Ever since I realised I could combine my love for music and technology with audio engineering and music production, I was hooked! Over the last 5 years this has grown from a hobby, into a pipe dream, and now a full time career. Whenever I’m not recording or mixing, I’m thinking about recording and mixing, or learning about recording and mixing!
After choosing to leave school at 17 to pursue a career in audio engineering, I was lucky enough to be selected from a pool of 80+ degree candidates for an internship at Depot Sound. Here I quickly got to work assisting the head engineer Neil Baldock (Kanye West, Neil Finn, Jim Scott, Joe Satriani), who threw me right in the deep end.
Through this period I was fortunate enough to work with some of NZ's heavy hitters, including dirty rockers Dead Favours, the danceable Racing, and the infamous Head Like A Hole, amongst others. During these sessions I learned valuable editing, comping, mixing, and recording skills, as Neil and I worked together to complete each project. I also put my musical skills to use moonlighting as a session musician on certain projects, performing additional piano, vocal, and drum parts.
I can bring your track to life with live drum, bass, and guitar parts, as well as offering professional editing and mixing services. Simply get in touch with me, and let's make some music!
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Interview with Noah Page - Depot Sound
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Have fun! We are so lucky to be able to do what we do, and if you're having fun while you're making music, your record will feel a THOUSAND times better.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My background is best described as indie-rock, alt-rock, pop-rock, and that's definitely where I feel at home. I do also really love listening across the board. Country? Sure. Prog-punk? Hell yeah. R&B? Let's go.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A little bit of cool, some "less is more" attitude, and just some all around vibes!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First of all, I always love to sit down and just have a chat with the artist if possible - get to know them! I like being comfortable around them, and I feel like if I can get to know them even just a little bit, then I can align my creative decisions with them too. Also probably just because that's fun, and it sets the tone of the session.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently rockin' a Universal Audio Apollo x8, into Pro Tools on a Mac Mini M1. Bunch of Waves plugins, also V Collection 7 and the Arturia effects bundle for epic synth sounds. Tascam 34B tape machine for some crunch when I need it - it's also an awesome provider of sick delay sounds. Vintage 60's pre-Tama "Star" 12, 16, 20 drum kit with a 50' Slingerland Radio King snare and Zildjian A and K cymbals. Oh yeah.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Oh man, so many. First mention has to be Neil Baldock. I owe that dude so much, and I have so much respect for him. Aaron Sterling, for his amazing sounds and inspirational creativity. Josh Gudwin, for his incredible ear and awesome advice. I also wish I could be as cool as Mitch Rowland. And Tom Elmhirst. You get the idea.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: During my internship at Depot Sound, we had a large range of projects coming through the door. Some days we would be doing vocal overdubs, other days full band tracking, and even session playing!