Joakim With Steen @ Red Line Studio Oslo

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Interview with JOWST

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role? I was the co-producer.
What are you working on at the moment?
CLMD, Ricky Martin, JOWST, LALI and Russ.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Haven't checked!
Analog or digital and why?
Digital all the way. Because it sounds better, and its cheaper. AND it takes less space.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will make it sound better.
What do you like most about your job?
I would need the instrumental files as separate as possible. One file for the Kick, one for the snare, one for the PAD, one for the shakers, one for the base and so fourth. If you dont have the “stems” for the song, i could do a lot with only the vocals. You could record the vocals in Red Line, but if you do it at home, you should record it so that you have one file for the lead vocal, and if you want a “vocal dub” you should have 2 dubs on all the things that you want to dub. Then i can make a nice stereo package of it. I will also tune it in a natural way, so it doesn't “stand out” in the wrong way. It takes about 2 days to do the mix. I will do It 90% finished the first day, and let you hear it, and with your feedback, i will finish the last 10% the second day. You do need a master. thats the only way it will sound “right” when comparing it to other music. It will, and is supposed to sound good before it gets mastered, but after a master it will sound a little better on smaller speakers, on lower volume, in the car and on your smartphone-speakers. You could be in the studio the whole time if you want to, and you can take the files with you when you leave. We dont make CD´s, DVD´s, so you would need a USB storage device, or something with an internet connection.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: Hi! I want to get a song mixed by you. what do you need? How long does it take? and do i need a master? The instrumental sounds OK, but the vocals is hard to get right.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I dont do it for fun.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
It depends if there is electricity there, but if there was, i would take my laptop, my headset, the charger, my Cubase license and a umbrella.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Since i ended my punk rock band in 2007.
How would you describe your style?
Just like everyone else. At the same time.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Corey Taylor, Kendrick Lamar and Jon Bon Jovi from the 90's on the same track..
Can you share one music production tip?
1. Vocals: Always let the dubs be in stereo, with an other attitude than the lead. 2. General: Make something that some people thinks is amazing, rather than something that everyone thinks is OK.
What type of music do you usually work on?
EDM / HipHop / Pop
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing and Producing
What do you bring to a song?
Typical Craziness
What's your typical work process?
Work hard
Tell us about your studio setup. Cubase, Fab Filter, Waves, Soundtoys, Serum, Kontakt etc.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
The Chainsmokers, CLMD, SEEB, The Weekend, Drake, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Jack U, Justin Bieber, DJ Snake, Major Lazer..
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do most vocal mixing, mixing in general on EDM, HipHop and Pop, and mastering.