Been in sessions with artists such as Mick Jagger, Nicky Minaj, Will.I.Am, Tina Arena, Future, Travis Scott, Wandering Hearts etc... I have been lucky enough to learn a lot of techniques regarding mixing, recording and producing with those artists.
Started as a music composer for TV (Redbull, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Akron General Medical Center etc...), I decided to take my career a step further and get into studio work.
I started in studios in France, developing a specific workflow which permits me to mix on large analog desk with outboard gear but still enjoy the easy recalls of the digital world.
To dive a little bit deeper I also chose to work in Mastering Studios to learn the craft of mastering in a real professional mastering environment using mastering gear and acquiring the specific mindset of this profession.
I then moved to London and developed my skills as a recording engineer and record producer.
This also helped me to start developing a side job as a session guitarist.
I am very careful about the gear I use, especially when it comes to digital gear (avoiding as much as I can undesirable artifacts).
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Interview with WheelieMix
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. But as said before I have a specific workflow to use as much analog gear as I can but still enjoy the recalls of digital. I am also happy to mix 100% in the box (as the mix provided in the sound samples example here).
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was really proud of assisting to sessions with big artists but especially Mick Jagger. It was during the production of his new releases. I felt blessed to being able to see it happening for 15 days of work with him. I just wished I would be there during the mixing stage. But my role was studio assistant at the time. Otherwise I try to be proud of everything I do. No point doing things in half measures.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a selection of tracks for TV. Synthwave tracks. I am also working on composing a music for a brand at the moment. I am planning on recording the saxophone part very soon. It is going to be fun ! In parallel with beta-testing for some companies.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, I just arrived today :) !
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will treat your project as mine. And will never do things as standardized way, like a factory. I will, of course, put my heart into it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative side of it : Using certain tools to reach certain sounds in order to enhance the song in a certain way that will please the artists. I also love the human relationships. A lot of the artists I have worked with became friends in the end. And that push me to help them bring their music to the top.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They mostly ask why I work on analog desk whereas there is plugins everywhere. I mostly answer that I also do mix 100% with plugins. But I am just more happy to mix on analog desk because I have the results I have aiming for way quicker, I love the feel of it and I prefer moving around the studio tweaking gears than starring at a computer screen.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Thinking when you are a mixing engineer you can master almost automatically. I work in Mastering studios to learn it in a proper mastering environment. Mastering requires a different set of skills, gears and mindset than mixing. Mastering is not just slapping FG-X, L2 or Ozone on a track. Also plugins doesn't give tubes/tape tones. They give an approximation of it. And so, in my opinion, need to be treated differently. Emulating a whole "analog" chains with plugins won't sound like this real analog chains in real-life. Analog is a different workflow and mindset than digitals with cross-grading ideas between them.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are their references, what is the global vibes of the track. How do they feel about it. What messages they are trying to transmits. What type of sounds they are after. And finally the super funny : What is your deadline ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask me questions. All the questions you need and to be afraid to ask for advices. Advices are free ;).
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer (to record). Gives access to DAW, VSTi, plugins etc... Shure SM7b (to record pretty much everything). Audio Interface (Arturia Fuse or Similar). Acoustic treatments. ATC SMC 25A. I will miss a lot my guitar tho and will maybe feel a bit depressed in the end haha.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for around 6 years now maybe a bit more. I started as a music composer then get into recording studio and I now live in London and so studio and production work in parallel with music for TV.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I encourage music to sounds true to the artists. Avoiding outrageous amount of edition, tuning and trying to get the source right so mixing became a game of making something very good excellent. That way, everything is rewarding : Recordings sound great so it is enjoyable to listen to, mixing will sound great so it will be enjoyable to listen to and to do it. And Mastering will be the ice on the cake that makes everything as the artists would want it. I try to avoid being in front of the computer with massive headaches to fix something that hasn't been done as the artists wanted. Sometimes it happens when I have the project to mix. But if I am also recording it, I'll try to avoid this as much as I can. Everything has to be a pleasure :)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would really like to work with any bands that are cautious about their sound, the dynamics of the sound and the overall vibe. I don't like music that is over-processed just to be loud and proud. So any band that have a vision of a sound (may it be 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, modern clarity, lo-fi etc...).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Avoiding what I did in the beginning : Do not mangle sounds to make them sound as you like. Respect the artist's tastes and understand their expectations precisely before diving into the song and adding 250+ tracks. Less is not more. But efficiency is more ;).
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock music. But I have been a lot into synth wave recently. I have also worked extensively on jazz/funk music thanks to the BBC Radio. Which is another genre of music that I really love.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and rock guitar production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to bring respect : Respect of the dynamics, vibes, emotions and messages. I am not here to compress the hell out of everything and makes everything sound like a commercial blob of audio. I can bring productions enhancement (sound design, real instruments etc...) and productions advices too.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I have a specific workflow which let me use as much outboard as I want but still be able to recall easily the mixes. I like to really listen to the song first to understand the vision. I also focus a lot on the rough mix and the references provided by the artists. And I try to not over-process anything if it is not needed to stay true to the source and the original emotion transmitted by the sound.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix on either an SSL AWS900, SSL 4000G or API 1608 depending on the project budget and sound expectation. I also provide mixes 100% ITB using plugins that I know will gave me best sounds without digital artifacts (aliasing, transients smearing etc...). I mix on ATC speakers, NS10 and Ollo Audio Headphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bloc Party for their super clever guitar parts. Jimi Hendrix for his vision. CLA for most of his 90's/2000's mixes.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and song composing and recording.