Thomas Mavian

Recording | Mixing | Mastering

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I'm based in Europe with over 20 years of working remotely. So if you're NOT in Europe I can mix & master your tracks while you sleep :)

I’ve been working with remote clients since 2002. Living on an island in the middle of the Baltic requires other types of work habits. Still, it's only a 30 minute flight to Stockholm. I live in the most beautiful place in the world. Can’t beat that.

The island I live on fills me with passion and inspiration and very often finds it’s way into the music I’m writing, in some form.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Thomas Mavian

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

  2. A: Do you have a vision for your songs? How should people feel when they hear it?

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

  4. A: Björk, because she really can think "out of the box". Jean Michel Jarre, would be great to be involved with anything from this maestro. Tony Iommi, what can I say, he is Tony Iommi!

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

  6. A: Dedication and passion. And more often than not I take away things from a song, things that "mud it up". Sometimes I even do a separate mix so one can clearly hear the difference between the.

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

  8. A: After getting contacted I often ask for some type of reference or if there are previous mixes of the artist that they like. Then it's just getting a first mix up and send it for feedback. If the client is happy then I'm happy. If the client is not happy then we'll work on it until they are happy.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Both. Analog mixing desk while tracking and mixing in-the-box digitally. I like what analog gear does to the sound on it's way into the computer. And I like the digital for the instant recall and ease of use.

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

  12. A: Haha, I live on an almost desert island! Computer, speakers, a tube preamp, a microphone and interface.

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

  14. A: Sure! Have a defined vision of what you want your song to be and what you'd like people to feel when they hear it. Music is about getting people to feel something. Good music that is. With a set vision it's easier to make decisions on what should be kept and what should go. Second, be prepared when booking a recording session, know your songs, rehearse!

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

  16. A: Rock and pop is what I mostly work on. I am however "an old" admirer of purely synth-based electronic music like Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: Listening.

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

  20. A: All that dare to do it "their own way", not being trapped in old clichés and workflows. In short, creative people that has something to say!

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

  22. A: Mostly I've done work as a mixing engineer and lately also as a recording engineer in my own studio, Soundborne Studio.

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