NYC based audio engineer with 15 years in the business. Worked on Grammy winning albums, Oscar winning films, and have garnered Emmy nomination and multiplatinum records. I've engineered for Lil Tecca, Jon Bellion, James Arthur, Lana Del Rey, Wu Tang Clan, Snarky Puppy, Beirut, and many many more.
I'm a very tech and gear oriented engineer with a passion for all things audio.
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Interview with Joseph Colmenero
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We Love Tecca made a huge change in my life. I did the whole album in one night but it was a culmination of years of grinding that let me do it in the my that I had.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've been excited about sharing knowledge and trading techniques in online communities. Been streaming mixes on Twitch as well which has been fun.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not yet
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The only thing that matters in the end is what comes out of the speakers.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: It goes back to that playlist conversation. We will work toward your sound as if you belong in that playlist you can imagine yourself being in.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's always changing. New music, new gear, new landscapes.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is this song going to be big. I treat every track the same. No one knows if something is going to hit until it does but the first thing should be just the music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I do magic, not miracles.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them where do they see themselves in a playlist on Spotify. This tells me a lot about their tastes and influences.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what your exceptions are for this step of the process.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well, first of all a source of electricity and some internet. That leaves me 3, so, it would be macbook pro, apollo twin, and some nice speakers. (Literally had to do this while traveling)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this since grade school. I was lucky enough to find something that I can be fully passionate about right when forming ideas about a career path
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm methodical but that comes from experience and training.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I prefer to work with young, innovative, up and coming artists. All my favorite artists are already doing what I love on their own
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen in context. Don't live in a vacuum.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've found a lot of success in the Pop and Hip Hop world but I am a classically trained musician with a background latin music and hard rock and metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: All things audio engineering but lately I concentrate on mixing and mastering work/
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring energy and realism to recordings. Not just bringing audio to a competitive loudness but also create a engaging soundscape that encompasses the emotion and intent of the artist.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I have a conversation with the client about what inspires and motivates them and really listen to the direction a track can go in.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with The Cutting Room studio, a world class music oriented recording studio. I can work both in the analog and digital realm on an SSL Duality Console with an array of outboard gear as well as the DAWs Pro Tools, Logic, and Ableton Live
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm always taking a little something from all my peers and the new artists evolving the medium.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work in music recording as a tracking, mixing, and mastering engineer. Mostly for Pop and Hip Hop