Andrew Threlfo is a producer, mixer and engineer based at Hunting Ground Studios in Brisbane, Australia.
After receiving his BMus in Production at QUT in 2014, Threlfo immediately busied himself producing and collaborating with artists out of Gasworks, Alchemix and Hunting Ground Studios. In his time working as a producer and engineer he has already been lucky to work alongside such talented artists as Charlotte Emily, Bridgette Winten, MTNS, OK Badlands, and Vancouver Sleep Clinic.
Whether it's recording a band live in the room or spending months to create a precise pop masterpiece, Threlfo embraces variety and knows how to bring out the best from each artist. His love for music and the people behind it truly sets this producer above the rest of the field.
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Interview with Andrew Threlfo
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing, co-writing and engineering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rik Simpson, Greg Wells, Paul Epworth, and Jaycen Joshua.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My main recording space is a mid-sized project studio with an isolated (and great sounding) control room and two live rooms. One is small and tight sounding which is great for tight drums, vocals and VO and the other has a huge natural reverb that's great for drums, guitar amps and strings.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Ideally something fresh and some light and shade.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hearing musical parts to add to a song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly indie pop with a blend of live and electronic elements.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try to fit something unconventional into your song.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing music as long as I can remember, and freelancing as a producer/engineer for 3 years.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be well-rehearsed or open to writing parts on the fly!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do want to do with your recordings? And what does your schedule and budget realistically look like?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The opportunity to meet new people, be entrusted with their creativity and bring something fresh to the table.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Two EPs, one album, production mixes for a documentary series and lots of co-writing sessions!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A soon to be released EP with my artist Bridgette Winten. We both worked incredibly hard on this project and it's a record with lots of light and shade and natural reverb.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: UA Apollo Twin, Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6, Neumann U87 (preferably original), a MacBook Pro and my UE7 custom in-ears.