Specializing in Indie Pop and Rock, I'm always searching to push the emotion and intensity of mixes so they have the best impact to your listeners. Let's make your song exciting and interesting to listen to!
With over a decade of studio experience, Aaron Bastinelli has traveled the world to work with various international artists and worked on staff at several New York City studios (Downtown Music Studios, Converse Rubber Tracks, Reservoir Studios). Aaron prides himself on pushing the emotional aspect of every song he works on and is currently based out of Fun Sound Studio in Brooklyn, NY. He has had the pleasure of working with many well known artists, including U2, Marky Ramone, Grandmaster Flash, Matt and Kim, The Roots, Foster The People, Kaki King, The Hold Steady, Vacationer, The Suffers, Lettuce, Tune-Yards, and Noah Cyrus.
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4 ReviewsEndorse Aaron Bastinelli
I'll get straight to the point: Aaron Bastinelli is an unbelievably talented mixing engineer and I would absolutely recommend his services to any artist, big or small, looking to take the sonic quality and production of their music to the next level. Aaron brings an infectious level of enthusiasm and positivity into the mixing process, but most importantly, he GETS IT. Aaron's ear for mixing and production is completely on point and I've frequently found myself exclaiming "That's IT!" after listening to a final mix. Give him a shot at mixing your next project, he's the real deal.
Aaron is genuine triple-threat talent. He can engineer, mix, and produce at the very highest level and does so without ego or pretense. I have worked with Aaron on numerous projects with several different bands and the recordings we made together are some of the best in my career. He’s incredibly well versed in all different flavors of pop music and would be my first call on anything from hardcore to bounce. Maybe the most important thing I can say is Aaron is just an awesome dude. He’s the guy you want in the room when you’re in an expensive studio trying to make the most of it.
I’ve worked with Aaron on multiple projects. He was an integral part of my record The Morning Bell by Jesus On The Mainline for Ropeadope Records.
His knowledge and expertise of his craft are of the highest order.
Aaron has the rare quality of fully investing in a project without sacrificing his honest and well-articulated opinion. I relied heavily on this expert opinion and his cool-tempered delivery made it easy to make tough calls.
I recommended him without qualification.
Aaron is a fantastic engineer. He makes your musics sound huge. He is really creative, and he makes your stuff sound better than you could imagine it being. He is super responsive to client needs and very personable. Having worked at many studios with many engineers I can confidently say he is about the best there is to work with!
Interview with Aaron Bastinelli
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being able to emotionally impact listeners through music. It's a dream job being able to sit in my studio every day and work on art that I know will help to improve peoples lives.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: They're both tools! It's like asking if you prefer a hammer or a screw driver. There are benefits to both, and appropriate times to use them.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to push myself and your song as far as I can go with it. I also promise to listen to what you want and your desires, and then do what is best for the song.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The number one thing that will make a mix great is having a great arrangement. So with that in mind a mix will only be as good as the song allows it to be. I've certainly worked some magic in the past, but the better the song the better the mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: People tend to hire me because I'm constantly searching to make my mixes more explosive and interesting. When your fans listen to your songs I want them to be affected by the emotion and impact of the song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always like to know what their influence was for the song or songs we're working on. I often ask them to put together a Spotify playlist of the songs they were using as guides for the production, which helps me get into the same head space.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have your files cleaned up and organized, keep effects on that are crucial to the sound, but take off any unnecessary compression, EQ, or reverb/delays that can be easily recreated by your mix engineer. On top of that understand the time and effort that goes into mixing or producing a song!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Vibey, explosive, and interesting!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: As a producer I'm very good at trimming the fat on songs, as a mixer I'm very good at creating space and room, and making sections dynamically flow into each other.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After having an in depth conversation with the artist and/or producer, receiving the files, and organizing my session I first push up all the faders and start getting a sense for the song and what elements inspire me. After that I push everything down and start building up the mix starting with the rhythm section. I start my focus on getting the rhythm and lead items to work together and feel good, that usually involves starting with the drums and building a foundation with that, the bass items, and vocals. From there I start to fill out other rhythm items and build around the groove and feel I've established. At that point it's all about adding the rest of the elements and keeping things feeling good and dynamic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio was professionally designed by John Brandt and is flat down to 15hz! I have a comprehensive monitoring set up where I mainly use a pair of Adam S3H's and Amphion Two15's. The Amphions are tied to a pair of subs which allow me to monitor sub frequencies extremely well (also thanks to my rooms design!). I use a hybrid mixing set up where I mix mostly with in Pro Tools, but also use a variety of outboard gear including Distressors, 1176, SSL 4000 bus compressor, API 2500, Crane Song STC-8, and lots of fun outboard reverbs and delays. One of my favorite outboard reverb units is a 1960's tube spring reverb unit that has such a cool sound. Outside of my mixing set up I have a ton of guitars, amplifiers, keyboards, and percussion items I use when producing. My keyboards include pieces like a Roland Juno-106, early 70's Moog Model D, Prophet VS, and lots of other units by Oberheim, Roland, and Waldorf. Two of my favorite pieces are a real NES that's been converted into a synthesizer which gives VERY authentic 8-bit sounds, and a rare Steiner Parker Synthacon which is a bizarre and amazing sounding monophonic synth. Originally I'm a guitar player, so I have some fantastic guitars and amps that I've curated over the years. I have several guitars including a custom 59' inspired strat and a 72' special, as well as a custom franken-fender bass, and a 1959 reissued Les Paul with PAF pick ups. For amps I have a Fender Bassman and mid 70's Twin Reverb, handwired Vox AC-30, Marshall, and vintage Silvertone.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a mixer I'm heavily influenced by Manny Marroquin and Serban Ghenea. As a producer I admire the work of Blake Mills and Kevin Parker.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My full time job as a freelancer centers around providing either mixing and editing work, or producing and artist development.