Music Producer I Mixer
Top 40 Music Producer, Mixing Engineer, and Mastering Engineer. I love working with good people on great songs. Specialized in Pop music.
Born and raised in Costa Rica, I was an award winning solo artist in Latin America until 2012, when I decided to move to study Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Moved to Los Angeles in 2014. 10+ years of experience.
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Interview with ESTICO
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The song Carbon Copy by Caity Copley is one of my favorite productions to date. It's just a fun, uplifting track. I produced, cowrote, mixed and mastered the song.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The first single of new band ESTICOandGRIFF.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Hmm not sure, haven't gone through the providers honestly.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever you are the most comfortable with. I like the practicality of digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to bring your vision to your production or project. And I will not stop until you are 100% satisfied.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to have fun and create awesome music with awesome people every day.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Hmm can't think of a question that has stood up.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I feel like artists sometimes don't realize how many hours of work go into a full production.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them what they want to sound like. If there's a specific drum sound or synth sound or a specific vibe they're going for. Also their timeline for the project so I can schedule it properly.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure your producer and yourself have good chemistry!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac Pro, Apollo 8 thunderbolt, Neumann U87, ATC SCM110ASL Pro for Speakers, and my fender strat.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out in music at the age of 3. Studied piano for 10 years. I also started playing drums at 12, formed a band and started playing shows with them during my early teen years. Picked up a guitar at age 15, started writing songs, and eventually got into singing. After being in a lot of bands as drummer and then as the guitar player, I became a solo artist. Released an album and 3 music videos. Had a big impact over Latin America, placing 2 of them on MTV Latin America's top 10. Won an award as pop songwriter of the year in Costa Rica in 2010. I then decided to move to the US to dig deeper into Music Production and Mixing, so I attended Berklee College of Music in what was an absolutely life changing experience. Moved to LA after graduating Berklee in 2014 and have been doing this for a living since. Can't complain! I have a good 15 years of recording and producing experience now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Synth driven pop music with a lot of influence form the 80s.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Coldplay was the first one to come to mind. Just because of their trajectory, relatability and global impact.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's all about the song! No production is gonna make a bad song shine. So make sure you got the right song before you start producing!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Top 40 pop music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I don't give up! I'll tweak a song until everything is just right. Also I am reliable and have strong communication skills.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my whole heart and soul into my work. I devote my whole life into creating music. I am very passionate about it to the point where sometimes I can't sleep until I get a certain section to sound right or things like that. I am a perfectionist and a hard worker.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It can vary with every project but for a full production I usually meet with the client, listen to the song, the tweak the song if it needs it. Then we lay a demo of the chords and the vocals and then I dig into the production process. Once the production starts getting into shape we cut vocals, then background vocals, then polish the production and go on to the mixing stage.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My audio interface is an Apollo 8 - Thunderbolt. I have a very powerful 12 core Mac Pro with a solid state drive and 32 GB of RAM which can handle extremely big session with no problems. My main monitors are ADAM A7Xs, I also have a pair of Avantones for referencing my mixes. As for software I use Pro Tools 12, Waves, Universal Audio, Soundtoys, FabFilter, iZotope, Melodyne, Auto-Tune 8, Maschine and many others.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My "heroes" in the industry are Max Martin and Dr Luke on the producers' side and Manny Marroquin is favorite Mix Engineer.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Artists usually come to me with a song and I help them bring their vision to life. I take care of the production, engineering and mixing.