Alexandros Yakas

Music Production & Mixing

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Zodiac has been around for a while. His name is Alexandros Yakas. He is Greek, born in Brussels, Belgium, where he grew up. Alex started experimenting with both his musical and technological creativity and composed his first work using music technology as early as in 1999.

Although a skillful multi-instrumentalist that performed publicly in a number of school and amateur occasions, Alex started experimenting with both his musical and technological creativity and composed his first work using music technology as early as in 1999. At that time, his music was being enjoyed by his family and a small number of close friends, but he soon joined electronic music enthusiasts communities on the net and started sharing his music with them as Zodiac. It is under this name his work and he himself became well-known. And it is also under this name that he published a number of his pieces in electronic music collections both in Greece and the UK.

Through the years, Zodiac continued experimenting with new technology and new forms of music, while he also pursued studies both on Music Technology and Audio Production in the UK. His talent and skills were taken to a higher level, leading him to the way of becoming an acclaimed electronic musician and a dedicated hardware enthusiast.

Although music has been his first pathway to creative expression, Zodiac's creativity was not meant to be secluded only within the boundaries of music. His creative talents found way to photography and videography that soon became alternative means for expressing his creativity, enhancing his overall creative expression.

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Interview with Alexandros Yakas

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I'm producing a lot of music for music libraries!

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Potato or Potatoe and why? In other words, shut the f*ck up and be creative! Word needs creative people not psychos!

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: That they'll be happy with the final result of my work!

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I'm myself!

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: - How much is it going to cost more or less? - More is going to cost more and less is going to cost less.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: As an electronic music producer, people think that I'm downloading music parts from the internet and then I put them together by only changing the order or something. Don't know what's wrong with people. That did actually happen once, some years ago. But really, people do not quite understand the level of difficulty of being a SERIOUS electronic music producer.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: "Do you have money?" Joke apart, they usually ask me stuff, not the other way around.

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Make sure you know what you want and then make sure you use the correct words to describe it...

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: A laptop. Good pair of speakers. Huge drive with samples. Midi keyboard and an autonomous power supply to power all that sh!t :D Oh, and a dog please. Dogs do not count as gears... :) Oh and my wife too please, not a gear either!...Hope she doesn't realise she's last in the list!

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I've been producing music since I remember myself. My first commercial release is dated back in 2003.

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: There is something that stupidly took me many years to realise and to kind of control it. HATS! Hats, hats and hats!!! Did I mention...HATS? When you're in the studio just ask yourself why you're there. If you're there as a producer, just wear the producer's hat and focus on those skills...Do not get destructed by things that are meant to be done later on in the process by either yourself or someone else! Typical mistake I was doing, I was laying down ideas and musically expressing my feelings. I had inspiration. Instead of taking advantage of this energy I would then spend hours to perfect my kick & bass sonic relation...Two problems. I completely missed the momentum of creation and I was waisting my time on perfecting the sound of kick and bass like if one would listen to only this couple in solo when listening to the track...But hey, I was young! :)

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: Mainly electronic music.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: I listen to my clients. I'm actually listening to what they have to say. I work with them. We make a team and we work together.

  27. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  28. A: Whatever the client needs and whatever I feel it should be. Sometimes this takes a lot of effort, a lot of chatting, compromising and experience. What I always keep in mind and I tell my clients is that we both care for the song and we both want its best. Like good parents we are :)

  29. Q: What's your typical work process?

  30. A: It all depends on what I'm working on. If I'm about to start a new mix for a client or for myself, I'll generally spend time to well organise and name my files. I cannot stand files when they're not named after their content. So, before even starting the mixing party, I'll do that along with organising the folder in my disk drive. Then I'll obviously import all these tracks to my session. I will organise my tracks by rearranging them depending on the instrument importance and colour code them. Then I'll be ready to start mixing.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: I'm working in a noise free and acoustically treated environment. For a full list of equipment I use you can check my "GEAR HIGHLIGHTS".

  33. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  34. A: I listen to all sorts of music and I like many producers.

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: Lately I've been reproducing, mixing and mastering a lot of music for a client brining a fresher and modern touch to his music with the sound of today.

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