Saarni Music is owned by a 31 years old professional audio engineer from Finland, Markus Heinonen, who has been a musician for 20 years and an engineer for 10.
Saarni Music is divided into 3 sub-divisions: "Saarni Music" provides musician services (songwriting, producing, session instrument tracks), "Saarni Studio" provides recording, mixing & mastering and "Saarni Records" is a record label. Since 2016.
In 2020 Saarni Music has 2 studios and Saarni Records has released 10 albums.
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2 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Saarni Music
Another great vocal performance! I got exactly what I wanted, communication was super easy, and the vocals sounded just as good as any "black metal"-type band out there!
I had Markus do some "black metal"-style screams and they sounded amazing! Everything was perfect the first time, and it sounds just as good as what you hear in bands like Enslaved/etc.
Interview with Saarni Music
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to make them sound original and in most cases, surpass their expectations.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to record or mix a song and I get to decide what it sounds like!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Each new project should be considered as "the best thing ever" and as a producer you should be able to understand the love and the passion that the artist has towards their music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work for me is recording an EP or a full-lenght album for a band from scratch. I occassionally do record drums/vocals or mix tracks that have been recorded elsewhere, but it is more rare.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I watch everything in Youtube posted by Glenn Fricker, Warren Huart, Graham Cochrane or Dave Pensado. I am also a fan of Steve Albini and Anssi Kippo, who share some (perhaps unconventional) visions on producing with me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Being a music fan for 20 years, I have developed a vision of what the song should sound like musically in order to get the listeners attention.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is actually propably Vocal production. Being a vocalist and having recorded numerous albums as a vocalist myself, I know what it is like and what a good vocal should sound like.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my clients have been Metal and Rock bands, or bands that like analogue sound or live feel, which for me is very ok.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Having recorded only amateur demo bands, it would be great for once to work with a professional band and see how it affects the sound of the final product.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is definitely to capture the sound of the band. All my mixes sound very different from each other because the band is different every time.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got my first cassette player in maybe 3rd grade and first guitar in -99. I started doing vocals in 2004 and audio engineering in the same year. I have studying and done professional audio engineering since 2009. I finally started my own business in 2016.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If the gear can't include anything to aid my rescue, then all I need is an acoustic guitar.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is that I am a stictly metal guy. That is not true, I love all kinds of music and am willingly to work with any kind of genre. I love a good song, no matter if the genre is afrojazz, funk, hiphop, doom metal or polka.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like to record as analog and ready sound as possible, but mix digitally because of the versatility. For me there is no fight between analog or digital, both have their pros and cons and I like to use only the pros from both of them.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: For my own band Kausalgia I recorded, produced and mixed everything and mastered the whole thing for CD and Vinyl. The project went on for almost 3 years and we ended up building our own studio (which I work in right now) in the process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a TOFT ATB32-analog mixing desk, going to MOTU 828mk3-interface, recording 24-tracks at a time. I use the mixing desk for recording every time, but occasionally I use it for mixing too.