I'm Mikey "Vegas" Villegas, an Artist Manger, Producer/MixEngineer/Engineer, currently located in Cleveland, Ohio. My passion is MUSIC!!! I co-founded Area 67 Music in 2006 to help Artists/Bands develop their image & sound while guiding them through some of the potholes that can side track creativity.
I utilized my experience in the industry as a artist, engineer, producer to help artists who are overwhelmed and needing direction, and work with them to create a solid foundation that will prepare them for those moments when opportunity knocks. I feel very strongly about educating up and coming musicians about the in's and out's of the industry and equip them with the knowledge to make the best decisions for their careers as well as protecting themselves from the many scam artists that are out for a quick dollar.
I have had the opportunity to manage a number of talented artists throughout the North East USA, as well as engineer, produce and mix over a 100 records. I served as Label Manager for a small boutique label, Soundmine MusicWorks located in East Stroudsburg, PA for 2years, where I managed a roster of 8 bands. During my time with Soundmine MusicWorks, I stepped into the position of Studio Manager, Staff Engineer/Producer for Soundmine Recording Studios, owned by Dan Malsch (Producer/Mix Engineer).
I recently relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in 2016 and currently work from my home studio. I am open to working with types of music and am available for freelance Engineering, Production, & Mixing opportunities.
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Interview with Mike Villegas - Area 67 Music
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do a lot of engineering, production, pre-production and mixing for my clients. Lots of tracking for LP/EP's as well as songs for mix tapes. Editing is a large part of what I do...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by all types of musicians, producers and mix engineers. I'm always learning new tricks & techniques from interns, other engineers, producers and musicians. Learning from others and adding to my tool box is inspiring in itself.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Editing and Mixing are my strongest skills. I get pleasure out of cleaning up tracks, vocal tuning and alignments so that we have the best place to start for a good mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work mostly with Rock/Pop/Alternative & HipHop artists, but have worked with all types of genres.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to what your artists is looking for and try to guide them in that direction. TUNE TUNE TUNE. Less is More!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Joe Satriani - He is so creative and can tell such beautiful stories with his guitar. I love his tones and his work style.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want, your budget and be organized as possible.