Jacob Momjian started his career in 2013 as a tape operator at Park Studios JQ in Birmingham, built by engineer Alastair Jamieson. He then moved on to be an engineer at The Den Recording Studios in Manchester. He has now moved on to be the founder & CEO of Silent VOX Studios in Kuwait City.
Over the years he's had the privilege to work and learn from many talented producers such as the grammy winning engineer Joe Chiccarelli. He has worked on sessions at Real World Studios, Studio La Fabrique, Red City Studios, The Den Recording Studio, Park Studios JQ & Boy Magic Productions. Although most projects he receives are of rock genre, his diverse knowledge of music history & theory allows him to be very versatile between different musical genres.
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Interview with Jacob Momjian
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Post production for a cinema advert and a rock album.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: AKG C414, Macbook Pro, Orion 32 Studio, XLR cable & Headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been recording and mixing local bands all throughout my university, and now that I have finally graduated, I dedicate all my time to producing and writing new records. It's been 4 years now and I hope for many more successful years.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Listening to new genres and meeting different musicians.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you speak to the producer/engineer first to come to terms with an agreement that satisfy you both equally.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bring me the horizon. They're production methods are incredible, and mixes always sound on point. I would love to work with them to challenge my self to their standards.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently released my own single on iTunes which I wrote, produced, performed, recorded and mixed myself.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog has it's warm tone that everybody loves, but at the end of the day, digital is just practical. I always however make sure I record with analog gear when I have access to them.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: If the song doesn't move me emotionally, it's not done right.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer Songwriter, Rock, Metal & Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing drums and vocals.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually ask for a reference track an idea and feel of the energy the client is going for.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Orion 32 Studio converters going into Protools and Logic Pro X. My monitoring is done using the Adam's Audio A7X and the M-Audio BX8 for low frequency reference. I also have access to some of the best plugins such as Waves, UAD & Steven Slate, as well as top virtual instruments and sample library's such as Native Instruments' Kontakt library and the Slate Trigger libraries.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord-Alge, Joe Chiccarelli, Tony Maserati & Andrew Scheps
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is producing, mixing and mastering. However, being a songwriter myself, I sometimes get composition & writing work for film and artists.