Grammy Nominated Music Producer Mixer with a good sense of Folk, Rock, Pop, Film Music, TV etc. Mix and Song fixer.
Producer/Mixer with 37 years experience in many genres. Production, Mixing, Mastering, Vocal Comping available in a State of the Art Dublin Studio with Analog Desk, Valve and vintage outboard.
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Interview with Chris O'Brien
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Celtic Woman’s Destiny LP that was nominated for a Grammy in the World Music Category.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing a new Irish artist who has just been signed to a major.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital to record onto but through a load of iron.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Let’s get this right.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It’s a dream that I’m lucky to be part of.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge....
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It’s easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where do you see the track?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Amp, speakers, music library, headphones and a radio.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 35 years, originally wanted to be an Architect...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Too many to list....
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always imagine you are hearing the track in front of the harshest critic.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Many genres, recently Folk, Pop, Celtic and Classical Crossover.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Easy going personality.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Fresh ears and years of experience in many genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the demo, rough mixes and talk to the client to hear where they want to go with the track and where they feel they are at that moment.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic/ProTools with Apogee converters side by side with an SSL AWS900SE desk. Loads of great outboard and mics by Neve, Neumann, Urei, Avalon, Manley etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Danny Lanois, Mitchell Froome, John Brion Tom Dowd, Trevor Horn, Steve Lillywhite.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mix and additional Production. Helping Artists and Bands see the wood from the trees when they are lost.