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Interview with Osman Acun
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Actually it depends. Sometimes I mix & master their projects or sometimes I arrange new beats or projects. But generally mix & mastering is most common.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have Yamaha HS series monitors and record my guitar or vox with Focusrite audio interface. I write my synth melodies and digital sounds with my M-Audio midi keyboard.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Polish. I call it polish in terms of before and after types of song. My clients easily see what differences are made or how the song sounds like after the process. Recognition of differences is not actually hard to see for clients.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ears. Every mixing process can be successful but I think it should be impressive while you are listening it. If you make your job using fully technical information, you'll lost the emotion.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: To be honest, I usually complete r&b and pop genres even I'm interested in flamenco genre. Industry in Turkey is actually not innovative. That's why I'm here. I want to share and spread my perspective to people all around the world.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Of course. For instance, if you got your clients' project's channels. While you staring it you realised that kick's saturation is not actually enough and it can't handle the whole song. In this case; technically, you inform your client to check and fix it. However, there is the trick. You should always be solution oriented. What you do is that you will open a new software channel and try your kicks to support original kick. Down high frequencies and balance low frequencies. Finally, you should have subbass kick to support another.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I like working with Çağrı Erdem. Because he always make me excited to produce new things. I don't close my vision and I don't say myself "He will like this strings". I always try new sounds, different and exotic synthesis.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't know my style's name. I use classical guitar and flamenco technics in electronic, pop songs. If we need any name, we can call "Flapop" or "Flactronic" music :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: First time I started to make production the date was 2010. In Antalya; which is the city where I born was, I bought home studio equipments with my friend such as mixer, sound interface, headphones etc. We began to record our friends' vocals and mix their songs. In this period, I was at high school and my love has not over. I'm doing this for almost 7 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My guitar, cigarette, beers, tones of books and maybe an analog synthesizer :)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: While choosing a provider they should think about that who is recipient in their style first. You cannot get efficiency from Rock lover producer if you are rapper even it is cheap or he is professional. First, choose the true person. Second, check the signals between your brain and producer brain in terms of understanding. Then, calculate the cost :)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your expectation from me about your project? What do you want by mixing and mastering your songs?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Hmm, I supposed I can make everything and every genre with my setup. It is really comic. First, you understand that you cannot sell computer and tomatoes in the same time.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They generally ask me that "Can you make discount for me?". I always do it because reference and experience is important. You'll be more qualified if you do more projects.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like sitting in front of my computer. I feel really free and dominant. I also like my job because of that I can produce something. I make something and I can listen it in my car 15 minutes later. Producing makes me happy.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: They should know that making my clients happy and satisfied is my first goal. I can promise I will show my different perspective to them.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both actually. As everybody know, analog is pure. Touching buttons shows the reality and feels more enthusiastic. However, some plug-ins are easier to see the final condition of making change (pitch).
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know anybody on SoundBetter.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Çağrı Erdem's new project will be released in all digital platforms. I'm arranged, mixed and mastered the project and last time I checked it today. Also 3 months later my flamenco album will be released and I always record my compositions to reach best sound.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Last year I worked with Derya who is female rapper in Turkey. She is respectable in Rap world in Turkey because she is successful I think. But, when you listen her in YouTube for example, you will definitely realise that all songs are almost the same. There is no harmonic melodies and real instruments. You always listen digital instruments. Derya and me wanted to produce something new and uncommon. I produced 2 songs for her and I generally used my guitars. YouTube comments made me happy (I can smell the quality, your rap grew up with you, etc.)