Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Well, I like my reference song that I produced and mixed. I was co writer too.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am doing constantly production and mixing to local artist.
Analog or digital and why?
Both, don´t make any difference in the end if the song is great.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I´ll give everything in got to make your song sound as good as possible, and as long as you are happy with it.
What do you like most about your job?
The music it self, and to make a good song sound great.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Is the song ready? Not for I to decide, but I can suggest production tips.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That mixing will make poor quality tracks sound great, you can do some extreme rescue Eq but it will not sound like
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
First, If they have a reference song, or otherwise strong opinion about the mixing. Then I´ll try to implement that vision. And do they feel they need help in arrangement. How much tuning they want to vocals.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
No question is a stupid one. I´ll be glad to consult you about your song before mixing it.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Waves classic compressors, my Fender American Standard Stratocaster, Genelec speakers, Mac Book pro and earbuds.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been doing music since I can remember. First recordings of my own I made with Fostex 4-track cassette recorder and boss drum machine. Then came the 2 inch tape with the bands I played. I was playing guitar in several bands for 15 years. I started then later on with Mac garage band, and from there to Logic. I have been learning mixing and producing with a couple of teachers here in Helsinki.
How would you describe your style?
Contemporary, in your face.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Adele, the reason is obvious. She is just amazing singer.
Can you share one music production tip?
Ha ha, less is more!!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly electronic and pop. But that is just because these are the most popular genres at the moment. I´d love to mix jazz fusion!
What's your strongest skill?
Vocals and the beat, If had to choose.
What do you bring to a song?
I try to bring first of all clarity, that´s very important to get the message trough. Refinement also to get that "expensive" sound. Then if needed I can suggest some arrangement changes, maybe to level up the energy in the song towards the end. Or make the flow of the song to go smoother. Of course I will not touch anything if not wanted.
What's your typical work process?
First I try to really listen where the client is aiming for with his or hers production. What is the genre and overall feeling of the piece. Then I gently start making the in my mind necessary adjustments.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It´s very simple, as many have these days. Totally in the box. I have tough very good monitoring, The Genelec calibrated speakers. I use waves compressors a lot and Slate digital plugins. My DAW is Logic Pro X. That is very good for electronic music, but of course you can do lots of genres with it.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
From mixing and mastering engineers I like very much Luca Pretolesi from Studio DMI, who mixes for example Major Lazer. Of course Andrew Scheps is very good. Production wise I like Greg Wells, who does Katy Perry, bands like Depeche Mode. There are so many good out there.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing electronic music, also help with the production, mainly arrangements if needed. Putting vocals in tune with Melodyne and/or autotune.