I've been involved with music and music production my whole life, there's nothing I'd rather do! Any genre or style, I've mixed, tracked or broadcast it! (sometimes all in the same day!) Just noticed how confirming it feels to have the "Bands I Sound Like" section actually contain bands that I produced!
A musical touch in a technical world. I am efficient and take great care in my work.
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Interview with Paul Abbott
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I try not to be a name dropper, even though this business kind of demands it........still, I'll say that I have had many many moments in the studio and in live situations as well, that I remember and talk about to this day.....and I'm constantly adding more!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working with a singer songwriter that has been around for almost fifteen years on a record that he deserves. Horns, a small choir and the best band we could rally for him. It's been a blast and the songs are amazing!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their merits, but you'll be hard pressed to work in a modern production without using digital technology at some point. I have a rack of select preamps from different manufacturers for different colors and sounds, but like most, I use a digital audio workstation for mixing and most processing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: As stated above, I do this everyday. For my clients, this is their baby. This is special for them to be in the studio and working on their project. So I promise, to treat any clients project like it is my only project while I am working with them.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the fact that it's different everyday! I also love the fact that even though I may do this everyday.......my clients, do not. This is their baby! They have THIS project, and maybe a side project or two, but THIS is the one that they are focusing on.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What are you working on right now?:) I tend to work on a lot of interesting projects!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: With computers and software a lot of people tend to think that this is an easy profession.....it is not.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: My basics are usually.......what are you trying to accomplish? What is your timeframe? What is your budget? and what do you need me to do?:)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Weigh your goals and tastes with your budget and make a choice. Not everyone is going to work great for everybody, but people try. Sometimes too hard:) Go with your gut and trust your aesthetic, not your ears.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An acoustic guitar and four sets of strings.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started taking things apart and putting them back together when I was four or five.....successfully around the time I turned six:) From there it was recording the radio from its speaker with a small cassette recorder......this of course turned into a four track that I must have replaced four sets of heads in at least. I had been playing drums since I was a small child and got a "real set" when I was seven.......I haven't stopped. Many years, many bands and a few genres.....punk, power pop, roots rock, americana, ska and funk.....hey, it was the '90's!.....and I've sat in with just about every style you could imagine........except death metal. From this I interned and assisted in analog studios starting in the late '80's. From there I was a radio broadcast engineer who ran live sound and played in bands and made records with friends whenever I could!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I try to make any band or artist that I work with sound like they sound. I try to be as transparent as possible, but I won't beat around the bush if I think the project is going in the wrong direction. Basically I just try to stay out of the way of the song and let it be its best.......everything works if you let it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Like my dream gig? I guess that would have been to do a record of Hendrix songs as a power trio. I'd play drums of course, Justin Meldal-Johnsen on bass and Prince singing and playing guitar. That might have been fun.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Practice and listen.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have had a long career involving radio engineering and production and live sound as well as studio work, so I have worked with just about every genre except Death Metal and maybe a few others that escape me. and yes, this does include polka, an Elvis Band, and even a solo tambourine performance. But generally I tend to get a lot of Roots Rock Americana Rock type stuff.........and female vocal based bands as well. and anything '80's guitar layered gaze based type stuff.... It's a gift:)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill would have to be my sense of musicality. I may not like everything that I hear, but I do know a good song when I hear it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a broad knowledge of recorded music and the technical know how to get where the artist wants to go.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Just as there is no typical artist, there is no typical session. Although, I do prefer to start with a solid foundation and build towards a known goal.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A studio is an ends to a means. That said, I generally optimize for workflow and sound quality over having every single plugin known to man. Too many options can kill just about any project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The people that inspire me most are the ones with their hearts on their sleeves, and that is in general, not just in music. I also admire the hard workers that strive for and earn everything that they achieve.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: There is no such thing as a typical client. Everyone has a different goal and a different path to get there, I'm just here to help!