Nathan Pakka

Session Musician,Mix & Produce

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I play, write, and record guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and sing - as well as produce and mix. I generally specialize toward band and acoustic-based recordings & styles, but have interest in electronic music as well. I wrote, recorded, mixed, and produced 'Birdsongs of the Manic Vol. I' with my progressive rock / metal band Pharaux.

I am a musician / producer / audio engineer who has developed a rounded skill set in music production.

I can mix your songs, aid in production decisions, record several instruments (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, etc.) as well as write parts for them as needed. I pride myself in my ability to write parts that can be interesting, but most notably suit the song well.

I have my specialization as Metal, but have been leaning more toward a more indie / melodic sound recently, am a big fan of both (and much more) and always looking to further expand my horizons as well.

I play and do most of the technical work in my progressive rock / metal band Pharaux. We are heavy prog, but a big focus on vocal harmony and tight songwriting.

On the technical side, I can do vocal comping & vocal tuning quite naturally, and is a big focus to me as I dislike hearing choppy / sloppily tuned vocals (that aren't for effect).

One thing that my musical style leans toward quite a bit is vocal harmonies, and really making them pop. I would say writing vocal harmonies is a specialty of mine, and mixing / producing them is a lot of fun as well. I really think vocal harmonies can bring most songs to the next level when called for (personally, I can't get enough!).

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Credits

Interview with Nathan Pakka

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

  2. A: Right now I'm working on my own debut solo album, as well as the second album from my progressive rock / metal band Pharaux.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: In a lot of ways I'm an analog guy in spirit, but in so many other ways digital has caught up tremendously and can do a lot of what you're looking for with analog without all the hassle. Some things just can't be replicated, but for most intents and purposes, the software available these days is mindblowingly good and all becomes a matter of execution.

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

  6. A: Working on music is very rewarding, being able to hear the end result once all is said and done feels great. Mixing / producing in particular can be an interesting blend of scientific approach, as well as naturally the creative art side.

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

  8. A: Would have to start with the bare acoustic basics: Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drum kit, and after that it's a little more up in the air. I guess a mic and PA.

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

  10. A: Metal, Rock, Indie, Pop(ish)

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: My most standout skill is probably in bringing out vocal harmonies to flesh out an arrangement, and add a lot of depth. I believe vocal harmonies to be one of the best ways to make a song really have it's own sound.

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

  14. A: I like to think I bring a songwriting ear to any song, and can use that to our advantage in fleshing out arrangements, adjusting certain elements of a song, and really making things pop.

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

  16. A: Brian Wilson is a great inspiration in many of his genius approaches in songwriting, production, and creativity. For a more modern example, I'm a big fan of Steven Wilson's work as well.

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

  18. A: Mixing, aiding with production / arrangement, tightening up instrumental parts, programming or playing drums, vocal comping / tuning, writing parts

Terms Of Service

Two revisions by default, turnaround depending on scope. Hit me up, details always vary!

Gear Highlights
  • PRS Guitar
  • many high end mixing / production plugins
  • electronic drum kit
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