Versatile Canadian/American record producer who's worked with artists and bands such as 3 Doors Down, "The Voice" winner Cassadee Pope, and country/folk legend Radney Foster.
I offer broadcast quality fully produced tracks and vocals. I specialize in pop/country, but also produce pop, country, rock, metal, classical, R&B, EDM, and rap.
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Interview with Maks Gabriel
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It was a song that I did for multi platinum selling international artist Mia Martina called "Missing You." The French version "Tu Me Manques" went to number one on Russia's top 40 charts, and was one of the biggest songs on the year! It was exciting to see all the success it received in the European markets.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a bunch of Nashville songwriters' demos and pitches. I'm also collaborating with top writers at BMG, Still Working Music, Sony ATV, and Major Bob Publishing.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I do not know.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A little of both. Analogue for the character and warmth, and digital for the workflow.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to ensure that they are highly satisfied with the final mix that I provide.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get a lot of satisfaction when I make a client happy. Music = Joy
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask about turnaround time - I say usually 3 to 4 days max. They ask if I tune and edit vocals - I tell them I've been doing it for over 10 years, and I make them sound perfect but natural.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I guess some people think music production is just the recording and decision making part of the record. They don't realize that the modern-day producer usually works from a very minimal version or idea of a song, and basically has to turn it into something that sounds incredible!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them to send me a worktape/iphone recording of their song(s). I ask them what tempo and key they require the song to be in. I will also ask if there are any artist/song/stylistic references to work from. I finally ask them what their deadline is.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're looking to record a song to pitch to publishers or labels or if you're just looking to record your music for personal reasons, I have 15 + years in doing so, and I work with top publishers and labels in Nashville and LA everyday. I am definitely a good resource to use if you'd like a product that is correctly formatted to the constantly changing tastes and needs of the music industry.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A great acoustic guitar, a laptop with tons of recording software and plugs, an apollo twin, a Neumann U87, and I great midi controller with 88 keys.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was studying to be a classical composer/pianist. But as soon as I got a taste of the music industry, modern songwriting and production is all I wanted to do. I've been doing this for 12 + years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My production style is very clean and polished with just a sprinkle of quirkiness.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Daft Punk. I love that they experiment and use unconventional recording and mixing methods and yet they still produce great quality music that is sold and adored worldwide.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't only use the plugins or microphones that everyone says are the best or most popular - learn to trust your ears, and let them be the judge. As long as you are able to monitor the sound of your recordings with a proper set of speakers or headphones, your ears are will be your greatest tool!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Modern versions of classic styles - New Country, New Pop, Modern Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Making a song stand out by giving it a unique yet tame production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring strong melodic hooks, clear and cutting edge sounds, and I work on bringing out the desired emotional delivery in the vocals.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically work from a rough recording or worktape/iphone recording. I will then verify the tempo and key with my client. I will also ask if there are any artist/song/stylistic references to work from. From that, I can produce an accurate recording that lives up to my clients vision.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have built a custom home studio. I record all instruments and vocals in an acoustically treated room. Some selected equipment i use on the regular: Universal Audio LA 610 Mk II, UA Apollo and Unison Plugin collection, Vintage Roland rack synth collection, Martin Guitars, Native Instrument Komplete Ultimate Full Bundle, Waves Mercury, Melodyne.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin. Daft Punk. Mutt Lange. Busbee.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm generally asked to produce and record pop/country. I deliver fully produced tracks and fully comp'd and tuned vocals.