What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a solo EDM project as a producer, and mixing wise I took a chance on a mixing competition just to try my hand at a real song.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog, because its 'limitless' and the purest representation of sound. The con is that analog gear is really expensive!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
The best clarity possible.
What do you like most about your job?
To be able to participate in a wide variety of projects and the ability to sort out the details of a track and polish it to the most.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I will make the track sound louder...
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Where do you want to go with the track? Do you have a reference track I can use to guide myself? When do you want the track to be ready? Do you already have an instrument or part in your song you want emphasized?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have your tracks recorded with the best clarity and resolution possible, also the more stems the easier it is to mix and balance. Also if you have already a clear idea of the sound you're looking for, don't doubt to communicate it to me as clear as you can so I can help you achieve your goals
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My damn monitors, They're the only sound source I trust. My midi keyboard, I hate mouse note input. My laptop, obviously is the main gear piece, the heart of my studio. My Audio DJ 2, as small as it looks, to me its a workbeast adaptable to any work environment. A lot of random cables because I hate to run out of patching options
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started learning producing since age 13-14, then I have been working with local bands, projects and by myself trying to hone my skills. I started out as a drummer, then I got attracted by the more technical aspect of producing and mixing so around age 19 I started learning mixing theory and buying better equipment
How would you describe your style?
Aggresive. I work really hands on. I tend to do a lot of tweaks and fixes here and there at the same time in an impulsive manner to try and put down the sound I have in my head. Then I work in a more systematic way trying to land the previous tweaks I've made to give the song a professional sound
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
deadmau5, his tracks are one of the best produced and mixed tracks in the whole EDM scene. Also I'd love to work with alternative artists like Ratatat, Tame Impala, Foo Fighters, Alabama Shakes, etc... Because their music has all these new elements I'm eager to learn about and how they take place in the mix.
Can you share one music production tip?
Go with your gut. No tutorial or book will ever match the sense of direction your gut will give you while working
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock and EDM based tracks
What's your strongest skill?
Technical and musical understanding of various instruments allowing me to treat them the right way.
What do you bring to a song?
I try to maximize the energy expressed by the song. Also I tend to be able to give each instrument its own space in the mix. Since I'm also a student architect, I tend to apply a lot of design theory to my tracks giving them that little extra that sets me apart of the rest.
What's your typical work process?
First listen to the rough mix a couple times to figure out the direction I'll be taking the song into. Then, figure out which is the most important element of the song/track and build up from there section by section balancing each instrument. Lastly I compare the rough mix to the work in progress, also at this point is where I like to receive input from the client, and from there, put the final touches to overall balance and energy of the track
Tell us about your studio setup.
I currently have a modest studio setup: I run Ableton Live on my Alienware R3 17", audio comes out through the USB channel of a Numark M6 USB Mixer into my Yamaha HS8s
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dave Pensado, Chris Lord-Alge, deadmau5, Ratatat, Travis Barker, Daft Punk, Justice. In general these people have inspired me to polish the quality of the tracks I work on, not precisely inspired me to become a musician-
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I usually do mixing. I take the stems sent by the client and polish them and get the track ready for the mastering engineer.