Top 40 Music Producer, Mixing Engineer, and Mastering Engineer. I love working with good people on great songs. Specialized in Pop music.
I've been making pop music for over 15 years. I've been the writer, the artist, the producer and the mixing engineer throughout my life so I can put myself in your shoes. I know what it feels like to be in the recording booth. With the skills I've acquired through the years I can really help you sound your best.
Born and raised in Costa Rica, I was an award winning solo artist in Latin America, then I studied Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and have been a professional producer and mixing engineer since then.
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ESTICO was the first producer I worked with, and he went above and beyond to make sure I felt comfortable every step of the way. His production is clean, current, and versatile—anything you can dream of, he can produce. I highly recommend working with him!
I’ve been working with Estico for the past 4 years and completely trust him when it comes to professional and precise work... whether it be producing or mixing. Not only that but he a really cool dude to work with.
His productions sound current and he’s versatile... able to do acoustic stuff when I need him to, or full productions. And his mixes are unbeatable for the price... I’ve heard $15,000 mixes that don’t hold a candle to what he can do.
Hire him if you need anything music related done... I’m always 100% satisfied with the results.
- Griffith Frank
I absolutely loved working with Estico. He is talented, driven, detail-oriented, easy to work with, and very reliable. He mixed and mastered my favorite song I've released. He knocked it out of the park and I consistently get compliments on the mix and master. Highly recommend working with him!
Estico is sharp, efficient and intuitive about what's needed during the creative process. He's produced and helped bring many of my/our projects to life, and I know I can rely on him to get the job done with excellence and precision. x
Estico is very professional and has incredible attention to detail. Highly Recommend!
Interview with ESTICO
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do a lot of work in the pop world, but I also love working in the singer-songwriter world. I can also incorporate elements from the urban, rock and latin world to my productions.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: They're different colors. I like the practicality of digital. I love the warmth of analog. With today's technology we can mix and match to our taste.
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! I would try and meet personally or get on a Skype call before you book a project. Check their past work and see if they would be a good fit for your project.
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'm very thankful for getting to work with amazing artists every day! I have a good 15 years of recording and producing experience now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I can work in many different styles, but my favorite is probably synth-driven pop music with a lot of influence form the 80s.
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, choose a song, or write it for them (or with them). 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. I work closely with the artist on every single step of the way.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have lots of real instruments at hand! I have a Minimoog Voyager XL, a DSI Prophet Rev 2, multiple electric and acoustic guitars and a bass. I like to incorporate this into my production to give them a warm sound, mixing them with virtual instruments. 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 2019, 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 favorite producers are Max Martin, Dr Luke, Ryan Tedder, Louis Bell and Ian Kirkpatrick. Manny Marroquin is my favorite Mix Engineer. John Mayer, Julia Michales, Ali Tamposi, Justin Tranter, Benny Blanco, Brian Lee, John Bellion and Andrew Watt are my favorite songwriters.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually work with artists who are looking to either get their song produced or mixed, or sometimes I even put together a writing team and write the song from scratch tailored to my client's preferences.
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 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: 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: 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'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.