Diet Lemon

Producer & Mixing Engineer

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The audiophile behind Mega Mango's most commercially successful releases, the producer of diet lemon, and the mixing/mastering engineer for a variety of Philadelphia indie rock musicians. From indie rock to pop, 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 solo artist, guitarist, audio engineer, and producer for multiple indie artists. His most notable works to date were with that of the band Mega Mango, where he was the producer and audio engineer for some of their most commercially successful tracks - such as Boggle and Risk. Diet Lemon has worked with Major Label artists and Indie Artists alike, providing digital audio engineering services for musicians at any stage of their career. Your budget solution to high fidelity mixing and mastering.

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Interview with Diet Lemon

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. 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.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Working on my next release as "diet lemon" while mixing and mastering for a variety of different artists.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital, because it's more surgical and more accessible at the moment. However, it is my goal to acquire analog gear when the day comes. There is an undeniable warmth and texture analog gives that is necessary to have access to.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: I treat every song like it's my own. At the end of the day this something I had a hand in and music lasts forever. I want it to be the best it can be.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. 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.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: That it's easy, but it's a science and an art. It should be respected as such.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: I ask all my clients to give me playlists of reference tracks.

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Focus on finding the right fit for your project. That means finding someone who wants to work WITH you.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: What?

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. 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 my released work as "diet lemon".

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Warm but dynamic, textured and large

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: Hippo Campus because they've had such a huge influence on my sound, and general appreciation for music production.

  25. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  26. A: If it sounds good, DON'T TOUCH IT!

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: Rock & Pop

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Digital Mixing and Mastering

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: sugar free citrus :)

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. 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.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I primarily work in Logic Pro X and Ableton Live Suite 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.

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: I love BJ Burton's work, especially with his involvement in Hippo Campus' first two LPs and Bon Iver's "i,i".

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: I mainly focus on mixing and mastering for various genres, however I specialize in rock and pop.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Hippo Campus
  • COIN
  • Wallows
Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Ableton Live Suite
  • UAD Plugins/Interface
  • Melodyne
  • iZotope Ozone
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