Hi! I'm Charly. I am a record producer from Lille, France. I've been recording, mixing, and mastering albums for more than 6 years within a lot of different music genres, from pop-folk, alternative rock to experimental jazz. I want to help you make a record you'll be proud of, and that will help you building your career.
I have been a musician for more than 15 years, playing live shows in all kind of bands as a bass player, guitar player, and singer. After few years playing music I grew an interest in the recording aspect of music, subsequently obtaining a degree in Sound Recording Techniques at Campus des Musiques Actuelles in France.
From there, I began producing record for local bands, some being published by renowned French labels like Atypeek Records, Araki, and local labels like Pourquoi Faire Simple Records and UFV.
Having worked with doom metal bands as much as electronica artists, I try to approach every project like a new one, with its singularities and its personality. My goal is to deeply understand the perspective you have and the emotions you want to carry to your audience, so your record end up feeling just like you wanted it when you wrote the first bars of your songs.
Please contact me so we can work together and make great music!
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Interview with Bora Lustral Studio
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working currently on a thrash metal album that has a real 80's vibe to it, along with a acoustic math-rock record that sounds like nothing I've heard before. Really refreshing stuff in both cases!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love to work on an hybrid setup, so I'd say both! Both mediums allow for different technical possibilities and states of mind.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure that your songs are totally finished and well rehearsed before coming to a studio : you'll have a much better time and you'll be able to go deeper into production ideas!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An SM57, a small 4-track tape recorder, a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50x, a pair of loudspeaker and an acoustic guitar. With these, you can record a full album, and listen to it!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've produced the first record for the band Monsieur Thibault, which was a hell of a workload but I'm really proud of the result. Each song on the record has its personality, and the musicians and songwriting is amazingly good.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do my best to deliver a product you're proud of. Also I try to embrace you're vision instead of trying to change what you try to achieve with your art.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: There is a lot to love when doing this job. Just working on a song from the bottom's up is incredible, it's like building a house somehow, you can let your mind live inside of it at the end. Also, the joy of receiving the physical copy of an album you've worked on always make me feel intensely grateful.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Well, my parents still have a hard time understanding that I don't play on every album I work on. All jokes aside, producing is more about accurate listening and problem solving than gear in my opinion.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What artist do they like or want to sound like, what mood and aesthetic are they trying to create, and what are they trying to accomplish career-wise with their record.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Like a lot of producers, I starting playing music pretty young and discovered the magic in the recording process. I graduated 6 years ago and been working as a producer since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I tend to try not having "a style", since every artist needs something different. I can go from the "modern production" with everything quantized to a grid and layering samples, to a really naturalistic approach where everyone is recorded live in the same room, just like they would play a show.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Nik Bärtsch has been a favourite pianist of mine for a decade, and I'd be honoured to be able to record such a great musician. Killing Joke is a band that has put together radio-friendly songs with a real aggressive and heavy feel. I'm in love with their sound for quite long now. Daughters has been a huge revelation with their last album, and the industrial, noisey, yet somehow danceable songs surrounding magnificent lyrics are something I'd like to see happen before my very eyes in a studio.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always get the sound you want at recording stage, no matter what it takes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've worked with a lot of different genres, though I feel like the artists I work with tend to lean towards the experimental side of music, whether it's in the sound they're after or just the unusual song structures they propose.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My flexibility : I'll go through what's necessary to get the sound the artist and I are looking for.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My 15+ years experience as a musician helps me to identify the strength of the songs that the artist wants to record. I can go deeply into the parts of the instruments to help add coherency to the whole song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will often ask the artist for references, and go see them rehearsing so I can record demos for the songs. After listening to it I'll suggest improvements when necessary, regarding playing, song structure or anything I hear that I feel can be improved. Then we'll book a recording session and make rough mixes at the end. Once the editing and rough mix is validated by the band, I do the first version of the mix, then do revisions if needed. If I'm also hired for the mastering, I'll do it and deliver masters for CD, vinyl, and streaming services.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an hybrid workflow, using my computer for surgical treatments and then use my analog console for more broad and artistic decisions and the embellished sound of analog summing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've been a fan of the work of producers Tom Dalgety, Steve Albini, Ken Andrews, and Colin Marston, as well as anything coming out of the Machine With Magnets studio.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm mostly hired to produce, record, and mix albums for my clients. This will sometime include re-arranging of the songs, corrections on the lyrics, and anything needed so the song is at its full potential. I often do the mastering for the projects I fully produce.