I am a Grammy-nominated recording engineer, mix engineer, and record producer specializing in singer-songwriter, alt and indie genres. With over 25M Spotify plays from artists I've worked with, such as Yo-Yo Ma, the Dropkick Murphys, and Marcus Miller, I can provide all of the services and guidance you need to get your song from demo to master.
At world class Q Division Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts, I take your song all the way from demo to a mastered and finished track. I can remotely record drums in our Studio A through our Neve 8068 Mark II recording console. I'll amplify the guitar tracks you’ve recorded at home through a vintage Marshall and capture that rock tone through vintage Neumann and Telefunken microphones. I can even put your completed mix through our vintage Studer A-827 two-inch tape machine for that classic tape sound.
For mixing, we head into Studio B. This room has everything we need to get your song ready for mastering. Featuring vintage gear from Neve, API, Altec, Summit Audio, and so many others—we have all the toys we need to make your song clean, loud, and exciting.
We can do all of this remotely via hi-res streaming, or if you're local to Boston, we can work together in person. These are just a few of the things I do to get your song realized, and I’d love to hear more about your project. Click the “Contact’ button above to get in touch, and let’s make something cool.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Colin Lester Fleming
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working as an assistant engineer on a feature film (pre-records for a musical comedy slated to be out 2022), I'm producing a pair of singles with an incredible songwriter from Tufts and we're in the mix stage, I'm producing a 5-song EP with another singer/songwriter blues guitarist and it's in the mix phase as well, and I'm in the pre-production phase on a set of three singles with an indie rock songwriter. I'm also working on two different podcasts as sound designer and mixer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! The warmth and chaotic randomness of analog paired with the reliability and precision of the digital realm make for a perfect combination.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To always do everything in my power to bring your vision to life.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I like most about my job is that a-ha moment when you find what the song really needs. Whether it's that perfect guitar lick, that punchy drum fill, or that velvety synth texture that's more felt than heard - you know it immediately and that feeling every one in the room has together when it happens is magic.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Really think about what you want your goals are and how you want your music to sound. The best records have a clear vision at their center.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a musician and a player. I studied as a drummer and percussionist, played in bands and toured. I discovered my love for the studio by recording with bands I played in and eventually went to school for recording and production to develop and hone my skills. I started as an intern at a Boston-local recording studio 7 years ago and have risen to an engineer at one of Boston's most successful studios.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is based on simplicity, honesty, and natural, organic production. I'm a firm believer that less is more, and every element in a song should capital-N Need to be there. At the end of the day the song and the artist are the most important, and all I want to do is amplify those things.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more, trust your gut and commit.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work with singer-songwriters and musicians on organic productions.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is getting to know each client's unique vibe and what makes them special and bringing it out and highlighting it in their music and their recordings so that the masses can enjoy it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My process is based on communication. The most important thing for me is to serve the client's vision. First we will have a conversation so that I can really get to know the vision and the goal for each project and how I can best serve this.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Q Division Studios is a large-format, high-volume professional recording studio servicing all types of clients - local bands and songwriters, labels, and film and TV studios. We have a Neve 8068 32-channel recording console, an SSL XL Desk 24 channel recording and mixing console, and a host of outboard gear from UREI, Empirical Labs, TLA, Pultec, and many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is production and engineering records. I provide all services in getting records produced from the ground up, recorded, and released.