I mix records. That's what I do.
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Interview with rroederr
Analog or digital and why?
Best of both worlds. It really depends on the project.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I like to work on very different genres. Preferably at the same time. This makes it easier to ignore typical genre boundaries.
What's your strongest skill?
To bring a song forward and catch the listeners attention. There's always a vision in my head how the song should sound and my goal is to reach that point.
What do you like most about your job?
I like being part in so many great projects. And I like having the chance to bring the music forward and to point out what is important in the individual piece of music.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be organised and know what you want. This helps a lot.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Like probably every sound engineer I started as a musician. Then I recognised a need to do more and got into producing. I went to university to deepen my knowledge and run my own studio in Germany since 2012.
How would you describe your style?
Very dynamic. For me a good mix means that all elements know their role and interact with each other.
Can you share one music production tip?
First of all stick to the basics and listen to the music as much as you can.
What do you bring to a song?
This is very different and depends on the song. Sometimes the production is very good and my job is just to set everything right. Sometimes I have to do more if I feel there is something missing.
What's your typical work process?
I work very disciplined. To be on time is very important for me. My main goal is always to satisfy the artists needs. These days I usually get the files via the internet and am in contact with the client all the time.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It's a hybrid studio. I got a lot of analog outboard gear which I mainly use for tracking. There are a bunch of different preamps (i.e. the Chandler TG Channel) which allows me to choose the best hardware for every situation. For mixing and mastering I usually go in the box these days. I like to simulate different listening situations by using different monitor setups which I find very useful. Of course there is a collection of selected instruments and microphones of all kind.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm hopefully inspired by all music which surrounds me. But if I had to name one engineer whose work I really appreciate I'd say Andrew Scheps.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Generally I do everything one can do in a studio: recording, producing, mastering, writing music etc. But my main thing is mixing records. That's where I got a degree at university and that is what I love.