, our styles have nothing in common but his voice stands alone in the Mexican industry, I would love to manipulate his voicen into new textures.

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

  28. A: There are no rules, just learn to visualize the results of your actions.

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

  30. A: Alternative, Indie, Electronic and singer-songwriter though I am always looking to expand.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Musical Knowledge and Intuition.

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

  34. A: Creativity, intuition and freedom to try something new. I don't believe you can have a bad result in music, just not the one you are looking for at the moment.

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

  36. A: Listen to references, analyze the inspiration and emotions of the artist and ask them what they want to achieve and how they want to communicate. The next part of the job is doing a mockup of the session and choosing the main synthesizers, beats and guitar textures.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: My Studio setup consists of one control room and a live room. I work with Adam T7V monitors as my main and Yamaha HS5 as my Alt. This all goes into my Apollo twin which is expanded by the Focusrite Octopre and complimented by our ART Pro Audio II channel Strip. The studio fits comfortably around 12 people.

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

  40. A: Daft Punk have been a huge inspiration all throughout my life, however, being raised in Mexico City led me to grow up listening to more alternative styles of music like The Strokes, Foals and Twin Shadow. The music industry professional that I admired the most was David Bowie, his ability to merge artistic context into his work and always change his sound is unparalleled.

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

  42. A: Music production, sound design, recording, mixing and composition. Our clients come into the studio expecting to be challenged and pushed to the next level.

Gear Highlights
  • Korg Minilogue
  • Apollo Twin MkII
  • Ada Audio AT7
  • Elektron Digitakt
  • Korg MS-20 Mini
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Fender Jazz Bass
  • ART Pro Channel II
  • Scarlett OCTOPRE.
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