I have been working as an staff engineer and music producer at Alaya Records since 2015, formerly known as Solid Sound Studio (Nice, France). Grammy-winning artists like J-Lo, David Guetta, Rihanna, Akon and Ricky Martin worked there over the years.
Passionate musician for almost 15 years, I became a professional music producer and sound engineer 3 years ago. I have been fortunate to work with many french and international artists such as Maître Gims, Soprano, 113, Ricky Martin, Mark Strong and with record labels like Sony Music or Warner Bros.
I mix in a Neve 8248 analog mixer with Protools HD12 with some great pieces of analog gear (Urei LA-4 and 1178, DBX 160, Summit Audio TLA-100, Tube-Tech CL1B, SSL & Neve EQs, Eventide Harmonizer…) and a lot of very good sounding plugins like Antares, D16, Eventide, Izotope, Plugin Alliance, SKnote, Flux, DMG, Waves, Acqua, UVI, Lexicon, Fabfilter, Softube, Slate Digital and more.
I usually begin the mix with plugins and add analog vibes and harmonics with hardware especially in electronic and voice tracks. I use to reamp synths track through studio monitors or guitar cabinets to create a recording-like atmosphere and create a pleasant colored sound.
Once the mix is done, I like to sum them in a Neve 8248 to get this warm tone and make the last corrections with only analog gear. I always play the mix through different high-end monitors like KEF, Tannoy, Quested or Yamaha.
Working as composer, recording engineer and mixer with a pop music production team, I specialize in electronic, rock-like and hip-hop music style but I will be glad to work with you in any project!
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Reviews (3)Endorse Thomas JUSTEAU
Great job !
Applied, creative, works fast and effective ! Just got to ask. Had a few song on protools, some trax didn't sound good.. But Thom did some of this and that... At the count of 2 sounded better, count to 4 it already sounded good, count to 6 it became great ! Think of nicer and cleaner trax he hyped'em ! Shiny, fat, i'm ear pleased !
bonjour je m'appelle micky malong artiste , musicien bassiste camerounais résident à nice côte d'azur france j'ai travaillé avec thomas justeau qui vraiment un ingénieur de music en ébullition un jeune qui a un avenir devant lui qui, à son âge a déjà de très grandes qualités en connaissance de son ce qui m'a beaucoup motivé de travailler avec
I started working as a songwriter/topliner with Thomas in Paris 2 yo. He is a talented music producer and always concerned about every detail in our productions. He always makes me confident when it comes getting the best vocal performance out of me. As far as I’m concerned as a singer, his mixes sounded pretty good to my ears!
Interview with Thomas JUSTEAU
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would say the days I worked for Ricky Martin or Ben Affleck not as an studio assistant but as a sound engineer of my own, they were both surrealistic!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m working on several electro-pop productions and some remixes.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have so many advantages but I would say digital for producing, analog for layering and digital/analog for mixing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will make my best to make it great!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like the creativity of producing or mixing music. It’s always a different world like traveling through different cultures.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That audio mixing is the solution to a bad production.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My guitar and my laptop of course, a great vocal microphone like the Manley Reference with a Neve 1081 and maybe a Urei LA-4. How do we find electricity on a desert island? I’ll take my acoustic guitar!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Like a lot of people these days, I tried different paths in my life, in science and electronic, but I never stop playing music. I began producing 5 years ago and I am working as a professional producer and sound engineer since 2014.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I use to compose quite busy atmospheres in my productions and use layering in order to create an original sound, although we have some greats examples of minimalist productions that sound fantastically good.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with some producers like Shellback or the Stargate production team for their talent to work with great artists from different styles.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Noise and distortion are your friends!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on electro and pop songs. Nowadays, almost everyone works this way and we have to recreate the feeling of real instruments out of digital VST instruments.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Giving life to a in-the-box production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Movement and analog vibes!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First thing first, I listen to the music! Then I have to understand its purpose and where/when it takes place in order to define in which direction to go. It is then necessary to define a sound cohesion (location, space, sound texture…) between all the tracks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Regarding the music production, I work on my macbook pro most of the time. It’s amazing how computers and softwares allow us to have such an incredible work power! For recording and mixing, I usually work on a Neve 8248 console and several analog outboards (Urei, SSL, DBX, TubeTech ...) in parallel with many plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Many artists! I am thinking of certain Swedish, English or American production teams. But also some artists/bands such as Pink Floyd, Daft Punk or even Kanye West who have shaken the music industry by their originality.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I spend most of my time in the studio producing, arranging and mixing pop songs as part of a production team. I have also worked a lot on voiceover sessions whether for video games, commercials or for the movie industry.