Producer, mixer, mastering engineer and owner of "Midnight Studio". Works with bands of various musical directions. You can hear his work on his official website: www.borisshurlan.com
Graduated in music production and sound design at “Academy of Arts” in Belgrade as the best student of his generation. Got an MA degree in recording and sound design at “Faculty of Drama Arts” in Belgrade. Completed “Mix With The Masters” seminar with Chris Lord-Alge. Currently works as a docent at “Academy of Arts” in Belgrade. Musician and composer in eclectic progressive rock project “Midnight Rain”. He made his career working with the great number of exceptional artists. His mixes stand out from the crowd and they are the biggest and punchiest sounding mixes without losing the dynamics and emotion of the song.
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Reviews (10)Endorse Boris Shurlan
Fantastic Experience! It has been a pleasure to work with such a truly talented engineer. I have come to depend on his finely tuned ears and expertise. The technical equipment and skills are of the highest quality.
Boris is by far the most talented producer I know when it comes to mixing and mastering. My band Rain Delay had this privilege to work with him, and he made our album "Selenophilia" sound like a crushing ocean wave! Boris firmly believes in comparison, and by using that method he will easily prove that his work is dominant over the others.
What can I say to explane my respect except 3 words...Boris Šurlan is "the best producer" I ever met.When You work with him, He got en openminded attitude with frendly access,full of knowledge about modern producing and keen ear.Every composer should take Boris for producer and certainly will not go wrong.
I've worked with Boris on several projects, as a musician and as a sound enginer, in both cases working with him was more than satisfying. He is a great professional, easy to communicate with, has a deep understanding of music and that does a lot to help a band achieve it's wanted sound. My producer of choice.
I had a wonderful experience collaborating with Boris and his Midnight Studio. All the necessary features that the studio needs to have can be found at this cozy place. Besides the studios' features, Boris has amazing mixing skills and human virtues which can only be a generator of the quality of one's composition/s.
Each time I had to work with Boris Surlan and Midnight Studio, I've had wonderful and fully professional experience. His mixes are just one of a kind and they speak for themselves! I've learned a lot from Boris and he is definitely one of the best rock/blues/metal producers in bussiness today . . . Recommended
Had a great experience working with this pro. His mixes are just awesome. Full dynamic range and masterful execution. Recommended.
He understood my band Elsewhere Shine in a way no other producer we've ever worked with had, since we have very long and complex songs. Also, while working with him, you will be able to listen to how your ideas come together and what needs improvement so you get the full experience of what you are creating.
I had many different experiences with producers in my recording career but I must say that my work Boris Shurlan is certainly the best one. All you have to do is to express your musical attitude and idea, be sure that the rest is on him. Good producer is always at least a 40% of a good band. Give it a shot, you won't regret it!
I'm especially proud on the achieved overall sound Boris did on Claymorean's "Unbroken" album and on our cover of Manowar's song. Boris has that unique approach when it comes to mixing. He hears everything! Full of dynamics and big basses and drums. If you want your metal to sound like a wall of steel, then look no further.
Interview with Boris Shurlan
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll usually first talk to the band or songwriter about their songs, because I think that it's very important to know about their motivations and their desires before my work starts. Then I'll send them instructions for sending files for mixing, they will tell me if they need replacement of their virtual instruments or anything else. When I get all tracks I'll then prep my projects for mixing, do pitch corrections or some minor edits if needed. Then comes mixing, my favorite thing in the world. Then I master finished mixes. After I finish I'll send the tracks to the client for their review. I rarely do any revisions but I, of course, don't mind doing them because it's all about the song and the client's vision. When we're done, and we're both satisfied I send them all the finished files.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, because right now both worlds are awesome, and hybrid mixing is the future.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they'll get more than they've hoped for.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually ask me when I'm finished with the work why are my prices so low? My answer is that not all bands have big budgets and I love music, and I love mixing.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think most of the time that mixing and mastering is some kind of technical work, they do not realize that it is a form of art, the same as making music, because I'm dealing with the emotions of the music, I'm not repairing a machine.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Compare mixes!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My ears and any kind of recorder.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I love to create big and punchy mixes, I love when you can feel the energy. It's very difficult to accomplish this, and that's the most common question on music production forums: how to make this or that big... Another reason for that kind of mixing is that it sounds better than most mixes on lo-fi speakers, and to me that's very important because today most of the people listen to music in various conditions like on their in-ear headphones in the bus or in acrowd, or other loud places. You have to be able to hear the bass guitar or bass from the kick drum in that conditions...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are so many talented and brilliant artists out there, I love working with artists who make great music, I don't care if they are famous or not. I like, when our work is done, to sit back and listen to their album and to be proud of what we've accomplished.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The gear is not the most important, it's how you use it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I think I've worked on every music genre, but usually I work on hard rock, metal, blues, singer songwriter, pop...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The most important thing for me is to let the emotion of the song out. Every song tells a story, and for the emotion to be absolutely transparent I have to make sure that that story is told right.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: That would be Chris Lord-Alge, from whom I had a great pleasure to learn mixing. Of course Joe Ciccarelli, Andrew Scheps, Tchad Blake, and many others inspire me. I'm also inspired by great music, there's nothing better and more inspiring than mixing a fantastic songs.