I am a record producer, recording and mixing engineer with more than 25 years experience around US, UK and Eu with artists and bands crossing several genres, mostly indie pop, pop/rock, alternative, singer-songwriter, acoustic and jazz. I am based in Vienna and Italy and work extensively online, travelling to Us/Can and UK.
I reside between Vienna and Tuscany. I am mostly mixing for artists from anywhere, producing focusing on artist development, working on improving artists songwriting and sound taking them to a more competitive level, especially finding a music background connection and common artistic ground. I use state of the art high end analog and digital gear, and usually offer strong contacts and advices in the music business.
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12 ReviewsEndorse Filippo Gaetani
Filippo is a great person. He works in a great studio in Vienna. I was lucky to work with him on my songs. If you're looking for a nice vintage sound you should definitely hire him.
Filippo is one of those naturally brilliant music talents. His ear is flawless, and his work with us was effortless, confident, and perfectly what we needed. It's a safe call to choose him to work with, you can be sure he's going to to deliver solid quality, and if you have higher expectations it's very possible that those would still be exceeded.
Filippo and I met on a stand at Midem (music conference) in early 2000 and hit it off straight away. Since then, we have collaborated on many projects together, mixing for each other and co-producing. Not only is Filippo a gifted musician, he has a considered and masterful approach to any project he is working on. Plus, he has amazing gear!
I worked with Filippo on a one to one program for the recording of Begin Simple, and also Surrender. Filippo is fun, logical, and brings a wealth of experience with him. He completely understands what it is as a songwriter you are trying to convey, and as a producer his hard work and creativity now my songs have never sounded better.
Working with Filippo - on two records and across many countries - has been an educational and enjoyable experience, resulting in albums that I am proud of and that are far better because of his involvement. His genuine love of music and great creative energy make him a pleasure to work with.
An old-school, analog champion of authentic musical creation. He has a great ear and a nurturing spirit. Between his talent and his passion; I imagine it's hard to work with Filippo and not become friends.
Filippo Gaetani is a highly talented, professional and passionated artist & producer! Working with him turned out to be a very exciting, funny and amazing journey. He's open mined and unique in his own way! I can only recommend hiring him for your next session because Filippo will take you and your music to the next level! 5 stars!! :-) - Nina
Finding Filippo Gaetani was like finding a diamond. He is an incredible producer who creates soundscapes like your musical inspirations while not sounding at all cliche, taking the music a step beyond. It was a privilege and joy to work with him. The end product is something you can get lost in. He is a lot of fun and also now a great friend.
Filippo has mixed our last two albums and they sound fantastic! He is not only a great mixing engineer & producer, but also a nice guy and a good friend!
I have worked with Filippo on several projects and all of them were very inspiring and fun times. He is very professional, reliable and passionate. He helped me to reveal and enjoy new aspects of music production and engineering. Absolute recommendation!
Filippo is an inspiring Artist, Producer, Mixer and friend. I have been fortunate to work with him from across the pond on many projects. He pours his heart and experience into every mix every day.
Brian McRae www.drumoverdubs.com
Filippo Gaetani is a great artist.
It is always very inspiring to work with him.
Interview with Filippo Gaetani
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I develop artists demos with the aim to bring their songs and music to significative artistic and sonic improvement. I co-write sometimes. I write songs and instrumental music a lot. I love the art of recording, at my studio or in a remote location, no matter with which type of gear, fancy or cheap. Sometimes I just mix people's tracks. I perform a lot in the studio, too. Bass, Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Keys, Programming.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a producer I suppose these are the ones who mostly Inspired and Inspire me: Jon Brion, Dave Bascombe, Trevor Horn, Roland Orzabal, Nigel Godrich, George Martin, Al Schmitt, Daniel Lanois, Prince, Jeff Lynne. As a music lover Radiohead, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Rufus & Chaka Khan, The Police, Rush, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Bartok, Strawinski, Led Zeppelin, Debussy, Ravel, Hindemith, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is in Vienna and it's a beautiful space shared with lovely and passionate people. (Tic music studio, it's on Miloco studios of the world) I work with several Neve and Api preamps and love some boutique gear like Thermionic Culture and Retro Instruments. My favorite preamp is the old Neumann 476 though. I love using my FET47, and use sm57 and 7's a lot. 414's are ubiquitous too for me. I love my Oram DM summing amp and I mix through 2 Neve 2264 compressors. I love small setups too. I love Apogee and Universal Audio interfaces.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I am about to or wish to produce an artist we chat about their vision and their goal and I tell them what I see or hear. We listen and talk music, to see if we get along and we have some things or ideas in common. Then if we feel good we start recording scratch vocals and guitar or piano possibly over a beat or a click and work on the songwriting and structure. Then I do most of the overdubs myself or I hire a talented drummer. When I am 50% through a song we listen together or online, we add ideas or change things. If it’s a remote collaboration we stay in touch a lot and we update each other with song developments and ideas sending mp3s and WAVs across with dropbox or Wetransfer. When the song sounds good we do the final vocal takes and finish the various decorations, until we are both happy, especially the artist/client, who has the last word for me. If I have a strong opinion I gently try to persuade. I mostly mix alone, 1 or 2 days per song. I have some reliable mastering engineers in Uk and US.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I report what they say..:A better sound (unless it already sounds great), good interesting rhythms, interesting texture and colors, a musical arrangement which supports and doesn't intrude the lead vocal lines, a good solid bass line and low end, a deep and full mix.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I suppose: Recording and producing. Writing. Making artists feel good and respected. Develop their vision without getting in the way too much. Bass lines and interesting guitar arrangements, textures and arpeggios. Drums and Snare sounds. Backing vocals.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Alternative and Indie pop, Alternative Rock. Ambient, Jazz, Acoustic and Singer Songwriter.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen. Listen. Listen to sound aesthetics in your head. Follow your instinct. try to get that connection between the song and the sound you hear for it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I’d like to discover a young artist with a great voice and musicality without boundaries. Maybe the next Frank Zappa. On famous people, I always thought I could have done a great job with Dave Matthews Band because most of his albums always lack of low end and the energy they have on stage, and it makes me suffer. Then Fiona Apple for her immense authenticity, Wilco for creativity, John Mayer for his musicality, his guitar playing and band aestethics (providing he writes good material like in Continuum), and one album with Florence and The Machine, as she encompasses a wide spectrum of genres I like. Then Everything Everything, they are so inventive. Maybe Beck, he is hard to define and I like that. Thom York is taken, Nigel is just too g(o)od. One last, special and different album with Sir Paul, now that his hair is finally silver.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Not easy, this one. Try: I am a rock musician who invaded jazz territories travelling through filmic landscapes.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I dropped my classical guitar when I met Jeremy Spencer who taught me blues licks on his Gibson SG. That was 1978. A few months later I started recording all new ideas on a Reel to Reel Revox b77. I was 14. I never stopped since then.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Thanks for asking this. 1- My guitar 2- a 4 track recorder with lots of batteries 3- a small drum machine with lots of batteries 4- an AKG 414 mic 5- AKG 141 Headphones
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Prepare a solid repertoire. Write very good songs first, or at least good bits and pieces. We can glue them together then. Before hiring someone, listen to his/her work, do a bit of research. Then get into a calm conversation.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Tell me about your music and your sound vision, can you play me your tracks, can I listen to your ideas ? What would you like to do with your demo ? How can I help you best ? If you tell me what you have in mind I can tell you if I am the right person to help you or to work with..How many songs or ideas do you have written ? Do you play any instrument ?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Well, from the people who are not musicians or outside the music business ? It is all a general, total, big misconception. The ignorance on the subject is overwhelming. From the people inside our business and among musicians, the only big misconception comes from beginners and clueless amateurs, who expect you to do the job for something like 100 bucks or so.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: First thing that comes to mind… The unpersonal or short and unpolite emails usually go nowhere and I wish I never received them. The ones who introduce themselves properly and describe their project are the most welcome, and the most interesting to work with.. They usually ask if I am interested and if I want to meet them, or listen to their demo. How much will it cost and how long will it take for a given project..And when I can start. My answers are honest, both on my schedule and on the project or music. If I hear a genre I can’t help with, or something I can’t improve, I tell them. If the requested timeframe is unrealistic, I tell them. If the budget is too small I either tell them it can’t work and if I particularly like the project I sometimes ask if they could find a solution in a medium term. If they ask about location or studio I explain how I work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The interaction between sound and music. Recording sounds and music, blending ideas to creaft the final creature. There is a line of thought and imagination that connects music with sounds, like pizza with beer. They call each other, inseparable. And talent. Being able to work with people with a great voice or gifted musicians and songwriters.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I’ll put my heart in it, and it’s finished when we both like it, but he/she has the last word.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Because they both have their advantages and sound aesthetics. And the fun factor is important. Analog is sexy and fun. Digital is comfortable and reliable.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There is this great vocalist Violetta, from Santa Ana, CA, and Julian Lowe, Mastering engineer from UK..
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on an Ep with Jazz Pianist Don Grusin, co-writing for the band SheLoom, recording and producing the jazz-rock band Q-bizm, and soon producing a single for a young female songwriter.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I really like what came out from my collaboration with Adrina Thorpe, Russell Morgan and Martin Klein. I produced, engineered and mixed. The SheLoom albums, which I co-wrote and co-produced. I loved Peter Doran’s albums too. I also think that some minor unknown projects came out with a great sound, like brasilian Fabio Segal. One of the jazz albums I did with Stefano Bollani in 1998 is still musically very special to me..