Ben Haviour

Exceptional Sound Design

Ben Haviour on SoundBetter

Hey there, I do creative sound design, sparkling percussions, funky synth lines, and groovy bass lines. I am focused on producing synthesizers and mix them with acoustic drums and re-amping.

I play Piano since 2000, Drums since 2003, Guitar since 2005 and I produce in Ableton Live since 2009.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Ben Haviour

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

  2. A: Usually I enhance the quality of percussion sounds with field-recordings or I edit the groove.

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

  4. A: Dominik Eulberg, Max Cooper, Tom Waits

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: A Laptop and a pair of headphones.

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

  8. A: Get the tracks, edit them, listen to them... edit again... finalize them.

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

  10. A: An exceptional sound design.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Editing, Quantizing, Sound Design

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

  14. A: Techno, House, Pop, Singer-Songwriter.

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

  16. A: Do variations, our ears are not used to hear the same sound over and over again.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: I would be funny to work with Tom Waits. He was my idol for many years.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Choppy but funky and refreshing.

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

  22. A: I studied Media Art & Design and Electroacoustic Music & Sound Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar (Prof. Robin Minard, Ludger Hennig).

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

  24. A: Paper, Typewriter, Cigarettes, Rum, Sunglasses

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

  26. A: Make sure you can pay me.

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

  28. A: Do you want it my way?

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

  30. A: People think I'll fix their arrangement when I do editing jobs.

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

  32. A: Experimenting

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

  34. A: You'll get sounds no one heard before.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Digital: because it's more profitable (looking at the spectrum). You can always re-amp later...

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

  38. A: Radio Feature about a reindeer hunt.

  39. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  40. A: My current work.

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