London based Engineer & Producer, Darren Bowes has been helping artists, bands and various companies achieve their sonic goals for over a decade now. MixedByDaz@db Audio™ offers a wide range of professional and affordable Mixing, Editing, Post-Production, Restoration & Mastering solutions to help you achieve your desired sound.
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Interview with MixedByDaz@dbAudio™️
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio production, editing, restoration, mixing and mastering are among the most common jobs I do for clients.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'd have to say that everyone I've ever worked with, heard or seen inspires me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly in Logic and Pro Tools, sometimes in Cubase and Studio One. Gear and Processing: Focusrite Control 2802, Drawmer, Aphex, DBX with HR824 monitors, Sonnox, McDSP, Slate Digital, Focusrite, Soundtoys, Eventide, SSL Duende, Eiosis, Relab, Softube, Antares, Exponential Audio, Izotope and FXPansion.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start by loading up received files in my Mix template, listen to the files (all faders up) first. A few runs. Then I would make sure that everything is clean (noises, fret buzz, rattle, boom, perform fades, etc.) and laid out the way I like working. Thereafter it's all about finding a good balance, making a few notes, executing the plan and the Mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity, a clarity of what the song is trying to say. Once I have this box ticked, then everything else becomes more apparent.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on Country, Blues, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, EDM, House, Folk, Latin.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take regular breaks !
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist who genuinely loves what they do. It's infectious !
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Open and Punchy with the right amount of grit and character.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been recording since I was six years old, had a brief stint moonlighting as an Auditor.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Microphone, Guitar, MacBook, interface and Coffee machine
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is always key.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I enquire as to their aims for the track/s, what they love hearing or listening too. How long they expect the project to take, various little details regarding the production.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm a romantic.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it sound like ____? Not unless we can get ____? to play that part or sing that verse.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything !
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Commitment, a shared vision and goal, nothing less than the best.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. I still love the sound and unpredictability of Analog, but Digital provides a super workflow and whole new world where there are really no limits.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Marco Schnabl
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Blanc Canvas album. It was my 1st production role. I produced, engineered and mixed most of the track on the album.