The audiophile behind Mega Mango, the producer of diet lemon, and the mixing/mastering engineer for a few Philadelphia indie rock musicians. From indie rock to hip hop, alternative to electronic, diet lemon puts quality production and sound design at the forefront of every project.
Expanding his reach into all aspects of sound, diet lemon works as a self titled solo artist, guitarist and producer of the Philadelphia alt-rock group Mega Mango, and also produces for more musicians and sync unrestricted by genre. Your budget solution to high fidelity mixing and mastering.
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Interview with diet lemon
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Risk by Mega Mango. I was the producer, the mixing and mastering engineer, and the guitarist. The song means a lot to me lyrically, and sonically I believe it is one of my best works to date.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Finishing up a new song for my band, Mega Mango.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because it's more surgical and more accessible.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I treat every song like it's my own. At the end of the day this something I was involved with, and I want it to sound the best it can be.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to hear so many different types of music, and having the opportunity to shape the sound the way they want it. I like seeing the client's face when the song finally sounds the way they want it to.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy, but it's a science and an art. It should be respected as such.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask all my clients to give me playlists of reference tracks.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Focus on finding the right fit for your project. That means finding someone who wants to work WITH you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since 2015 I have been working in DAWs, but in 2020 I began working with Elton Audio Records which helped bring my skillset up to a professional level. Additionally, I expanded my production skills to handle faster turnaround, and more variation in sound design which can be heard in Mega Mango and diet lemon's discography.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Warm but dynamic, textured and large
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Hippo Campus because they've had such a huge influence on my sound, and general appreciation for music production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always use your meters, and check it regularly. Aka: Justify what you're hearing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock & pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start with gain-staging, and then focus on EQ and compression for each track individually. Once this is done, I usually bus tracks into groups for control, and then once again for preliminary mastering. This ensures I have a flat frequency response which sets the mix up perfectly for mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I primarily work in Logic Pro X for my DAW on my iMac Pro 32gb ram (2020). It's capable of handling very large projects, which works effortlessly alongside a plethora of stock and 3rd party plugins to treat and expand any soundscape.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love BJ Burton's work, especially with his involvement in Hippo Campus' first two LPs and Bon Iver's "i,i".
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly focus on mixing and mastering for various genres, however I specialize in rock and pop.