Brendan Silas Parry
New York based Mastering Engineer with 7 years experiance working out of Professional studio (Blackler Mastering) also able to work remotely out of my home. Attended and unattended session available, Negotiations to work within budgets is always accepted.
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Interview with Brendan Silas Parry
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Westend Blend EP made me realise I could do this for a living.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Been getting some EDM projects and a folk project.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sean Klein (Mixing and Tracking)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both all depends on the project.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Professional quality Masters at affordable rates, I'm a nice guy too.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I work on music all day.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q:How much? A: What's your budget.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: we just make it loud.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many songs, Inspiration behind the project, deadline, all normal easy things.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be Afraid to ask about anything, Mastering can seem like a dark art(which sometimes it is) but always ask if you're curious about anything.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Revel Speakers, Thermionic Culture Phoenix, Weiss EQ1, API 2500, Martin D45.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 7 years, wanting to open my own facility.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: tastefully loud.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kevin Shields/My Bloody Valentine, his music is so dense and full dynamics that it would be a more of a challenge and that's the only way to get better at your craft.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't Crush(Over Compress the master fader) your mix before mastering.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop/Dance, Rock (of all sorts), Folk/Country, Metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Critical Listening.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Closer, knowing your song at the of the process will be ready to be pressed, heard and enjoyed the way you intended.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First listen and understand where this song came from and let it tell you where it needs to go. Always being aware to get to the final master as gently and using as little as you can.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mainly using Weiss compression and EQ, along Thermionic Culture tube based equipment and a ole MCI Tape Machine. also using a plugin here and there.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rob McMaster(Capitol Mastering), Kurt Ballou(GodCity Studios), Pete Lyman(Infrasonic Sound), Brad Boatright (Audio Seige), and Bob Ludwig, Ted Jensen.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering, Track Arranging, and DDP Exports.