Tell us about your studio setup.
The core of my studio is a Mac Pro Quad Core 8 Gb RAM running Logic Pro as a main sequencer. All the mixdowns are built around the full analog console CADAC manufactured in UK and delivering a transparent sound.
A pair of Genelec 1031A near field is used for monitoring system. Also, Bowers & Wilkins 800 Serie 2 provide great second monitoring system with high precision to finalize the work
Except for the additive eq and summing, most of the treatment is done inside of the box, I am a big fan of the API compressor 2500.
Analog or digital and why?
What do you like most about your job?
Collaboration, meeting new producers, discovering fresh music, talking about gear
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are the artists you like? Labels? Do you have a playlist of what you like? Tell me about how you created this track.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Come with a production you are confident with. Tell me about your taste. Print a rough mix of your session.
What's your strongest skill?
To identify the flow and the groove of your music and to prevent key elements to disappear, especially in a club environment.
What do you bring to a song?
Clarity, coherence, balance, punch and a second pair of ears for usefull advice
What's your typical work process?
Usually, it starts with a conversation with my client to identify the direction of my work. It is also at this moment that I clearly explain to my client the purpose of a good arrangement to achieve a good mix. Then, I prepare my ears by listening to my mix reference playlist which contains a vast selection of genres, intensity and mixes. After a first listen to the roughmix, I start with my moves. I like explaining the process to my client and the reason behind all of my actions. Indeed, l often invite him|her to take my chair and be part of the process.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I did 8 years of Piano and studied computer music and technology in Geneva. Since 10 years, I have been producing tracks in Techno, Trance and Tech-house under the name of Santis, Ben Russell and Kezon city. I have been also A/ R for two record labels based in Geneva.
Can you share one music production tip?
Everything is linked. A good mix is, at first, a good arrangement. Too many people, especially in electronic music, tend to forget and work less on this part.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Most of the time, I am working on Techno, Tech-house and Pop music.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I am mixing and producing tracks for my clients. l mostly work with various electronic music artist from the Swiss scene and German scene.