Mikas is a digital music specialist and an audio entrepreneur. His journey into Electronic Music started in the 1990s as a DJ, promoter and producer. He has dedicated more than 20 000 hours producing music for himself and his clients, perfecting his craft to excel in mix engineering and mastering electronic music and beyond.
For the past 6 years, he’s been developing technology solutions building the www.wemakedancemusic.com platform which opened the door to a completely new market of products that were not known beforehand.
Founded in July 2012, We Make Dance Music is a trusted community-marketplace for producers, musicians and singers to discover, buy and sell unique music project files, templates, sounds, STEMS & royalty free music.
As an artist Mikas has released 6 full-length albums in the past 12 years featuring original work and collaborations. His albums are always melodic and progressive by nature. Like everything his music evolved with the years: the electronic sounds have been refined and interpreted to their simplest form. While artists tend to define their music with genres, Mikas doesn’t.
Mikas also owns a record label, Progressive Grooves Records, which he set up in 2005. The label has been publishing inspired electronic music receiving support from the best DJs both live and on the airwaves.
With over 250 000 digital downloads sold under his label, together with his artists he frequently reached the top 10 on beatport progressive house and trance music charts.
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Interview with Mikas
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I own a medium size music production marketplace with amazing music and over 450 producers uploading material. www.wemakedancemusic.com
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I give it all every time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making other people music better
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Music is music even when it is made in a computer.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the end result you are looking for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Follow your guts.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Headphones, UAD DUO, and a generator to power it!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started in the mid 1990" in the Electronic Music Scene as a DJ / Promoter, in 2000 i started production music seriously. In 2005 i founded my record label Progressive Grooves Records, in 2012 i founded www.wemakedancemusic.com a music production marketplace.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Melodic, progressive, emotional electronic music
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Madona because she is open to new genres and forward thinking Celine Dion because of the voice and emotion
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: 1. Less is more: keeping it to the essential is key to good music, refine to the simplest expression 2. Do what feels good: always follow your instinct, do not try to impress yourself or others 3. Know when to stop: being in the flow is great, learn to know when this energy is wearing out and STOP
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mainly electronic but also orchestral and scores.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Getting everything to sound good together no matter what it is.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Balance, emotion and movement
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When i mix i like to remix everything from scratch. Creatively i go all out in over 200 VLOGS creating music from scratch in real time on video.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Minimal for now, i built 15 studios in 8 Cities so far..
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pharell, Daft Punk, Rick Ruben, Hans Zimmer, Daniel Lanois.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I specialise in mixing and arranging Electronic Music, first a complete mix down completely bare and then rebuilding the song with all the elements in the right place. I prefer to rework then song from the original project files in Logic Pro X when possible.