Specialising in indie pop + alternative. Professional-quality, vibrant and impactful mixes which convey your musical ideas perfectly.
Hi! I'm Damon, an audio engineer and music blog writer from the UK. As an engineer, it brings me so much joy to create vibrant and impactful mixes + masters with your recordings.
Recently graduated with a first-class Honours in Music, I am extensively knowledgeable on music production and theory. I approach all of my projects with both musicality and technicality at the forefront.
If you'd like to hear more examples of my work, just drop me a message.
Mastering, vocal tuning, editing as well? You got it.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
1 ReviewsEndorse Damon Siseman
Damon is absolutely amazing! I knew the sound I wanted for my track and he absolutely nailed it, I'm so happy I went to him to get my track mixed / mastered and I definitely would again!
Plus he is also so understanding and kind when it comes to communicating with clients, I had very little experience with working with mixing engineers before I had my track mixed / mastered and so didn't understand the process that much, and he was so understanding of that!
Just overall absolutely outstanding services, 10000/10 would definitely recommend!
Interview with Damon Siseman
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Especially proud of my project with shoegaze artist Black Box Flight Recorder. I finished mixing and mastering this artist's debut album a couple of months ago and would say it's been my biggest + most exciting project of this year so far!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Taking advantage of a mini break from mixing to work on my writing business and have some time for personal music projects. I'll come back and update this when I start something new.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new one here so I don't know anyone...
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital all the way. Analog gear is expensive and takes up space. Digital is way more accurate and customisable. Plus, many analog emulations are now so realistic that even professionals can't tell the difference.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I won't just dump a mix on you and disappear, I'll tell you all about what I've been doing and we can chat about it!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Vibing to amazing music from all the talented indie artists out there.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: There's often concern about how 'loud' their stems should be before they send them. Don't worry about that, it makes no difference to me. Just make sure they aren't clipping.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think the biggest misconception is that mixing and mastering is some kind of magic wizarding process. A mix or master will only ever be as good as the songwriting and the recording. Please don't "fix it in the mix", it should be great from the start!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Here's a few questions I might ask: can you give examples of your goal sound? What are your concerns with this project? What are your future hopes and plans for releasing this project? Do you need any advice or help with other parts of the music releasing process?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice is: remember that mixing is a collaborative process. We engineers aren't just machines which you put money in and get a mix out. The most important thing is that you find someone you vibe with and will enjoy working back and forth with them.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: It's probably quite noisy on a desert island, so we're gonna need some noise-cancelling headphones. There's also no wifi... but all of my plugin licenses are cloud synced! Regardless, I would pick: Logic Pro, headphones, some reference tracks, plus Slate Digital's virtual mix rack and virtual bus compressors.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Well I only graduated two years ago, and since then it's been a mish-mash of trying things out and deciding what I like to do! I've been mixing and mastering professionally for about a year. I'm also a writer, writing web content for music businesses.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Honestly not sure.. I usually go for a bright, clean, spacious mix. But I'm learning to make friends with the grunge and the distortion.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I wouldn't choose anyone other than my music idol George Clanton.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Here's my tip: think about your sound design and arrangement. For a great song you need to fill the frequency spectrum with at least one instrument in each area from the bass to the top end. Sparse arrangements can be hard to work with as you can't do much with them. (Doesn't apply so much to the acoustic genres!)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've done a lot of pop and electronic stuff. Indie pop, shoegaze, lo-fi, pop rock. Not so much acoustic stuff lately but I'm cool with that.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I spent so much time studying audio engineering... and it really paid off. I understand exactly the science of sound and how to make things sound the way you want.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring wholeness, I bring completeness. I'm sure we can all agree that a song doesn't sound "complete" until it's mixed and mastered. I bring the songwriting and production through and turn it into a fulfilling listening experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Here's a typical workflow for me: editing, vocal tuning, cleaning and generally improving each individual track. Put it all together and mix! Balancing and blending everything to sit nicely, using references to guide the whole way through. Shouldn't take more than a week depending on my schedule. Take a break to refresh, address revision notes from the client as many times as needed. After we get the mix just right, mastering will be a breeze.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm a minimalist at heart. Just my computer, a big screen, Logic Pro and trusty Beyerdynamic headphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Incredibly inspired by Porter Robinson right now - what an incredible guy.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most common type of work is just plain ol' mixing and mastering ready for digital streaming. Definitely gonna become a superstar music producer one day though. I usually work with indie pop type artists (that's a really vague genre, I know).