Technician sound live and in studio for several years, technical Manager of a jazz club in Toulouse, France, I have been working with musicians and technicians from biggest to the most modest, always curious to learn new things, to exchange and to share on these passions that are the music and techniques of the sound.
Technician sound live and in studio for several years, technical Manager of a jazz club in Toulouse, France, I have been working with musicians and technicians from biggest to the most modest, always curious to learn new things, to exchange and to share on these passions that are the music and techniques of the sound. I can mix Rock/Jazz/World/Pop/Metal/Reggae/HipHop, in the box, with the most powerful plug ins and DAWs.
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Interview with Thomas Gouazé
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, recording and a little of mastering
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Each musician and producer I meet teach me something, every situation, song or workflow is different, and I try to learn each time I work with someone else.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in a studio in France I installed myself, it is a mix of analog and digital gear, so in can mix in the box or with the console. I also work in my home studio where I mix in the box and record some vocals.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I listen to the song, to capture the essence of it, then eq the instruments, manage the dynamics, put the whole band in the stereo space then automatise the effects and volume, but every song is different so I try to make unique moves on each songs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring space, balance and clarity to your song
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I listen to the musician and try to work with him to make his song sound the way he wants
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock and jazz
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to many other mixes, so you can visualise what the producer was trying to do when mixing the song!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: way too much artists! Because there is too many of them I don't know yet!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is : not too loud, the sound of the band or musicians first!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for five years now. I've started recording my band and decided to make an audio school in france. I worked for live bands, then recorded some of the bands playing in the jazz club where I worked as FOH engineer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, Pro Tools, a portable recorder, a headphone, an SM58.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I want to make the songs sound good, not loud, make sure thats what you want too!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you want your song to sound?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy to make everything sound good, you're an engineer
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does it takes to mix a song
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To discover new songs, musicians, producers and learn every time I work on a new project
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: satisfied or refound
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I usually work on digital, because it is easier to move with it in any place to record anything, I just take my laptop and can work everywhere I want.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not yet, but I hope I can
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A french rock band called Goldarock
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A rock band named Roze hired me to master their album, and I am really proud of what we did together, their music is really good and I am really proud to have their trust!