Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I composed the soundtrack for a big brand commercial. My role was to come up with a composition that would fit the feel of the movie, although I only had a storyboard to begin with. I'm proud because the visuals, actors and music work nicely together.
What are you working on at the moment?
Two remix contests and a soundtrack project for a client, something short and uptempo.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog emulation in a digital world so listeners think it's all tubes and warmth, while it was my cold hexacore processor doing all the work.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You'll get the music or sound you need and I'm very willing to adjust until you like it.
What do you like most about your job?
Creativity and technology coming together.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
They mostly ask for a new composition that matches certain reference tracks - more or less. My answer is a track that is inspired by the reference tracks but does not sound like it.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I'm a DJ.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
The goal of a project, durations/variations of the music I need to make. Also, if there's a written context such as a script or storyboard, that would be nice.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Try to be specific in your needs, the better my outcome will match what you were looking for.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A synth, a laptop, an audio interface, headphones and lots of VST instruments.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I founded my own music production company in 2010, since then doing remixes and soundtracks for a range of clients.
How would you describe your style?
Can you share one music production tip?
Use EQ on all your tracks and I mean: ALL your tracks. Remove the low-end on instruments that will otherwise clash with the kick and bassline. Use subtle parallel compression on the drum bus, makes things punchier.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Lounge, pop, orchestral.
What's your strongest skill?
Coming up with new chord progressions for an existing melody.
What do you bring to a song?
New ideas, such as a cool chord progression or a mix of dreamy and uptempo vibes.
What's your typical work process?
For soundtracks, I usually get a storyboard or script and start recording the mood with some melodies or chord progressions. After that it's layering tracks and arrange the whole thing. For remixes, see http://www.michielvanerp.com/my-remix-approach/
Tell us about your studio setup.
I'm working in a VST based setting, with mostly virtual instruments controlle by two workstations. Also featuring a Mackie mixing desk and an RME audio interface.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Vangelis, Underworld, Sigur Ros.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I create soundtracks for videos and musicals. Also, I do a lot of remixes.