Sam "Heights" Garay
I'm a mixing engineer/producer that has almost a decade of experience. You have heard my work on various outlets such as NBC Universal, E!, The CW, Fox Sports and more.
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Interview with Sam "Heights" Garay
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Music licensing pitches for advertisements. Working with a Trap Nation artist.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for mobility and convenience.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be happy with the mix.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Having a hand in helping someone create their art.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy. In reality, some of the sessions I mix have over 100 tracks in them.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: • What is the sound you're looking for? • Can you provide a rough mix of the track so I may hear your idea? • What is your deadline?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have your files in order. It allows your mixer to spend more time being creative with your mix than trying to spend time making sure the session is in order.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, back up drives, midi controller, mic, audio interface
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pharell Williams.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sometimes, less is more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Hip-Hop, EDM, and singer/songwriter.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and arranging vocals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: • Years of experience. • Quickness. I am quick with Pro Tools due to coming from a music licensing background where the deadlines are usually tight.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Listen to the rough mix provided by client to get the vibe and direction. 2. Review any notes / wants client has provided . 3. Begin mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mixes are done via Pro Tools using a variety of hardware emulation plug-ins. I'm a big fan of the Waves bundles and SSL suite.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ken Lewis, Max Martin, The Neptunes, etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I specialize in mixing/producing Pop, Hip-Hop, EDM, and singer/songwriter.