As engineer and producer, I have realized more then 150 albums and as composer my music is used in over 150 television programs. My specialty is working close to the artist/performer to translate the essentials story of the music into a finished product.
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Interview with Hans Timmermans
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the time, I produce side by side with the artist/performer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Sakamoto, BT, Brain Eno, Trevor Horn
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: After working for more then 10 years with analog gear. Now most of the time it's all in the box with 3 monitor systems. Still loving my 30 year old NS10 and now most of the time i use my KRK's.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Balancing, spacing, wideness, character..
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm focused on the essential story which the music should tell.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Clear and fast decision making.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Cinematic music, IDM, crossover, rock
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Big dynamics can be made with silences.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Amon Tobin
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Love to impress the customer. The customer is always right
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: While playing in several bands as bass player and composing music for television i wanted to learn to produce the music i wrote. Now I'm fulltime working freelance on music and media.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, keyboard, monitors, soundcard and mics
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust the best intentions of the people you hire and they work as hard as the can.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: what is the 5 most important aspects of this song/tracks
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's not possible to fix everything in the mix or master.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: To the question: "Could you make my mix loud?" I answer: "The silence before and after a sound makes the impact not a brick wall limiter".
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Get into the flow of the sound and music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Create the best mix i can make from the recording.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I have to work digital, so i can total recall all productions i work on in minutes.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not yet.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing for a new recordlabel from Amsterdam. The artist is called "Marie" and composing music for dance theater.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My solo recording are being used for lot of television programs in the US.