Affordable and experienced mixing and mastering engineer, able to work on any genre. My credits include Warren Ellis, PJ Harvey, Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, Mom Jeans, Blanck Mass, Just Friends and more. I will fully immerse myself in your project and make your record sound great!
I've been working as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer since about 2013, and have worked in studios across the UK and USA. I am currently a staff engineer at Invada Studios in Bristol, and also work freelance at my personal studio and at other studios across the country.
I have recorded, mixed and mastered a massive range of music with both high calibre clients and local grassroots bands, and treat every project with the same care and consideration. My highlights include mastering the soundtrack albums for Alex Garland's "Devs", composed by Ben Salisbury, The Insects and Geoff Barrow, as well as Warren Ellis' score to "This Train I Ride". I have also mastered music by Mom Jeans, Just Friends, and many other bands from all over the world.
I have mixed everything from large scale modern rock productions to orchestral music for Universal Music, live and gritty punk bands and more polished pop music. I very much enjoy working on different types of music with different approaches, and try to treat every project from a fresh angle. I hate the idea of only working on one genre or type of music!
Please get in touch to talk about mixing or mastering your project, and if you'd like to hear any more tracks I've done please get in touch or head to my website.
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12 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse James Trevascus
James is a true professional and his mixing is top-notch. Always takes our songs to the next level and places them in the appropriate context. He is very patient. Quick to get mixes back but also fastidious. He almost always nails the mix on the first attempt. Would definitely recommend James to anyone wanting to take their track to the next level.
We are so happy to choose James for mastering our album ! He did an awesome work. We wanted a clear and a powerful sound that we heard on an album he mastered (the Kvb), and we had it !! Something really cool about James is that he respond very quickly and take time to explain you.
Bref, James is a great engineer, very professionnal and a good guy ! No doubt that we will ask him in the future
James is truly the best at what he does. He always seems to somehow know exactly what I’m going for and brings out the things in my mix that I wasn’t able to. He’s also always been able to turn the song around for me really quickly. It’s always a pleasure to work with James!
This is our second time working with James. He did such a great job on our mixes that we ended up deciding to go back to him for mastering. Again, he was very communicative and willing to work with us until we were satisfied, being open to our suggestions, but also doing what he thought we be best for us and the material. Great experience!
James did an incredible job on our mixes. As well as being very professional, timely and communicative, he was able to bring his own vision and vibe to our tracks. Preserving the artistic integrity of our mixes but also making them way more understandable and listenable.
We did go through a revision process with James which went well, but at the end of the day his first mixes ultimately won out. Great instincts, ear and talent. Hope to work with James again.
James provided a crystal clear and super punchy master. A pleasure to work with (and an incredibly fast turnaround) Would highly recommend!
After getting my album mastered I decided to make some changes and add an extra song. James was able to rework the album for me to get this done. As always, it was really quick and sounded amazing! Glad to work together again!
James was a pleasure to work with. He was quick to respond to me anytime I had a question and he completely the job very quickly. He was very willing to work with me when I had some delays on a couple of my tracks. His masters sounded amazing! They took everything we were trying to achieve in our mix and absolutely brought it to life. I am very impressed with James’ work. I would highly recommend him, and I am very excited to work together again in the future!
I've never met another person in this industry that not only has the ability and ear to fine tune something to the most perfect degree, but is also thriving with his own ideas and techniques that he throws in the mix, keeping everyone involved on their creative tootsies. They say you can't polish a turd, but I have seen this man produce diamonds. Forever excited to get back to working with him.
James is one of the most reliable people I have ever worked with in the music industry. He is always open to ideas, nothing is too much trouble and in my personal opinion his skills are of the highest order, even at his relatively young age. A man who will stop at nothing to make sure the music he is a part of nothing less than superb.
We've been recording with James since 2015, and every experience has been nothing short of amazing. He consistently goes above and beyond to help capture everything you desire for your music, and his experience, enthusiasm and friendliness are the reasons we continuously work with him. I honestly can't recommend him enough!
Many in this industry have talent in abundance, but often they lack the personable skills to execute something great. James excels at both. His attention to detail, which is what I value most within this industry, is deft to say the least. He will undoubtedly better your project.
Interview with James Trevascus
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm really proud of mastering the score to Devs. It was a hard project to work on that had almost 50 tracks to start off with! I think the music is both beautiful and terrifying, and there's a lot of different styles across the album. It was great to hear the score on vinyl for the first time!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working with a female singer called Agata on mixing/producing a new track, and am also mixing a rock band which sound a little in the foo fighters world. This week I have mastered a synth wave band and a very polished pop band, both of which required different approaches and were very fun to work on!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm sure there is, I'll have to have a better dig through the profiles. I think it's great that you can access so many great session musicians though!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their benefits. I really love to track with analogue outboard, getting a nice coloured and vibey sound from the get go. I like to mix with digital processing as it's so easy to try out sounds really quickly. There are some absolutely incredible plugins being made today which really do hold up against analogue counterparts. The fact I can have 5 fairchilds going in a mix would be but a dream in the analogue domain! I do really love colourful analogue gear and find if I'm working on a track that needs some character, then it's always great to run things through some outboard that will give the sound some life and mojo.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll fully immerse myself in your project and won't stop until we're both happy and have a great sounding record.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that it doesn't feel like a job. I really love what I do and it's a joy and privelege to spend all day working on music!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we can polish any turd no matter how bad!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to know their influences, references and vision for the finished result
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to find someone you click with and can build a long term working relationship with. It's great for workflow and makes projects run smoothly. I have worked with producers who get a great sound but are a nightmare to work with, and than can make the experience much less rewarding.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Amphion One monitors or ATC SCM25s Pair of distressors UTA Unfairchild Chandler Curve Bender UAD interface with all of their brilliant plugins!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started recording in about 2010 and ended up going to university to study music technology. I got to to a placement at The Panda Studios in California where I lived and worked at the studio. It was a baptism of fire and I learned so much about recording and mixing. When I returned to the UK, I started as an assistant at Invada Studios where I am now a staff engineer. I began mastering for a lot of the bands I met in California and began to make a network within their scene. I also began mastering soundtrack projects for Invada Records where I have worked on some amazing releases.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say generally I produce a somewhat modern sound but still have a deep focus on vibe and musicality. I like to make my productions sound big, punchy and 3D, but also love lofi or 'imperfect' elements too. I think that if something feels good then that's what matters, and embracing imperfections can create a vibey and unique production overall.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Billy Corgan. I feel like his quest for tone and determination to reach the sound he imagines would be a really rewarding and educational experience.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't ever say no to an idea!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on anything and everything. I have worked on Hollywood film scores and orchestral mixing, large scale modern rock productions, lofi indie/singer songwriter music, reggae, metal, hardcore, polished pop music and everything in between.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: As well as being very experienced and hardworking, I think I'm really enjoyable to work with and I always bring energy and positivity to a session. I think this makes reaching the end goal much more fluid and fun, and my experience allows us to reach the desired sounds quickly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I will bring total immersion, and be easy to work with and get along with to make your record sound great, whatever it needs. I have experience from a lot of different approaches to mixing and mastering which enables me to work on any type of project. I can mix big and powerful drums, beautiful orchestras, shiny pop, lofi indie! I will bring energy to the project and make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I tend to be very artist centric and try to understand the artist's vision before starting a project. I approach my work from a musical perspective and try to bring a track to life. Although I will inevitably have some kind of "sound", I like to make each project sound unique to the artist and not make every artist sound like me. This is why I love to work with a wide range of different genres as it inspires new approaches and ideas.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In my personal studio I have a great sounding control room with Amphion monitoring, and a modest outboard setup consisting of a GML 8200 EQ and a Foote Control P3S Mastering Compressor. Software from UAD, Acustica, Fab Filter, Soundtoys and loads more.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by engineers such as Eric Valentine, Rich Costey, Shawn Everett, Tchad Blake, Pete Lyman, Mike Bozzi.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I split my time between mixing, mastering and recording. As a staff engineer and freelance engineer I run recording sessions for all types of projects. As a freelance mixing and mastering engineer I work in my personal studio working on anything from film sountracks to punk bands and everything in between!