Ivan Blomqvist is a Swedish-born mixing engineer and producer. He is dedicated to bringing the artist vision to life and always give 100% effort in his projects. If you are looking for a future-facing mix sound in either Pop, R&B, or Hip Hop, don't hesitate to get in touch!
Ivan Blomqvist is a Swedish mixing engineer and producer living in Oslo, Norway. He has a bachelor's degree in jazz from the renowned Music Conservatory in Trondheim, Norway. Working from his studio he has mixed and produced countless songs for clients all over the world. He has a big passion for music and to collaborate with others, making their musical vision come to life. Check out website and Spotify playlist for more info and music.
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Interview with Ivan Blomqvist
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The song "Gold Covered Bliss" with the artist Neon Ion which I co-wrote and produced. I just love how the song turned out, it makes really happy when I hear it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I currently working on a solo album with featuring artists, doing sessions with new people and finishing songs with Neon Ion and EV.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Martin Vinje, great guy, producer, and friend of mine!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog, more vibe
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to put all my knowledge, experience and creativity into making the best track for you!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: When you find something great that you get to capture and share with others!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Well since I don't list prices (because every job is different) most customers ask about prices. I make sure I've understood what they want me to do. Then I estimate how long it will take me to do and we take it from there.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a producer is someone who sits in couch and says "OK guys, let´s do another take shall we" I´ll do anything you ask for from beats, melody, chords, arrangement, I can even aid with lyrics if needed ;)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have any songs that have the vibe your looking for? What kind of music are you into? What kind of time perspective are we working with on the project, is there a deadline? What´s the budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don´t be afraid to reach out, I would love to hear about your project and disguss your vision for the music!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: OB6, Apollo Twin, Macbook, SM7B mic, DT 990 pro Headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in the music business for over 10 years, starting as a musician, artist and songwriter then moving into production and writing for others.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Modern Urban Pop/R&b vibes
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Nao! I love her timing, voice and songs!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn how a analog synth works, if you know one you know them all!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative Pop, R&B, Soul, HipHop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Synthsm, harmony and rhythm. Thanks Jazz :)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A lot of ideas and creativity, I have years of experience write music both for my own projects and others. I really enjoy the process of making a song from scratch and creating a sound that fits the artist.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to start by creating a synth patch from scratch and jam out some chords. I then program the beat to fit the song and quickly start shaping the sound of the entire mix to get the right vibe.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a bunch of analog synths (Ob6, Rev2, Moog subsequent 37, Yamaha DX7 etc), Fender Rhodes, Uad Apollo audio interface, API preamps, LYD 48 Monitors, Fender Twin amp, Strymon Pedals and more
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love Mura Masa, MNDSGN, Anderson Paak, Bon Iver, James Blake
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically produce the entire track for the artist, including writing the chords and programming drums and tweaking the sound to fit their particular style.