I'm a mix engineer / producer based in Los Angeles with 3x Grammy nominations. I mostly work in pop, indie pop/urban/rock and singer songwriter genres, but also do a fair bit of vocal artists (such as Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand).
I have my own studio built in a loft in the Los Angeles downtown Arts District where I do most of my work. I use a hybrid setup (Pro Tools HD / Universal Audio plugins with SSL summing and a pile of outboard dynamics, EQ and FX), plus incredible monitoring (ATC 100s). Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
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Interview with Adrian Bradford
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I really just want to hear the music.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Feel free to reach out and ask questions!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My ATC monitors. That's it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bjork, always been my number 1. But I've been fortunate to have been able to work with a lot of my favourite artists.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do a fair bit of vocal artists, but I also a good amount of pop/rock, electronic/'future' urban.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am fortunate to have a very controlled and dialled in environment I work in, which allows me to be able to experiment easily but also turn out work that is consistently solid. I can deliver on my scheduling commitments too, which sadly you don't always find in this industry.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I love the creativity that's found when people break the "rules", and I find that inspiring. But having a solid engineering background allows me to fix problems and improve areas where this rule breaking isn't necessarily adding something creative to the music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For a mix, I love to get on the phone for a few minutes with the artist or producer to get a sense of where they are going. I listen to the rough a lot (window into the artist's mind!). From then, its all about the vocals and the drums.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a hybrid set up based around ATC 100 monitors, Pro Tools HD, SSL summing and Apogee Symphony I/O. I have a pile of I/O which ties into all my outboard gear; dynamics, EQs, FX, plus a pile of random 'futz' boxes, guitar pedals, etc, all which I can instantly access when mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Manny and Serban are (of course) my current favourite mixers, as for producers I love what's happening in the more niche electronic genres - a great place to draw inspiration. And of course, there is nobody better for vocal artists than Walter A, a now friend with whom I get to work regularly.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of it is mix work and production work. I also love to blend those two worlds; it is a great fit when artists have created albums on their own which perhaps need a little additional production as well as a mix.