One day, during the war time in besieged Sarajevo at the television building where I was to participate in the production of television series as a musician, a friend who was supposed to produce the project dumped his Atari1024ST and keyboard workstation in the office and said: "There you go, enjoy making music" and he left.
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Interview with Djani Pervan
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Every album for Rundek Cargo Orkestar, Letu Stuke, Trovachi was the challenge of producing, tracking and mixing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing a Rock - Pop band's full album
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Dedication to the work towards the common goal.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the emotion and the ambition behind that record? Where it is imagined to be played, like radio station, clubs, TV etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always better to use reference tracks to explain the sound you have in mind than try to describe it by words.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Shure SM57, JLM 1290 preamp, Apogee Duet, Shure SRH1840 headphones and MacBook Pro. Hope there's electricity there. If not then I swap the preamp for power generator.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: So many... Radiohead comes to mind among the first - for that musical voyage they always seem to take the listener,.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Invest time to experiment and work to full potential no matter if you're payed extra for it or not or if the artist is well known or unknown.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie pop, Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Electronic and Acoustic
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Devotion to quality and emotional impact of the record,
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Sensibility to discover the true potential of the song and to develop it further. Along with musical ideas and instrumentation of my own if needed.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get the tracks get into Pro Tools session, set the tempo if its fixed and organize the session. Then let the music guide me while moving the faders to get a nice balance and then print that first rough mix if the artist haven't provided rough already. Once i get the idea where the music is heading I won't stop till its there and artist is happy about it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: ProAc Studio 115 and Yamaha NS10 speakers, SSL XLogic X-Desk summing Mixer, Rupert Neve Portico 5042 and 5043 Series analogue processors, SSL XLogic Alpha-Link AX 24 ChannelAD/DA converter, RME Digiface, Pro Tools Ultimate DAW with tons of plugins... Nice sounding small control room, long hall and marble staircase in the house used as great sounding echo chambers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing and mixing mostly
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Al Schmitt, Bob Clearmountain, Rick Rubin, Nigel Godrich to name a few
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Grew up on vinyl and tape records and since I have my own Pro Tools rig i always strived to be able to create those huge sounding mixes. It took so many years of perfecting to get such a big sound out of a small home studio. So it is sorta hybrid palette of sounds where one is constantly trying to expand its reach for different new and old colours.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Over 23 years now.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: How detailed this job really is and how much of the brain power it demands.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The feeling of joy when you manage to get it to sound right. Whatever it is, troublesome single track or entire song.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, each for its strengths of course.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Still didn't check if there is anyone I know on here.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Ofter the price is one of main questions. Answer: "It depends..."