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Interview with Digital Black Productions
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Kill the Action - For All You People Ep. I recorded, produced and mixed it. The band's sound is quite busy, with a lot of muff driven guitars and layers of synths. It was quite a challenge.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a 4 track demo for a band call Dog Skool. The style can be compared to Alice in Chains meets Queens of the Stone Age. Expect some rock n roll very soon!!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, Sohta Tsuchiya from Mixer's Hive. I trusted him to master some of my work....hits the nail every time!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A mix of both. There's pros and cons in each world.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will make you sound even better!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creativity.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Do I really need to change my one year old strings before recording? A: My god...YES! Q: What about my drum skins? A: Tell my you're not joking! Q: I didn't have time to practice a lot and I'm really not playing tight, can you fix my takes in the editing stage? A: Yes, but will you be able to look at yourself in the mirror?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Depends on the client, the music and how prepared they are to record.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Of course, check out the productions and see if you like how they sound. That's what I do when I'm looking for a mastering engineer for my mixes.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Probably my biggest pieces as I would definitely need some shelter from the rain till I build a hut.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a musician and song writer since a young age. As I grew older I started developing a deep interest in recording and mixing. I wanted to be able to do as many recordings as possible, independently. Fast forward to 2018 and I have my own audio production company and have worked with a lot of talented musicians. Yeah...life's good!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Gritty and punchy with a pinch of darkness.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Trent Reznor because he pretty much shaped my mind.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overwork it. Take some time off and get back to listening.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Metal, Electronic & Electro Rock...and the occasional scores for adverts.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Giving a unique feel to a track. Making it sound like nobody else's.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring colour, punch and a sense of uniqueness.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If it's a recording, I usually meet up with the band at their practice space to listen to some of their music. As an outsider I can hear instantly what's working and what's not, so I ask the band if they're willing to make the changes I suggest in order to get the full potential out of the particular song/s. In the studio, I use my chain of analog preamps and compressors on every instrument and I usually use my trusted Avantone CV12 tube condenser mic for vocal, acoustic guitar and percussion recordings. I have an Orange guitar amp which finds itself on almost every electric guitar recording which I do...seriously it's that good! Some artists prefer recording their guitars at home so I ask for a clean unprocessed file so I can re amp as many times as I want till I get the sound. I also like to add different colours and textures to the mix, It might be just some pads or weird effects in the background or a percussive loop to go along with the main beat. Experimenting with sounds is what keeps me (and my customers) happy!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a combination of analog outboard gear along with some really cool plug ins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love everything Trent Reznor has ever made, including the sound tracks. As for music producers...Silvia Massy and Andrew Scheps are definitely my favourite.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording, Song Arrangement, Additional Instrumentation, Mixing and Mastering.