Hello! My name is Kia 'The Mix Artist' Shavon . I am an audio engineer with ~15 years of working experience, a Bachelor of Science in Music Engineering Technology and most importantly, passion for and pride in what I do! As a musician (classically trained percussionist), I understand the art of music/mixing as well as the science.
I offer mixing, mastering, podcast and dialogue editing.
Mixing is the ART of blending many individual tracks into one harmonious body of work.The artist is a messenger, the song their story. My job is not to alter this story and make it my own, but to work WITH the artist and feel where they’re coming from as well as what they want the listener to experience, then use my creativity and expertise to present the best possible work.
Understanding costs of creating can be expensive for indie artists, I try my best to work with any reasonable budget. Contact me and let's get started!!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Kia is a great person to work with! Patient and very professional! Definitely recommend :)
Great services! Love it..
Kia is awesome! She fixed an issue in my vocal track (feedback from the mic) that I was told couldn't be fixed. She not only reduced the 'static' sound, but was able to get rid of it completely! She's a genius! I'm so thankful that I didn't have to record the vocals over again. Thanks, Kia, for working your magic!! :)
@TheMixArtist has a great ear, very expedient turn around times and makes a well balanced mix. I am very satisfied with her work on my project.
Kia is amazing! I've worked with Kia for years. She has a great vibe!
Kia is an itteligent and talented engineer! She's goes up and beyond for the artist. At times putting on the producer hat with great advice to advance your recording. I couldn't have ask for a better person and engineer. Kia I'd the absolute truth!!!
Hailing all the way from the African continent, I have definitely been blessed to work with Kia. She has definitely done great work to my sounds. Check it out via www.slashwisdom.com #Respect KIA.
Worked with KIA on a few Records i Recorded definitely a Great engineer, great person, Always does great work , I will be referring Artist to you get there work Mixed
Very skilled in her craft.
You can tell she has a passion for what she does.
Timely with work, one of the best experiences since being in this business. Always referring friends to get their mixes done here.
I love The Mix Artists' work! My record sounds even better than how I pictured it in my head when I wrote it. I will definitely be working with her again.
Interview with The Mix Artist
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I believe the biggest misconception about being a mixing/ editing engineer is that there is a single preset at our disposal to make any audio sound good almost instantly.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Before hiring anyone to become a part of your project, try your best to make sure they love what they do and respect what you do. Please research and choose your engineer wisely. If they're mixing rock, they should appreciate rock. If they're mixing rap, they should appreciate rap, etc... For example, I've watched several hip hop artists go to top-notch, gear heavy studios and work with engineers who've been in the biz for 30 years only to end up disappointed because the engineer couldn't provide the energy they were looking for in the mix... Don't be "that guy".
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I volunteer as an audio editor with Gatewave, a radio reading service for the blind/ visually impaired. They play verbatim readings from magazines, newspapers and the web, spoken by skilled voice actors (but not always recorded in professional audio setting) and also find and create special content specifically helpful to people with vision loss. I am proud to be able to use my audio skills to help the compose high quality broadcast material by cleaning up the audio (eq'ing, de-essing, gain automating), removing unwanted dialogue, editing the programs so that they fit into a specific time frame, and choosing appropriate PSA's and commercials.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I'm working on maintaining my sanity, in all honesty. But if you want to know what's going on audio-wise...I'm transitioning. I've identified more as a mixing engineer than a recording engineer for quite a while now so at the moment, I'm easing out of recording almost completely and focusing on mixing and editing full time!!!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: -Do you have a budget? (It sounds harsh, but it's really just to get on the same page early on. It lets us both know what we can reasonably expect.) -Are you working on a project, a single, or are we just working to be working? (Either way I'm cool, but I just like to know)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'll check and get back to you.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Oh, you took it there...Digital! Mainly because I grew up in the digital era. I am sooo grateful for those who paved the way in analog, spending hours re-calling settings on the board and outboard gear for simple edits and splicing tape (literally cutting and taping tape together) to do "punch-ins"... but that life isn't for me. I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the beloved warmth and "unduplicatable" tone of analog gear, but for me that's outweighed by the convenience of digital's simplicity, effectiveness and accessibility. P.S: You're allowed to make up words so long as everyone knows what you're talking about.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being able to witness growth first-hand. Whether it's from recording an artist's very first session to seeing them book their first tour, being there when an artist discovers "their sound", watching a song grow from an idea to a conversation to a rough draft to final mix to mastered record then video, or experiencing my own growth as an engineer. Progression.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1- a Tascam DR05 Portable Digital Recorder (If I'm on a desert island, I'm definitely taking advantage of the soundscape) 2- Roland TD25KV V-Tour Electronic Drum Set (my first love) 3- Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Headphones 4- Maschine Production Studio (because I might as well learn how to use it while I'm out there) and I haven't figured out #5 yet.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Love it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work with hip-hop, r&b, pop, reggae and spoken word artists.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Is passion a skill? No, ok then it's patience... no? Fine, listening and paying attention to what artists are asking for and doing it. Whatever that's called, that's what it is. Boom.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's pretty cool. Comfortable. There's a couch. Smells good. What more do I need?
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Marcella Araica and Shad Moss (don't judge me)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and self-esteem boosting are my most common services. If you do a great job with the first service, the second one naturally seems to follow.