Starting his career as a guitarist, Adam quickly found his home on the other side of the glass as a versatile producer, engineer & mixer. Along the way he worked with many great artists ranging from punk legends The Damned to Doves to Amy Winehouse earning 3 platinum albums, multiple top 10 successes and numerous radio hits.
He is now based in central Europe where he currently runs a thriving mix room, working with all manner of exciting artists providing professional mix services to clients worldwide, making a serious name for hit radio mixes and helping artists take their often self-recorded projects to next level, all at reasonable rates.
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Reviews (3)Endorse Adam Whittaker
Adam absolutely nailed my second track!! Didn't need to do any revisions. Totally on point.
Really great working with Adam! I'd say that I was a fairly demanding person to mix for (It took few fair revisions due to me having such a clear idea of what I wanted) but Adam was very accommodating to my needs, made great suggestions and was totally professional.
Adam mixed the first track from my bands new EP. The finished mix was brilliant and the band liked it so much that we are going to use him to mix all the other tracks as well.
Interview with Adam Whittaker
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working developing a young new act from the middle of nowhere, and mixing assorted fun projects from around the world.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I love tape, and would use that if I could when tracking, or sometimes to mix to 2-track, but at this point I'd also hate to be without the amazing flexibility of digital. I still use analog hardware, so am stuck in the middle of this one!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I give every project 100%. This is not "just a job" to me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the fact that I have been given to opportunity to help create so many amazing records from so many artists.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 5 pieces?! ProTools, some great monitors, an API mic pre, API 550 and an SM57!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I did it the old way! Started off playing became fascinated with the recording process, worked as an assistant, then ran a small studio, then worked in larger studios, then for some very famous producers and artists before becoming a freelancer like most of us are these days.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A tricky one; I'd say do everything for the song, and don't be afraid to leave some space. People tend to overcomplicate things when they need to remember it's always about the song/
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: all kinds!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Having a natural feel for what the artist's song needs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Good ears, lots of experience and mindfulness of the song, and the needs of radio.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive the customers files, create a session and check for any issues, reaching out to the client if I have any questions. I then have a play with organising the tracks as I listen through, probably making a rough balance so I can see what is in the session, and grouping things so they make sense. I then tend to make a few edits and fix issues I find as I play through before really stating to shape the mix. It usually takes me a day, then I'll check again the next day after printing a mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is based around pro tools and API.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm only in this because I would obsessively tear out the CD cover and read every single credit so I knew who did what on a record, so...everyone!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of project I work on these days has been produced by someone else, or self-produced by an artist who has reached the point where they want someone they can trust to take it to the next level and finish the thing with confidence.