Pop Music Producer with rich jazz background // Pianist // Producer // Mixing Engineer
Let me finish your ideas. I am specializing in harmony and rhythms. I will make simple musical ideas sound exceptional.
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Tomas is a musical genius, a kind individual, and a true professional. He can play jazz in the Bill Evans style naturally, because he feels it. He can play r&b in the Erykah Badu style because he loves the music, and feels it. He can play funk in a manner that would make James Brown proud because, again, he feels it. His technical expertise is only matched by his intuitive understanding of when to play what and how to do so. He has a gift that is pure magic, and the fact that he is so reliable m
Interview with Tomas Jochmann
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, midi controller, mic, audio interface and the most important thing, cables of course :)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All the musicians who are better than me, but also it can be anybody else. You can always learn something from anybody. I learned a lot from Fab Dupont. Fab was mixing my CD Special of the Day.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a project called Special of the Day, and this project started my career as a music producer. This project is a collaborative song production concept consisting of three musicians. This multi-cultural project harnesses its unique and eclectic sound from its diverse Central European and African heritage. There are no clearly defined roles as all three members bring their one of a kind flavor and expertise, whether it’s from a rhythmical, harmonic, or melodic perspective. My role was recording engineer, music producer and the co-composer of the songs.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on my own songs and building my musical ideas library.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. Because of comfort and speed.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to always do my best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the process itself. I like that something precious is growing under my hands.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? I answer a million dollars. How long will it take to finish the song? It depends on what kind of work do you need from me to do. If it's production, it could take from a few days to a few weeks. If it's mixing, it could take from one day to 2 weeks depending on my availability and schedule.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: If music is poorly recorded, don't expect wonders. I don't mean poorly recorded from the audio side but musical side. With audio, you can sometimes do miracles, but when there is no musicality in an audio material, then it's worthless to work on.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your plan with the record?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be specific in what do you want and prepare some reference tracks.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing piano since the age of 5 and actively make a living playing jazz and pop music for almost 18 years. As a music producer, I started my career five years ago. As I have a solid musical background, I am learning everything very fast.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with any artist who takes music seriously.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always try to listen to the song from the point of a listener.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: When it comes to a music production side, I usually work on Pop/Dance/Electronic music. Otherwise, I love all musical styles coming from Jazz so that it can be R&B, Soul, Funk, Brasilian Music, Afro-Cuban Music (Salsa), etc.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is an attention to detail and perfection in harmonies, melodies, rhythms, and cooperation in between them.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Usually, I bring harmony to the song, so it sounds musical and complete. I am a highly-skilled jazz piano player, so I hear everything upfront.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to work with the singers, so we take some musical ideas, make up a song parts, work on vocal melodies and harmonies. Once we got some lead theme, we make an arrangement, add some other instruments and sounds, and then we polish the recording. When everything is done on the musical side, then I mix (and master) the songs. Mixing I consider as an artistic process, of course.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The heart of my studio is Universal Audio Apollo Quad, together with Universal Audio 4-710d preamp. For lead vocal recording, I am using Neve 1073-style channel strip together with LA-2A-style compressor.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: There are so many things I do for my clients from playing the piano to the songs to recording bands to arranging to mix and mastering.