I am a hardworking and reliable individual who is looking to cut my teeth as a Recording Studio Engineer. I enjoy learning new things and pushing myself to achieve my potential while helping a client achieve the heights they dream of.
In my previous employment I have shown myself to be capable and conscientious when applying myself to the task in hand, I am willing to the go the extra mile to ensure the assignment is completed to the highest standards.
Studying Sound Production taught me the techniques of recording and mixing in a professional studio. This also gave me the opportunity to become familiar with Pro Tools and Logic. Since leaving college I have worked hard to improve and refine my skills and knowledge in the field with home projects and personal studying.
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Interview with Mark Lees
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually work with an unsigned artist on a new demo single or EP.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: 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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mixing, it is what i have been able to work on most.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on pop-rock music but i love working on anything.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't necessarily pick the take that is the most technically correct, some of the greatest albums are great because of the little mistakes.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Traditional and relaxed. I find that rushing my work will end in me making more errors, taking more time and costing more money for the client.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working with audio as a hobby for 5 years now, but I am only beginning to cut my teeth as a professional.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: except for the obvious computer etc that i would need to run my system, i would take: avid s6 control surface, Neuman u87 mixed pair, 1176 compressor, tama superstar hyper-drive kit,
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What style of music do you play? Have you recorded before? What do you expect of me?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is a simple point and click job that can be done if half an hour and you can make anybody sound great. Recording alone can take more than a day depending on the project and i usually try to allow for 1-2 days of working time on a mix for a song before i call it done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's my hobby, I love gettin out of bed to go into the studio and have fun helping someone mould their vision.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I really like a hybrid system if i can. Most of the time it is project and location dependant but digital is getting so close to analogue nowadays that most people probably wouldn't notice the difference.