Looking for quality mixing or mastering, but don’t think most engineers will get what you want to sound like? Look no further, I’ve been both a musician, DJ, vocalist, audio engineer, and music curator for 15 years! I have an extensive knowledge of many music genres. I work on a sliding scale based on your budget with a fast turnaround time!
Hi, I'm Josh, a Bay Area DJ, musician, and sound engineer. Working with bands to improve their music quality has long been a goal of mine, and I have years of audio engineer training. Many great bands upload their music without properly mixing or mastering it. I am of the opinion that no band should have to release a sub-par album because of a lack of money. Therefore, I started this service to cater to that underrepresented demographic of independent and unsigned musicians. My rates are on a sliding scale to work within your budget.
I am extremely passionate about music from all genres. While I am comfortable mixing in any style of music, I have a particular love of working in underground genres. From Synthwave to Post-Punk and beyond.
Let’s work together and help make each other’s dreams come true.
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Interview with Barbary Ghost Productions
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to give you quality results you will be satisfied with, or I will go back to the drawing board until I get your song sounding how you picture it in your head. And I always work in a timely fashion, taking no longer than a week for a project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with music has long been a dream of mine. I don't care what style of music, just as long as it's music, or audio in some form.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started DJing in 2001, started my first music project a few years later. A few years after that I met my audio engineering mentor, Mr. Martin Irigoyen. That was almost 15 years ago. Martin taught me most of what I know now, and the rest I learned through various online instructional courses and simply experimenting. I've been mixing and mastering professionally, since 2018. But my studio, Barbary Ghost Productions has been active since January 2021.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Atmospheric, lush, bombastic, aggressive, pastoral, dark, light, experimental, & eclectic.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Bus all your tracks! If you don't know what bussing is, look it up. It will save you so much time, headaches and hassle in the long run when mixing your own music. A very simple way to describe the concept. Bussing is like grouping tracks together into one channel, where those multiple tracks can then receive the same effects and be treated together as a group. i.e. Taking your drum kit tracks and mixing them all together and applying fx to the whole drum kit, instead of creating six different effects channels for each part of the kit. And that's just a really simplified explanation, Seriously, look it up if you don't already know about bussing tracks.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I tend to get a lot of clients in the Post--Punk and Synthwave styles of music. But I am a huge fan of music in general and would love to work on clients songs from genres I don't usually get the opportunity to work in. Hip-Hop, EDM, Trip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Dub, Surf, Metal, Ska, Film Scores, I could just go on and on. I love it all, and look forward to working on all kinds of music styles!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring over twenty years of musical knowledge, from all genres and eras of music to every production. I know what different genres/sub-genres and micro-genres do differently from one another and I know how to achieve those sounds.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to talk with my clients at length about their vision for their song before ever opening my audio workstation. I find having a clear idea of what a client wants, makes my work 100x easier. It also helps a lot if a client can show me a few examples of published songs they like the sound/timbre of. I then do my best to try and help them find that sound, by working on their music, then sending them regular updates for feedback, until we both agree that we've found the right mix. Once the mix is done, mastering can take place. The mastering is the easiest part. It's getting that base mix that takes the most work.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a huge fan of atmospheric music producers. Some of my all time favorite producers include: Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Psychedelic Furs, Magazine, New Order, etc) Steve Lillywhite (The Chameleons, U2, Big Country, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, etc) Flood (NIN, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Orbital, A-Ha, etc) Jim Steinman (Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Sisters of Mercy, Air Supply, etc)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my clients are bedroom producers looking for an affordable mix that sounds polished and professional, without breaking the bank. In addition to mixing I also offer to master tracks as well for a small fee. When I mix a clients music, I like to collaborate with them to find just the right timbre and tone they want. I'm also more than happy to provide extra instrumentation, whether that be layering their drum tracks to have a beefier/punchier sound, or adding completely new elements to a track to really make it shine. All changes and additions are of course approved by my clients before the final master is printed.