I am a professional producer specialized in mixing and mastering of metal, rock and many other genres. I am located in Slovakia. Being myself a musician I can easily understand the fears and problems, expectations and desires of other musicians.
Negative Tunes is an online recording studio that specializes in providing professional mixing and mastering services.
When we are working with music, it comes to life, and takes on a new depth and dimension of listening. We know that there is, currently, a lot of competition between bands, and because of this, professional production is necessary to help your music stand out in the flood of struggling bands. Nowadays, a musical recording is like a business card. It must be professional and memorable. Many bands desire to find and make their own sound identity, and because of that, we are trying to promote their uniqueness and originality.
Essentially, we will work together to reach an outcome that satisfies both the needs of the band, as well as the standards and requirements of the market. With our knowledge and "know-how" of foreign production, we know that sound processing technology is always evolving. Therefore, we are constantly monitoring the development of contemporary sound trends, so we can easily adapt to them.
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Interview with Negative Tunes
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Always depends on music you are working on. I like using both for different approaches.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creativity. Giving life to music, that's what I love the most.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I would say that people confuses the terms of mixing and mastering.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is their goal and vision, what do they want to achieve. What type of audience they have, etc...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The quality of the sound really matters. It translates your vision as an artist into international language that everybody understand. It's your business card that you can present with. No matter if it's label, agencies or fans.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I had a band and no money for the studio. So I tried to record myself, it sucked. So I decided to get better. It's been long journey and I am constantly developing my skills 9 years already.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would compare my work to cooking. You can't mix nutella with mustard, ketchup and pasta... It just doesn't work together... Use less ingredients, give a pinch of salt here and there, slow cook and there you go...
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be open-minded. Don't have any limits, don't get stucked in perception that you shouldn't do this or that. You are allowed to do whatever you want if it sounds good.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on metal and rock oriented music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always try to achieve a feeling and flow and I am ready to make whatever process is needed, I like to break rules.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always like to hear demo or rough mix before I get into the work process. When I hear the song for the first time I always make notes of what catches me the most, or when some ideas comes to my mind. This preparation is 50% of battle. Then I usually tell the band about my vision, feelings I had when I heard the demo and try to communicate as much as possible to see if I am on the same wave as the band.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired pretty much all the time I hear something that sounds really good to my ears. No matter who did the record. But if I have to pick, I like work of Randy Staub, Joe Barresi, Andy Sneap, Colin Richardson, Chris Lord-Alge, and many more...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do mixing and mastering of singles, EP's and full-lenght albums.