Mixing, creating and enhancing tracks by using a selection of alternative acoustic instruments and creative production techniques.
Hi there, I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer and soundengineer. My passion and education have led me to working almost exclusively on acoustic music. I am good at creating atmospheres and arrangements with acoustic instruments and sounds, and providing transparent, 3D mixes, with a lot of character.
One of my favourite jobs is working with singer songwriters. I have worked with several very talented performers, usually in my role as a co-musician, soundengineer, arranger, or a combination. I also have a lot of experience with projects that lean more towards jazz and world music. I love these kind of adventures as they each bring unique textural challenges, and require me to use all my skills - of which communication is one of the more important ones.
After getting my degrees in Guitar (1999) and Music Production / Composition (2001) in Holland, I spent about 15 years performing a variety of styles such as Tango, Balkan, Folk, Swing/Musette. Today, I like using all these influences in the productional projects I am involved in.
A nice example of my work as an arranger / producer / musician is Parissa Bouas' 2013 award winning EP 'The Full Force Of The Wind', on which I did most of the arranging, played several instruments on each track, and took care of the mixing.
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Michiel is one of those producers who packs an incredible set of skills. He is an accomplished musician and performer with passion and quality simply oozing out of every note he plays. I had a pleasure of having him feature on one of my projects (film score for "American Jesus") and his contribution had proven invaluable. He's an incredible sound engineer with a keen ear for detail and character essential in giving a piece of music a mix it deserves. As a producer, he's got this very unique approach that sets him apart from many, many others. At that, incredibly nice fellow to work with.
Michiel is an amazingly accomplished and creative producer and audio engineer, as well as a thoroughly educated musician with deep knowledge of all aspects of music. He recorded, mixed and co-produced an audio book which I made together with the poet Han van der Vegt. Thanks to Michiel's unexpected and out-of-the-box ideas and suggestions, the end result was so much more involving and interesting than it would have been without his input. He really made the sound of the album come to life. Michiel is also easy to hang with: relaxed, tolerant and with a keen sense of humor.
Miсhiel has a great ear and fine attention for detail. He is also a man of good taste, open mind and much creativity. So all these qualities combined make for a great artist/engineer/producer. Did I mention his great communication skills (absolutely vital in making a record!)? No wonder I want to make a whole album together after we've just recorded one song. Really looking forward to it!
In every collaboration with Michiel Hollanders I discover a new world of sounds. Michiel is very generous in applying his knowledge and creativity to a project. He is a very talented and communicative musician and producer. I enjoyed very much doing my last composition assignment 'Maalem wa Dhilal' together with him. Very professional
Michiel is a fantastic producer. Thinks totally out of the box and is extremely musical - can play almost anything and can implement that virtuosity easily when a mix or track needs that something extra. He also knows his gear and knows how to play it to the advantage of the mix. It really is world class what he can bring to a production and totally out of the ordinary. The gear he uses is mint and his ideas are free and original. Loved working with him on my Big Low albums. He created exceptional mixes, was a great communicator and was a defining factor on the sound of those BL records
Interview with Pindos Music
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record with mics from Brauner, Josephson, AEA and Gefell (and some more lo-fi ones) into a Crane Song Spider. I mix hybrid, using Crane Song, Neumann, Chandler and SSL analogue processing as well as a load of plugins. I use the analogue equipment where it seems to bring something extra, but some plugins of today are just very good.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians from traditional backgrounds inspire me a lot, but I like to use these influences outside of their tradition. Many great producers around these days, I feel music production has really developped into an artform. Specially in the whole remix and hiphop arena's some incredible talent has shown up. From the big name mixers Tchad Blake is one which I have always liked.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Some years ago I mixed an album for Belgian / Australian singer songwriter Carl Cleves. The music was mostly done except for a few tunes, which I enhanced with some extra parts. There was one song however, by the famous singer Jacques Brel, which Carl had recorded singin along to a guide track. He gave me only the vocal, no click, no guide, nothing else - as somehow the original file had been deleted by accident. As he was travelling the world while I was working on it, he couldn't redo it neither. I loved the song however and I created a very atmospherical track to go with his vocal. It turned out fantastic and makes the song sound even more dramatic than the original. Matter of taste too but I'm quite proud of that one. The album got nominated in 5 categories for the MusicOz awards.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, Zlaya Hadzic, very talented and interesting guy who is more at home in Indie styles etc. He is also one of my favourite mastering engineers. Great fun to work with if he has time, sometimes he's very busy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with various creative people from around the world. Each job brings unique challenges, which keeps it interesting.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this for about 20 years although I was never doing it fulltime. I studied music production and guitar, but then went into playing other styles (balkan, tango, musette) which were not part of my studies. During the music production studies we just learned the basics of recording a pop band or an orchestra, non of which I have been doing much since then. The creative part of recording, arranging and producing I have been doing for about 15 years now.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer songwriter, soundtracks, various acoustic styles of music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Colour and character. A different twist. Sometimes other musical influences. If it is a song I always try to highlight the lyrics either by supporting or by contrasting in the sounds and arrangement.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Dressing up songs with added parts by me, sometimes complete arrangements, and making it all work and sound good.