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Interview with Marcos Mena
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced my own bands record in High School (3 years ago) and although I didn't exactly know what I was doing at the time I managed to create a song that was used for in-store play at Hollister and A&F stores, as well as played at my local airport.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Recording my new band's first EP :)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yeah, Benny Steele is really great!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, there are more capabilities and you can always emulate analog using digital technology.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To fulfill their artistic vision to the best of my extent.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: As a musician I like putting together a scene in my head with the music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? It depends.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That what I do is a hobby when it is a profession.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What feeling are you trying to capture? What albums do you like? How do you like your reverb(haha)?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: To provide lots and lots of adjectives to describe the goal.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Apollo Twin Duo, my Roswell Delphos mic, a nice set of headphones, guitar and amp. I'm also assuming there is electricity.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I currently study Guitar Performance at the California Institute Of The Arts. I have been working with audio for 7 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic yet sophisticated
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Hazel English, her music is really great bedroom pop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always sleep on your work, tomorrow brings new thoughts to your mind.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie rock, rock or pop music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creating a song that has texture
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A sense of completeness and fulfillment in the listener and artist.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I split up my mixing and mastering work into various sessions to try and get the best sound possible. I like to sleep on my mixes to get the best possible result. I always try to work closely to what the client is asking for.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use two Yamaha HS8 speakers, an Apollo Twin Duo, Logic Pro X and various plugins to get the sound I want.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote mixing, mastering and electric guitar recording.