Hi My name is shak I am a recording and mix engineer.
I have recording and mixing experience going back some 15 years, I have worked with UK hiphop, Grime and Dance artist over the years. I managed a recording studio and an Internet radio station.
I have lots of experience in recording vocals instruments and editing.
I currently work in a concert hall in central London where I mix lots of stuff from Jazz to corporate events.
I have worked with big name artist and bing corporations including the BBC, Bloomberg, Warner.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
Interview with Shak
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording vocals and mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I get inspired by all the artist I work with in one way or another. Each artist has their own talent some playing music some singing and some with their own production style.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a hybrid of analog and digital, I have the option to work in the box if I am editing or doing other tasks that doesn't require outboard processing. I can also send the sound out for external processing to my fleximix desk made in 1979 designed by John Oram great british EQ. I monitor using Genelec 1032A's and Yamaha NS10's.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A good ear and lots of production experience.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Recoding and Mixing
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Uk hip Hop, Grime, Dance.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: listen to the song as a whole don't get bogged down with details till everything sounds good.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I don't worship artist it depends on what mood am in and what I need from them.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Hip Hop / Jazz / Dance I work across so much stuff its all about the vibe not the style of music.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been recording and mixing for 15 years +
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A bottle full of water a big one
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to the person and make sure they understand your project
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: where is the final results going. How big is the project in terms of backing, and how much freedom do I have can I make changes or is it all fixed and just needs mixing.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything from being in the studio to working with different artist.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will do my best
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both analogue because all digital is trying to do is sound like the original analog counterparts. you can not have todays music industry without digital.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: no yet
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own projects recoding. Mixing lots of Live Jazz bands in central London, Barbican Milton court.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: So many I don't have one.