Joe Hirst

Mix Engineer

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Joe Hirst on SoundBetter

Experienced and versatile specialist mix engineer with a world class mixing studio. I've mixed multiple UK Top 40 records including a UK No.1 and several platinum and gold singles and albums. I love bringing songs to life and happy to work on arrangements and parts as part of the mixing process to fully realise your vision.

I'm a professional (15 years in London) music engineer/producer/mixer/writer with a hugely varied credit list and range of experiences and skills. As an engineer/mixer I've worked with many great artists including Ian Brown, Beth Gibbons, Wiley, Ghetts, dEUS and Placebo. At present I'm focusing solely on mixing.

My varied background as both a professional music engineer and producer/songwriter enhances my mixes as I strive to make every song I work on as good as possible. I have an extremely accurate monitoring environment which allows me to make quick and precise decisions regarding low end and tuning for example. I believe my approach to low end really sets me apart from other mixers, I love working on 808s and heavy low end records.

I have a close association with UK urban genres such as Grime (credits include Wiley, Roll Deep, Ghetts, JME, D Double E etc), Afrobeat (Lotto Boyzz, B Young), UK Hip Hop (Aitch, Young T and Bugsey, Ms Banks).

I love a wide range of music and have done a great deal of work in the singer songwriter and pop and rock field as well. Please contact me to hear more examples of my work.

Selected Credits:

http://bit.ly/JoeHirst_Credits

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

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Joe Hirst
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Placebo
  • Louane
  • Howie B
  • Howie B
  • Howie B
  • Howie B
  • Gabrielle
  • Gabrielle
  • Gabrielle
  • Gabrielle
  • Gabrielle
  • DJ Shadow
  • Jedward
  • Jedward
  • Jedward
  • Sum 41
  • Alex Clare
  • Gyroscope
  • Alesha Dixon
  • Alesha Dixon
  • Alesha Dixon
  • Alesha Dixon
  • Violent Soho
  • Roll Deep
  • Roll Deep
  • Roll Deep
  • Roll Deep
  • Roll Deep
  • 1990s
  • We Fell To Earth
  • Howie B
  • Casino Royale
  • Howie B
  • Casino Royale
  • Shirley Bassey
  • Shirley Bassey
  • James Yorkston
  • Black Strobe
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • The Futureheads
  • The Futureheads
  • Casino Royale
  • Four Tet
  • Four Tet
  • The Futureheads
  • DJ Shadow
  • DJ Shadow
  • Emilie Simon
  • Bloc Party
  • The Tears
  • The Tears
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloc Party
  • Bloc Party
  • Abbamania
  • Violent Soho
  • Howie B
  • Roll Deep
  • Roll Deep
  • Ian Brown
  • Violent Soho

2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Elly O Keeffe
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    Joe Hirst is the best producer I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my artist career. His musical ear for arrangement and production is second to none. His understanding on knowing what is important to the artist who needs the care and attention to the music is hugely accurate and his enthusiasm to the music is what any grafting artist needs. Making music was an exciting, fun, emotional process and very rewarding. I look forward to the next track we work on together.

  2. Review by Howie B
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    I have been working with Joe since 2004 . He has been instrumental in all my productions . His care and attention to detail is second to none . The best shotgun to have in any recording session from Electronic pop to Rock and all genres left to right . My gotoo man .

Interview with Joe Hirst

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

  2. A: At the moment I'm spending most of my time mixing but I also have my own artist project (Ancient Lights) and produce and co-write with a few artists.

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

  4. A: I'm a huge fan of producer Mike Dean for his technical sonic and musical mastery and sustained dominance in the world of hip hop. Closer to home Wiley has provided lots of inspiration over the years and he's the only person I've worked with who can claim to have invented a genre of music! The Motown setup has always inspired me since I first collecting the Motown Chart Busters CDs as a kid. Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Norman Whitfield and many others are all legends. Musician wise there are so many but I guess Bill Evans, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis are some of my absolute hero's.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: My studio setup has gone through several locations and configurations before settling in my purpose built ground up bunker! The space is designed around my favoured ATC SCM100A monitors which are acoustically decoupled on springs and flush mounted in the walls for ultimate sonic accuracy. My room is incredibly detailed and clean with excellent bass extension down beyond 25Hz! The run has extensive treatment including bass traps around 1m deep covering the rear wall. I've used Pro Tools since 2000 am very comfortable using it! I recently switched to a PC (i9 14 Core) and do pretty much everything in the box (got bored of manual recalls!!). I use a large amount of Acustica Audio plugins as well as more regular stuff. Production wise I love Maschine and use that extensively. I have a world class mastering grade monitoring environment and it makes my working process much easier!

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

  8. A: If I'm mixing I start by simply listening to the reference mix and making some notes, figuring out what I like or I think needs fixing. Then I see how close the parts sound to the ref mix and check everything through before loading everything into my mix template. I spend between 1 and 2 days mixing a track and have no set way to approach things, I prefer to respond to what I've got to work with rather than sticking to a strict method. I work methodically once I've got a grip on what I need to do but it can change drastically from project to project!

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

  10. A: I believe I bring strong musical approach to everything I do. My career has taken me down several paths and everything I've learnt songwriting for example greatly helps when mixing.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: My strongest skill set is my deep technical knowledge and understanding of mixing that allows me to make parts fit together and move in ways that enhance the music!

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

  14. A: I work on a broad range of music but recently I've done lots of pop music and UK hip hop based stuff.

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

  16. A: Anything involving deep bass requires tailoring the relationship between kick and sub for example. Sculpting low end is common and possible in mixing but its much better to choose and program low end sounds well in the first place. Tuning, side chaining, filtering and most importantly listening just to low end is crucial. I listen to mixes with a low pass filter set around 100Hz so I can zoom in on just the low end and see how tight everything is or if anythings clashing etc. It works on headphones but I prefer to hear the bass in my chest!!

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

  18. A: I'd love to work with Dolly Parton as I love her voice but I've never really heard the kind of album I'd enjoy from her. I guess doing a dark stripped back Rick Rubin style re-imagination of some really sad songs could be incredible. Imagine her dueting with Ray Lamontagne!!

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Clean and detailed and hopefully transparently musically enhancing.

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

  22. A: I've played music since I was seven (Violin, Viola, Guitar and Bass) in various bands and ensembles and got into the studio side of things whilst recording my bands first demo when I was 15. I graduated from LIPA with a degree in Sound Technology in 2003 and started working as a runner/assistant at Miloco Studios in London in 2004.

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

  24. A: ATC Monitors, Acoustic Guitar, Laptop and interface, Royer SF24 stereo mic and Maschine.

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

  26. A: Do as much research as you can regarding what you're expecting to achieve and how you want your finish product to sound. Honestly evaluate your project and tailor your expectations accordingly. Organise and label everything with notes and ideas!

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

  28. A: What do you want to achieve and what do you love about the project/whats the most important thing!

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

  30. A: Mixing doesn't automatically make a song better.

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

  32. A: How much does it cost...it depends lol

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

  34. A: Creatively steering someones music and elevating peoples art.

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

  36. A: To do my very best everytime to achieve your goals

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Digital because I work on loads of songs all the time and don't enjoy recall! I love using analog gear and spent years working in some of the best studios in the world including Abbey Road, Capitol, RAK, ICP etc For me nothing beats a great monitoring environment with modern Acustica Plug Ins with a beast of a computer.

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

  40. A: Currently mixing new Tom Zanetti single, mixing several Splurgeboys productions, recording new singer songwriter Eddy Luna and working on my own artist project.

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

  42. A: I'm super proud of how the Ghett's album 'Ghetto Gospel New Testament' sounds, ita a great album that touches on many deep powerful subject as well banging hard!

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