Patrick Perez is a curator of sound through his distinct abilities in music production, audio engineering, and sound design. His versatility opens the opportunity to explore new territories in film, fashion, installations and music, which assist artists & collaborators to bring their audible vision to life.
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Interview with Patrick Perez
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My most common work is mixing and mastering for my clients.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Daddy Kev, Lapalux, James Blake, Radiohead, Badbadnotgood, Gonjasufi, Anderson Paak, J Dilla, Madlib, Four Tet,
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is set up is very spacious. The instruments are spread across the room and it's definitely a space that lets you think outside the box. I have synthesizers, guitars, guitar amps, pedals, midi keyboards, live drums and drum machine
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process all depends if I need to focus on being an engineer, musician, or a producer. I try to balance and prioritize what songs need to be moved forward.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As I love to experiment and take pride to show my vision, I like to bring instrumentation, production, sound design, and engineer into my work.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Production/ Audio engineering
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm pretty versatile, but I grew up focusing on electronic music but very diverse in mixed genres such as rock music, hip hop and soul.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use less compression within your production, try to EQ/ respect each sound. Each audio should have a purpose.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I work with Fredericks Reginald, tylorj, zed grizzly and Jacob L. I enjoy working with them because we aren't afraid to create something authentic. We trust in one another's work and there is always growth when we leave the studio. When it comes to just communicating or touching instruments
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Experimental, textures, abstract
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path started with production. Once I damaged 10% of my hearing, I took that as a lesson to protect my ears and respecting frequencies in my own music. As my career continued I experimented further by using anything that is able to create sound towards my production. That built my skill for sound design. I've been doing this for 6 years now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Field Mic, Drums and micro korg (If there's power at the island)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Mixing is one of the most important part of bringing your music to life. Balance is crucial in order to tell your story at its fullest potential.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How did you find my work? What's your goal for this project?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: people can't tell if I'm sampling or recording live instruments because of my sound design skills.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Question: Who masters your music? Answer: Myself
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom to express myself through sound and frequencies
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise them satisfaction as long as they have a vision for what they want from my offerings
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. Being physical engages you in freedom
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Solo album, as well as other projects with other aritsts
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Open House was my debut hip hop album which I was specifically proud of. It was two years in the making and I had the opportunity to showcase talented Toronto artists off the album. It was their open house to my fan base. Its now available on imusic and spotify