My priorities are the sound and the concept of my clients when I work as a Music Producer, Mixer and Recording Engineer.
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Interview with Kenji Domínguez Kato
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production and Mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I deeply admire John Mayer and Dave Pensado.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Small, but familiar and comfortable. I own a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, a Macbook Pro and a pair of Alesis M1 Active MK2
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: On production: 1.-Understand what my client wants me to develop, get to know the concept. 2.- Develop the sound of the production according to the concept. 3.- Record Guides to help the musicians and artist to remember what to play. 4.- Record accordingly to the sound we're looking. On mixing: 1.-Understand what my client wants me to develop, get to know the concept. 2.- Listen to the whole song with a little rough mixing, just to lay down the basics. 3.- Cleaning and rough mixing 4.- Creative Mixing 5.-Listening in different environments, correct accordingly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think I can really bring out the best sound of each artist. I believe that the most important part of the producers work, is done outside of the studio. To actually develop and land the concept of each artist, I can bring out the best sound they can have.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'd think my imagination while working on music, I find myself surprised constantly by the spontaneous ideas that come to me while arranging, composing or producing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Alternative, Electronic.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take your time to polish every single detail, cause in the end, the sum of all of them will give you something that you couldn't have even imagined.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Snarky Puppy, I could learn so much from them.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'd say I'm a "Trial and error" kind of guy. I like to hear things before judging them, and I can always change my mind about something after a good night's sleep.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this for about 3 years now, I'm really passionate about it. I have been making my path on my own.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Apollo 16 Thunderbolt, Focusrite Studio Console, AKG C414, API 560, UA 1176
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking for? How important is this to you? How much resources are you willing to spend on this project?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That the gear makes the sound.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Why is it so expensive? Because nothing great can be made quickly, and my time is the most valuable thing I have.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The way a song keeps on getting better while you work on it. The chills you feel when you know it's just right.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to capture your essence the best I can.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Each one has it's own advantages. If you want a deeper talk about it, lets go grab a beer.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Samuel Di Leo
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own studio: Fénix Music My personal project: Indigo Nova A rappers album: Mario Solís