I´m a producer, songwriter and mixing engineer from Finland. I have worked with many famous finnish artists and i have 15 years experience of engineering, mixing, producing and songwriting.I had a hit single "Girl´s Prayer" by Cyndi Wang in Taiwan 2016. Have worked with Warner and Universal and many independent labels.
I do mainly music production and mixing but also mastering. I have strong musical background as a musician. I´m very versatile, i play keyboards, guitar, bass and can also do modern sound production. I´m a good singer also. My strongest passion is pop and electronic music but i like all kinds of music and i´m not limited to specific genres. I write toplines and do backing tracks. I also do remixes and make music as an solo artist.
As a mixing engineer, i will always stay true to YOUR vision and enhance that. I take mixing seriously and put my heart and soul to it. It´s very important in mixing to get the best feel and vibe for you song. In mastering i will always respect the mix unless you want me to go crazy and do heavy adjustments.
I can produce and mix and master your song from start to finish or i can help you in songwriting, arranging and producing. If you think you need a fresh new ears and skills to take your music and production to another level, i can help you with that. Don´t hesitate to contact and we talk and see what are you looking for and what we can do together.
Note that pricing is average and depends on the project. If you want me to do producing AND mixing and mastering, we do a detailed price.
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Interview with Ville Alajuuma
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do purely mixing. Many times with mixing i do also editing, vocal tuning and sometimes play keyboards or program drums. I also do a lot of producing and arranging. Let´s say you have a song and you want it to have a certain kind of arrangement and "sound". I can do it for you.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As mixing point of view, some of my favourite mixers are Nigel Godrich, Michael Brauer, Serban Ghenea, Dave Fridmann, Philippe Sarde, Manny Marroquin, Tchad Blake. As a producer my favourite producer is probably Dave Fridmann. I love his wild, experimental and crazy sound and ideas. He has developed his own universe when it comes to sound and production. If i had to mention something different i would say Nigel Godrich as i love his approach of everything being so incredibly well recorded and thought. In his producions you feel there is no unnecessary elements. Everything is super well arranged.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a control room where i do my producing and mixing. I have Mac Pro with Logic X. Plugins including Waves, UAD, Soundtoys, Plugin Alliance, Softube. I have lots of virtual instruments including Arturia collection, Native Instruments, Korg Legacy Collection, Sylenth etc.. Hardware i have synths like Roland JX-3P, Roland JD-800, Roland Alpha-Juno 2 and Solina String Ensemble. I have SPL Channel One channel strip, Electrovoice EVT spring reverb, Roland Dimension D chorus and Drawmer stereo compressor. I have Genelec 8030A and Dynaudio BM5A monitors. I have Sennheiser HD-300 headphones and RME converters and preamps.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my versatility. I have a strong musical background as a musician and i can arrange and produce a lot of different kinds of genres and sounds. I can do more traditional sounding arrangements and also produce modern records. I`m not limited to specific genres, i have a view and vision for many types of music, as a producer and as a mixer.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work mostly pop, electronic and rock music. My strongest passion is probably pop music in general and electronic music but i like to work on rock and indie bands also. I love to work different projects as it helps to keep me interested and inspired. I love how totally different types of music and sounds can give something to each other.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be creative, be crazy. Always look for new things and ways to create. Try not to get stucked with your habits. That´s more dangerous thing to lose your creativity. Of course it´s good to have certain kind of basic skills and arsenal that you know you can work fast with them when needed but always when you have the chance, try to step away form the comfort zone and try something you haven´t tried before. I should do that more often myself. :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I graduated from Pop/Jazz conservatory as music technologist in 2009. I made my internship in Finnvox studio which is the most famous studio in Finland. I worked in Helsinki Records from 2011 to 2015 and recorded, produced and mixed a lot of artists there. That was my school for being a full time producer. From 2015 until now i have been working as a freelancer doing mixing, producing, arranging, songwriting and composing for commercials.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Probably my computer, Alpha-Juno 2, my electric guitar, AT 4047 microphone and my headphones. I think i could manage with that.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you think you are stuck with your production or songwriting or are not happy with your mix, i think it´s good idea to hire an outsider to help with some of the stuff. A fresh pair of ears are always welcome and it´s more fun to do music as you don´t have to do and decide for yourself. Believe me, i know what i´m talking about.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that everyday is different and every project is different. It makes me feel creative and inspired. What i like about music and producing and mixing that you always have something new to learn and explore. You are never ready or good enough. There is always something to be found you haven´t heard or thought before.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that i make everything to make my client satisfied and happy. I will respect the original vision and do my best to enhance that.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I grew up with digital tools but there is something special about analog that digital don´t have. But it´s the other way around too. I don´t care what the tools are, all i care is that the end result sounds good. So i constantly keep looking for new equipment to make take my sound the next level.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I finished workin on one commercial and mixing one album and now i´m working on a new project with a producer who is a friend of mine. We are writing songs together, he does most of the production and i right toplines and lyrics. It´s really pop with very retro feel to it.