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Producer, multi-instrumentalist, recording and mixing engineer based in Rome, Italy. I work mostly with indie labels but I've been publishing for Universal, Warner and Sony too. I like to work from the early stages of a project (writing sessions, pre-production) to the end (production, recording and mixing). A good song is the only thing that matters to me. You can send me any idea and I will try to make It happen: I have acces to lots of really good players in town, and I'm a player too.
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Interview with Fabio Grande
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will have fun
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Maria Antonietta. She is a young and talented songwriter, that's why I'm proud. I did co-production, additional recordings, played piano and guitars, and I mixed the whole record.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, there's no religious reasons not to use the benefits of digital tools. I love to use analog gear to bring humanity, colour and imperfection.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Simply being creative
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Feel free to ask me anything you want, talk with me about your needs and tell me the story of your songs, the reasons behind the lyrics and the cultural landscape you are coming from.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1 upright piano 2 acoustic guitar 3 Api 512 4 sm57 5 4 track tape recorder
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: This is my main job since 7 years
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: M.I.A. beacouse she's so free and talented Thom Yorke, becouse he is one of my favourites Sam Smith, beacouse he is so true
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When listenig to a song: if something is distracting you from the main feeling maybe something is wrong.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, songwriters, indie and alternative rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening, understanding, producing and mixing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My knowledge, my culture and my taste. I listen to almost any genre of music, from Bach to The Beatles, from Morricone to Kendrick Lamar. For me the key is the quality and the feeling of the song, and the purity of the artist idea.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like first to talk with the artist about the song or the album. I need to know the story and the feeling behind a song. Then I want to exchange ideas about the direction of the production, the influences and the style. As soon as I got a scratch version I want the artist to tell me If I'm going in the right direction, I'm not jelous of my ideas.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with an hybrid setup, based on Pro tools integrated with analog outboard. I have different preamps (Neve, Api, Danking, Universal Audio), compressors (Overstayer, SSL, Universal Audio, Warm Audio, Dbx) and eqs (maag, kush, Pultec style eqs). Dangerous control room and summing mixer, UAD and Burl ad/da. I monitor trough a pair of NS-10 and Neumann KH speakers. I also use Logic X, mostly for writing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Nigel Godrich, Beck, Radiohead, Sam Smith, Adele, D'Angelo, Al Green, Gil Scott Heron, Bob Marley, Jonny Cash, Morricone, Damon Albarn, Tom Waits, Danger Mouse, Jack White and more
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Pre-production, production, recording and mixing engineer