I have a deep long passion/experience producing & engineering dance music. I specialize in Techno, Deep House, Progressive House, Tech House. My speciality is to create a well balanced, clean and punchy mix, using both analog and digital equipments to give it a unique feel. I can also give feedback and advice on arrangements.
I have been producing dance music for over 20 years. Having my own project named Drunken Kong, I have released music on labels such as Tronic, Terminal M, Octopus Recordings, Stil Vor Talent, Stereo Productions, Agile Recordings, Transmit Recordings and many more. I have had few of my original track on the Beatport Techno Top 10 and have been regularly charted on the Beatport Techno Top 100 Chart.
Touring around the world and playing at different venues, I have learned to understand how tracks will sound on different settings. Before sending back the mixed down tracks, I always make sure to test the tracks so that it can be used in your DJ sets right away.
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Interview with DrunkenKong
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For mixdown, I always start with the drums and bass. Since this will be the backbone of the track for dance music, its very important to clean and adjust this section of the track. I usually don`t apply any compressors in the beginning stage of the mixdown. Just with EQ and volume control, you should be able to get the track sounding good.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: In the past I have done mixdowns for many clients. I have also done some post production work and polishing of other peoples productions including adjustments in the arrangements and fixing grooves in some cases.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a new EP for Tronic.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like to combine both. Analog and digital both have their certain characteristic and I feel balancing this creates a unique feel to the tracks.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to make sure clients will be happy with my work and also to give my feedback on how to improve on future productions.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like to see my clients happy. This for me is the most important thing so communication and working together is something that I highly value. Mixdown after a certain point also becomes a matter of preference so I am very flexible on this to finalize the production.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The most common question I get is how to make the track sound fat and loud. I think the most important thing for this is to create space for each individual sound. This can be done with EQ and also panning. Panning is very important too when creating space for sounds.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, master keyboard and my UAD plugins.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Its been a very long path. I have been producing dance music for over 20 years. I have worked on many different styles of music. I also went to an audio engineering school so I had the chance to work with many different bands and producers.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Energetic, driving and groovy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The key I feel is choosing a good quality kick, since all the sound selection and adjustments will be based on this. Its also important to compare this with other tracks from time to time.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The experience and knowledge would be the strongest skill.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio consists of both analog and digital gear. For mixdown I mainly use Waves, UAD, Sound Toys and external compressors such as the Manley Variable MU and Rupert Neve Master Buss Processor. I also like to use the SSL Alpha Channel to add warmth and analog textures to certain sounds.