Kelsey Mastering

Specialist Audio Mastering.

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Rogan is unique in the world of audio mastering. From his studio in England, Rogan is able to draw on a fusion of African and Western experience to bring eighteen years of rich musical heritage to your music with the sort of understated confidence that only time can bring.

What sets Rogan apart is the sheer breadth of his work across genres ranging from traditional and emerging African genres to Pop, Rock, Jazz, Gospel and Musical Theatre. He has helped shape the sound of Afro Pop, Maskandi, Kwaito, Afro House and Amapiano since 2003, including the sound of groundbreaking African artists like Black Coffee. He has mastered thousands of albums and his discography amounts to tens of millions of streams.

Having assembled a significant collection of analogue and digital mastering tools over the years, his ever-evolving mastering processes have been shaped by the kind of experience that money can't buy.

Rogan holds in tension the many 1% decisions that make masters great while focussing on delivering the joy that only personal attention can offer. He believes that having a skilled and invested mastering engineer who is committed to understanding the story that each song is part of is the truest of luxuries.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.


AllMusic verified credits for Rogan Kelsey
  • Jethro Tait
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • The Soweto Gospel Choir
  • Dirk Van Der Westhuizen
  • Nicky Schrire
  • Ariella Caira
  • Loufi
  • Loufi
  • Jan Bloukaas
  • Loufi
  • Caroline Grace
  • Stiaan Reynierse
  • Jethro Tait
  • Chilu Lemba
  • Loufi
  • Wynand Strydom
  • Ruan Josh
  • Cheree
  • Bella-Joy
  • Taylor-Hope
  • Rooksein
  • Franja Du Plessis
  • Deon Groot
  • Ruiter Piet
  • Zahara
  • Ross Jack
  • Ruiter Piet
  • The Soil
  • Scheppel
  • Ruiter Piet
  • CRC Radiation

Interview with Kelsey Mastering

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: aKing, the album called Dutch Courage. It was the rock album that got it all started for me.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Qadasi, a South African Maskandi artist.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Not yet.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. Because you can't beat the flexibility, the choice of sounds, the sonic integrity of digital.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: If you present me with work that reflects your passion and make me part of the story, you'll get the very best possible outcome for your project.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: The occasional single that sucks me in and gets me singing along.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: "how long will it take?"

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Mastering is easy money.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Are you happy with your mix?

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Attention to detail.

  21. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  22. A: Evaluate the logic in your choice of engineer critically. What do you think you're buying? Don't play roulette. Find someone experienced and teach them to give you what you want.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: Laptop, Headphone DA and my music collection. I'd pray that Acustica and Plugin Alliance never went out of business.

  25. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  26. A: 18 years. I left the corporate telecommunications field, married a great woman and she gave me the courage and permission to follow my dreams.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Warm, musical.

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: John Mayer. I think he'd be fun to talk to.

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: Imitate well first, then find your voice.

  33. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  34. A: Pop, Rock, House, Afro-Pop, Kwaito, Maskandi, Gospel, RnB.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Sometimes a lot, sometimes a little. I like to say that mastering is turning sonic moments into musical moments.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I listen to the song, then I decide what tools will work best, and let the results guide me from there.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Over the years I've had everything from Manley's tube gear to SSL's classic G384 (1997 build). I still have some of it, but work exclusively in the box now. I'm trying to bring myself to actually sell the hardware but letting go is hard.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Bob Ludwig mastered a huge percentage of the CDs in my collection (yes I still listen to CDs). He's so humble, and his exacting standards place him in a league of his own as a once-in-a-lifetime figure whose immense talent, which emerged with new consumer formats, was matched only by the demand for it. I love the work of Clearmountain, O'Brien, Brauer, Marroquin, Ghenea...the usual list of mind-blowing talent.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: My work mirrors the market. I do a lot of Pop, House and Rock and the rest as it comes up.

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Fast 3 business day turnaround. 24-hour turnaround available. A huge selection of standard master formats is included, including streaming masters and mp3. Limited free master & mix revisions.

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