British born Live Sound and Studio Engineer with a passion for all things audio. Currently affiliated with The Canterbury Music Company, Young Empires, Repartee, The Drake Underground, Westbury National.
Worked in the industry since he was 18 years old. Toured around the world as a live sound engineer, was a close assistant and is still a personal friend of the Canterbury Music studio in Toronto. Worked on 70+ records and worked with many more bands.
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Interview with Jonny MaK
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live sound is self explanatory. I am just trying to best translate the musicians on the stage through the PA. There's nothing fancy about it, it's just about trying to get the cleanest possible interpretation of them. In terms of in the studio, I get asked the most to tune and get great drum sounds.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eric Valentine - the sounds and creativity in this mans mixing and production is just amazing. Hands down my favourite studio engineer. Mick Gordon - Wrote and created the music for the Doom game. His production and creativity really inspires me the fuck around with gear like I never thought about. He really blurs the lines between sound design and music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My mixing set up at home is almost entirely in the box. The studios I track at are far more exiting. It's the recording process that makes the biggest difference in the final outcome.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Start the day with a cup of tea or coffee. Communicate everything clearly with everyone and get an idea for what their creative vision is. And then capture that as best as I can.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emphasize moments to keep listeners interested.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Patience and determination to not leave a job half finished.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It all massively varies from soft Jazz to metal. I think it's scary to get pigeon-holed. It would make life very boring in the long run.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be scared to try something that people would normally see as wrong. That's how you come up with fresh ideas and experiment more.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Manchester Orchestra. Purely on a self indulgent stance. I love their big sounds and I think it would be a joy to work with them.