As a mixing & mastering engineer, I'm all about helping bands and independent artists to realise their dream of releasing original material.
For many of us, releasing our own music is the ultimate goal & It's my job to lend a hand at arguably one of the most crucial stages of the process. With over six years serving as a multi-instrumentalist session musician & a further three years working as a mixer within my local city, it is now my pleasure to be able to help artists achieve their final ambitions in the form of providing a professional, polished, radio ready mixing/mastering service.
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Interview with Ricky Smith
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Primarily guitar driven music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that moment when you get to the end of a mix & you just sit back & listen to how far the whole project has come. Its a great sense of achievement for everyone involved.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Provide reference material. It gives me an instant idea of what a client is looking for within a final mix/master & can help to cut down timescales.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kings Of Leon. - They seem to have every base covered. They have the great songs, great guitar tones, a strong rhythm section & the singer with the best voice on the planet.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Dedication. No matter the size or style of the project I am working on, I always devote the same level of attention to detail when it comes to mixing & mastering. I am extremely thorough when it comes to all aspects of a mix & will strive for excellence in correspondence to my clients demands.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Perspective. I'm big into songwriting & finding out what the most important part of the song is and what the strongest attributes of a song/recording are. For me its about understanding which elements of a song are going to grab the listeners attention. As a multi-instrumentalist I can relate to every aspect and instrument within a traditional band setup.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is typically designed primarily for mixing & mastering purposes only. Main features include: Pro Tools 12, latest software & technology that emulates classic SSL & Neve Consoles, Waves Plugins, Slate Plugins, KRK Rokit10' studio monitors & Yamaha HS8 studio monitors. Other features include: Avid 11Rack, Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Favourite Producers include: Bob Clearmountain, Dave Sardy, Chris Lord Alge, Rick Rubin & Butch Vig. Favourite Musicians include: Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Kelly Jones, Keith Richards & Noel Gallagher.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Regular work includes mixing "Singles" along with "E.P" albums. I have also regularly written songs for both bands & solo artists.