I'm a mix engineer specialized in Metal/Hardcore/Radio-Rock based in Mexico City. I've been working with bands since 2007 and mixed all kinds of sub-genres of heavy music, from Hardcore to Symphonic Metal to Djent and Thrash.
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Interview with Erik Monsonis
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Modern, aggressive, polished.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with a Progressive, jazzy style band. Kind of Polyphia, Chon, The Omnific etc. Modern cool vibes heavy-ish music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't cheap out on bass strings! Bass and drums are the foundation. Drums can be transparently replaced in the mix. Dead strings can't be fixed. That means flubby low end and no definition in the mix!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Heavy stuff. Metalcore, Djent, Deathcore, Thrash Metal. I'd love to work on some modern, crushing Radio-Rock, but haven't had the chance in a while.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I like to think I understand the creative vision of the artists I work with, especially because I mostly work on heavy stuff and I listen to it all day long.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A wall of sound. I like trying to figure out the way to make music occupy as much of the sonic landscape as possible. I love groovy and powerful mixes, that's always my end goal.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I get the labeled tracks in folders, along with a rough mix or pre-production demo for reference. Then I proceed to mix one of the songs. Usually the first single to be released. After I get the mix approved by the band (usually on the second revision), I proceed to mix all the other songs according to the sound of the single. All mixes are always delivered mastered. If the client wants it mastered elsewhere they must ask beforehand so I don't base mix decisions on my own mastering process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's simple, I'm using all in the box. The only cool hardware I rely on is my Kemper. I'm a big fan of the new Slate Digital plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I owe my career to Andy Sneap. I've been an all time fan of Colin Richardson, Daniel Bergstrand, Jacob Hansen, Josh Wilbur and lately I've been a huge fan of Adam "Nolly" Getgood, Mark Lewis, Joshua Wickman among others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually it's mixing and mastering. Occasionally mastering only.