Hi! I am a new recording and mixing engineer looking for first clients.
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Interview with Mark Lees
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What style of music do you play? Have you recorded before?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I am in the beginning stages of my career now.
How would you describe your style?
Traditional but relaxed.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't necessarily pick the take that is the most technically correct, some of the greatest albums are great because of the little mistakes.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on pop-rock music but i love working on anything.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is mixing, it is what i have been able to work on most.
What do you bring to a song?
I help to bring out the emotion that the songwriter is wanting to express. That i believe is the most important part of a song. There is no point in making everything technically correct if the emotion has been taken away.
What's your typical work process?
As a freelance engineer I usually spend a day tracking a band in a recording studio local to the band. I then take the session to my personal mixing studio and mix the song ready for mastering.
Tell us about your studio setup.
For tracking i work out of many studios all with different setups. For mixing I use pro tools 11 and mostly plug-ins to complete a mix.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
As an engineer guys like Dave Pensado, Warren Huart, Chris Lord Algae, Andrew Scheps and Mick Guzauski are huge influences. As a musician i have influences form across the spectrum from Lady Gaga to The Killers to Slipknot and Muse.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I usually work with an unsigned artist on a new demo single or EP.