I recently moved to Montreal from Chicago where I had worked in a major recording studio for over 12 years. I can provide a professional experience and a radio friendly industry ready sound. I am very easy going and humble, and can't wait to work with all types of artists and producers from Canada.
Currently I am working out of Studio 451 in Montreal Canada. In Chicago I had the chance to work with such artists as Timbaland, Boi1da, Kendrick Lamar, Future,Twista, Rick Ross, Rihanna, just to name a few. I will take what I've learned from these award winning artists and bring that knowledge to the table of every project I encounter. I have developed a warm sound over the years and have had all types of genres and artists played on radio and television.
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Interview with Brian "Cabby" Cabanatuan
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Working with Timbaland, Boi1da & Kendrick Lamar, and Herb (G Herbo) on their separate projects was extremely gratifying. Learning from the greats and seeing their undying work ethic and humbleness was very eye opening. Watching Herb grow from a young artist to a seasoned rapper ready to take on the world is like a proud dad watching his kid tear up a sports game. Lastly my time working with Tink on Winter Diaries 3 was amazing. The vibe and love in the studio was something I will never forget.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am mixing for artists that I've worked with in in the US for a long time, and freelancing out of Studio 451 in Montreal.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both!!! Analog for the sound and digital for the ease of editing and time constraints.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to always give every project my all. I will always listen, work hard, be patient, offer suggestive criticism, and strive for the best sound possible.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping a client make a product from thin air and obtaining their goal to the best of our abilities. It is extremely rewarding to help contribute art into our world.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What kind of music do I like? I would say it depends on the day and mood I'm in, I like it all.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That most engineers are yes men, which they should be to some extent. However I don't like to sugar coat much, so if I think a part is off or could be played better, I'll speak up. I always want the very best from an artist or producer, and I will always give them my all.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Have you worked in a studio before? What is your goal? How can I help you reach your expectations. I am very patient and humble, and strive to getting the best out of an artist.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're ready to take your sound to the next level and are serious about your art, you've come to the right place. I would advise to be prepared before you walk into a session, and to be open to working with someone who can help you achieve your dream.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Too many to choose from but 5 pieces I use everyday would be a Neve 1073, Urei 1176, GML 8200, an SSL 9000, and my secret weapon modified box that I won't divulge here.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for over 12 years in a professional environment. The more I'm in the studio and a part of the creation process is really satisfying and quite a remarkable way to spend your day. I can't live without it!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Hybrid. Part new school with digital and plug ins, part old school with a love for analog gear and consoles.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Prince (RIP) or Bruno Mars. Just the ability to play many instruments and their level of talent and attention to detail would be an incredible experience.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get it right on the recording, It is much harder to "fix something later"
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lots of different genres. Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, Electronic/House, Blues, jazz, gospel.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening. This is a service business so my experience listening to an artist's goal as well as their instrument is key to having a successful great sounding project.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My professionalism and experience in the field set me apart from other engineers who aren't as seasoned or only work on one genre. I worked in a major recording studio environment for over 12 years. During that time I worked with many famous and award winning artists and producers. I will take that knowledge I gained from working with them and bring that industry sound to everyone I have the chance to work with.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm a go with the flow kind of guy, so whether it is recording or mixing I'm always excited and ready to go!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Studio A has a SSL 9000J and Studio B has a Amek Mozart with Rupert Neve Modules. Both studios have superior microphones to choose from as well as all the great vintage and modern outboard gear and preamps.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mike Dean, Jimmy Douglass, Tom Dowd, are probably my top three influences, their stuff always sounds immaculate!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Lots of recording and mixing!