Eduardo A. Vázquez
Recording, Mixing, Mastering
Mentored by some of the finest engineers/producers in the field, i have a strong knowledge of the techniques applied in Platinum/Gold Records. I can mix any style of music by understanding the vision of the artist in order to take the sound to the next level.
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Interview with Eduardo A. Vázquez
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To make the song go in the direction you want before working on it at the studio. A bad recording will NOT be fixed in the mix.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm very good at recognizing when the artist needs someone to make him/her feel comfortable.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm mixing a record for a tribute band (The Who).
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If a can send a "Vocal Up" mix version.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That i can make anything sound good even when dealing with bad sounds or bad recordings.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of project is it? What will my role be? When is the deadline?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Dont try to fix it in the mix, Organize your sessions, Get the sounds right in the recording.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: u67, dbx165, La2a, Mastering Labs speakers, nintendo64.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bob Dylan because he is one of my favorite artists of all time.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Country, Acoustic, Organic Music.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I had the opportunity to work on a joan baez song, i was the assistant engineer so my involvement was limited but it was amazing to witness the process of the making of a record of such high standards.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Michael Vail Blum is an excellent engineer i had the pleasure to work with.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog gear is absolutely necessary when you are recording if you are looking for the best results, when you are mixing you can get professional results in the box without using outboard gear.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to commit to the project and deliver the best representation of the music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like the fact that you can work anywhere with a laptop but i like the connection you get with the artist and the fact that you will help shape whatever it is in their head.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: i`ve been doing this since 2008, after school i worked on my own studio projects with independent artist for a couple of years while doing sound reinforcement for private events then i had the oportunity to work on TV as a live sound engineer (Monitors) working with big artists of the latin industry such as Ricky Martin, Thalia among others, after that i moved on and i did some assitant engineering for some old-school cats, until i builded some confidence to take over some projects for serious artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very organic, i`be been tought the old school approach so i'm always looking for a great sound to begin with, a good sounding room and microphone.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If i`m recording i like to have everything setup for the client before he/she arrives i like to give them a few minutes to get comfortable, talk a little bit about the song before starting the session. If i`m mixing i like to organize the session in a way i can mix fast without thinking where this or that may be, i listen to the rough and go from there, i keep notes on what the artist wants, and i usually start by having a good balance of the music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: U87 running through a neve 1073 preamp, La2a compressor, dbx 165 into protools HD
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Some songs require more work than others but in general what you're looking for as a mixing engineer is to find the key elements and enhance them with the tools (Plug-Ins) we have at our disposal.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I admire a few producers with very diferent styles like Robert "Mutt" Lange, T Bone Burnett, David Foster and Steve Lillywhite.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording Vocals and Mixing