I'm an electronic / metal composer, remixer, producer / arranger, mixing / mastering engineer based in France. As a remixer, I provided more than 20 official remixes for various artists in the electronic / metal scenes.
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Interview with Aura Shred
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My remix of Perseide's track Skyfall, I completely mangled the track and I'm proud of the result.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I Just delivered 2 official artist remixes, I am doing the mixiing and mastering for a metal band's new tracks, and I'm of course writing new music, that is constantly going out as Aura Shred or as my side project Telluric Lab.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not for now because I'm new here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: there's no answer to this because there's no blueprint for good music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If you want the same quality that you heard on one of my productions, and if I said "yeah, it's possible" then you'll get it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's never the same twice, and you never know what's the next adventure
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "I want to get a professional result" I listen to the material, and I will point to what could make us fail if I think that I haven't a solution. Otherwise, if you came to me, it's because you heard what I do.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Because I'm known as an electronic artist, people assume that I'm a DJ. Well, I might find the on/off switch on a deck, but that's it !
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you affraid if I try to make a little changes ? :)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Not real advice, because if you asking for something I'm not the right guy for, I won't try to get your money and I will tell you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: very first would be a Telecaster and a Precision bass. Then I would get Ableton Live.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: started playing bass guitar and guitar and the age of 12. became a synth geek at the age of 17. played in local metal bands for about 10 years, then became Bass player for french industrial act Pure Obsessions and Red Nights, and started my solo career as Aura Shred.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A dark blend between pop, IDM, and industrial metal.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to have to produce a track with Dave Gahan on vocals.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you're doing your music all by yourself, and are in the process of making new music from scratch, never start a session with a precise idea of what it should be. That's the best way to fail or make boring music. good music is often about randomness, and happy accidents.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly modern styles such as Metal, Rock and Electronic music in general.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is turning a very raw demo into a fully produced version in a few hours, to give the artist a view of what the song actually is, and in this process I can really tilt the song in an other direction if that's what the client ask for. This skill is natural for me, and is related to the techniques and work I do as a remixer.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When working for an artist, I always have a approach which conists uin questioning the arrangement or structure on the song and make proposition tot the artist if necessary. I'll try to find or push forward what makes the song powerful.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really depends if I'm doign a remix, or if I work on an original production. On a remix for exemple, I usually keep a very few elements, such as the main vocal or the main lead or gimmick, and rebuild everything else.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work 100% in the box, except for synthesizers, I kept a few analogues ones. My main monitors are Event audio Opal, my secondary monitors are B&W Nautilus 804N. My main premplifier is a Great River ME 1 NV, associated with a Lauten Audio LA320 Mic. I've kept a few bass preamps that I like such as SWR Interstellar Overdrive and Ampeg SVT-II P.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: there are soooo many that I couldn't tell in a few lines
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remixes / reworks for any kind of music Arranging, Mixing, Mastering