Mixing and Mastering Engineer with over 25 years experience. As well as the UK, I work with artists from afar as Taiwan, Turkey, Europe, and Australia. Some artists include Nick Cave, David Bowie and Depeche Mode. I can work within many genres and styles. I love music and hopefully that shows in my work. My aim is to give to you a mix that you will say is perfect.
"Music is my love and passion“ At the age of 13 I became obsessed with the electro and hip-hop culture within the underground community in mid-80’s England. It was within this culture that I decided to have a career in art and music.
In 1994 I was offered an engineering role at Mute Records’ in-house studio, where as a mixer, recording engineer and programmer gave me access to the entire Mute Records roster.
Highlights included mixing Goldfrapp’s "Felt Mountain“ (Mute, 2000, gold in UK, Mercury Prize in 2001), which was included in "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die“
Others include David Bowie’s "Hours“ and Nick Cave’s "No More Shall We Part“, along with mixing for British indie labels MoWax, and Cup Of Tea Records, fusing jungle to hip-hop, and jazz funk to dub.
I was in charge of mixing and remixing the exclusive performances at the iTunes Festival UK and Germany events. I mixed over 100 artists, including: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, The XX, Calvin Harris, Foo Fighters, Jack White, Paul Simon, Florence & The Machine, Deadmau5, Jessie J., Norah Jones, Oasis, Mumford & Sons, N.E.R.D., Lykke Li, James Blunt, KT Tunstall, Hot Chip, Paul Weller, Paul Simon and many more.
I work with artists from all over the world in english as well as foreign languages.
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11 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Kevin Paul Mixer
Excellent quality mastering and timely reaponse as always! Absolute pleasure.
Third time of working with Kevin now through SoundBetter which says it all! Really professional and excellent master.
Another excellent master. Very quick and brill communication. Second time of working with Kevin and will happily do so again.
No fuss and very conscientious, Kevin’s experience pops out over everything.
Thrilled with his mix and mastering. The results make you feel he has put his ears on your head. Hurrying to get another track ready for him.
I had a track mixed by kevin and I'm very happy with the result.
He got exactly what the song needed, the delivery was quick and the communication very smooth.
I'll definitely work with him again in the future!
Kevin is joy to work with! He´s a master of the craft. Every time we hand him a song he makes magic with it!
Kevin is an absolute pleasure to work with. He delivers the goods with creativity and finesse.
Great communication, no fuss and excellent work. Incredibly happy with the end result. Thanks
Great experience! Kevin was quick, to the point, friendly and listened to our requests. Hope to work with him again.
Great mixing indeed!!! He has the sensitivity to take a song where it belongs and the patience to fine tweak the mix to your liking.
I hired Kevin because i've been a huge fan of the work he's done with Depeche Mode and Nick Cave and he understands how to mix that style of music in a contemporary manner which showcases his tremendous ears and talent at the board. He's extremely polite, professional and fast. Love his mixes!
Interview with Kevin Paul Mixer
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Theres been so many.... Recording and mixing the last Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album was an honour, as always. Also recording with David Bowie. He's an icon that will last forever. I am very proud of the 5.1 mixes I have done for Depeche Mode and Nick Cave where we rebuilt all the albums from the masters and mixed them in surround sound. That gave me a lesson on how to mix like some of the greatest mixers ever. I learned a lot from those projects ;-)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm finishing a double album for an artist in Turkey and just finished mixing an album for someone in Taiwan. I'm also mastering 2 eps for uk artists as well. Always busy.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know anyone else here at the moment.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I'm old school analogue but followed the digital revolution right from the start. They both have a place. Theres nothing that beats putting your sounds through a big desk and theres nothing that beats having unlimited access to emulations of all the gear that costs £100,000s
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To give them 100% of my creativity and to make sure the mix is perfect for them.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I hear great music and work with amazingly creative people that I've managed to work with for many many years.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make my song sound like...? Ill always try my best. Can I ask for one more change or adjustment. Yes, I want you to be 100% happy. How much do you charge? It all depends on the project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That its easy and anyone can do it. They can't. Not all people can cook and not all people can mix.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sort of sound are they looking for? I want as much information as they can give. Whats the timeline.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Contact me and see what I can do.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Ok. Well it would have to be an Apple Macbook that would be fully loaded for sure. UAD thunderbolt Octo, Dynaudio speakers, maybe a huge console (with a cover) that I could use for summing and if necessary use as shelter and don't forget the cables. I'll need plenty of those.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started way back in 1991, so its been a long time but i'm still here :-) I worked at a studio owned by the Kinks and that gave me a great insight into the hours and dedication needed. From there I went to Mute Records and I had the chance to work with nearly all of the artists on the label and learned so much about production, recording, mixing and the creativity of sound
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Wide, Strong and Exciting
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would have loved to work with James Brown.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to the song. It generally tells you what to do.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All sorts. I work with rock, pop, funk, soul, jazz, electronic, hip hop and mixture of all of them sometimes.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Capturing the vibe of a song. I like all sorts of music and I can quickly get an idea in my head of how I think a song should sound, What's important and how to bring that out.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Well. maybe you should ask my clients that. Seriously, I try to add clarity and sound. I want to make the record as good as it can be. Using good balance and vibe.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I setup the session. Listen to the rough mix to get an idea of how the client hears their work and then set about trying to form my own opinion of it. I might have a chat on the phone if I think that helps me and the client to get a firm direction and also some clients want to talk, so I'll speak to them just to say hello and add a personal touch to the project. I let the song guide me on direction of sounds and use the tools I have to sculpt and mould the mix towards that point. Once I have something I'm happy for the client to hear they can then feedback to me to steer me in towards the finish line.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Its mainly digital with an analogue front end. I have a Rupert Neve 5059 Satellite and Crane Song Egret that I use for analogue summing and everything goes through those two units. I use UAD, Waves and Brainworx plugins to mix inside the box. They have the best emulations of the classic gear I would have used when I first started many years ago.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones is a huge inspiration to me, both as a producer and an artist. I've been lucky to work with some amazing producers including Flood, Alan Moulder and Daniel Miller. They all had a profound impact on my approach to production, mixing and working with artists in the studio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly do mixing and mastering.