Music takes time. It's all about feelings and emotions. If you feel it, you've got it! I'm here to help you. Regardless what acoustic style you have, I will take an Objective, Creative, and Professional approach to making it sound ‘world-class’...
"With years of experience as a professional Rock / Pop Keyboardist, George Ahas Lignos is able to help musicians/singers/bands or any kind of a modern production to achieve the best keyboard level. George has given concerts with his bands (including DangerAngel and Floks) in many major music venues Clubs and TV Shows, all over Greece, Europe, and USA, including at the Jazz Hall of Fame, Alabama, and performing as a support act on the European “The Damage Control” tour of Jeff Scott Soto.
He has shared the stage with great musicians such as Jeff Scott Soto, Delirious?, Sakis Rouvas, Notis Sfakianakis, Lakis Papadopoulos, Christos Dantis, Thodoris Marantinis(Onirama), Nikos Ziogalas, Penny Baltatzi, Marlain, Dr. Vodkatini, The Letrafons and many other famous Greek artists and bands.
Having worked with several top musicians with a variety of different styles, there is no musical production George Ahas Lignos isn’t able to take on..."
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Interview with George Ahas Lignos
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I know everything. I don't! That I can make you sound like Michael Jackson or Bruno Mars, when maybe your sound is somewhat different to theirs...Try to be you! :)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: DangerAngel's third album " All The King's Horses". It's been at least two years in the making. From the sound synthesis and the recordings to the performances and its final production - its been an epic journey. This album is 100% original and you can find my personality in it. I had the privilege of sharing this album with my brothers from DangerAngel and I think what we achieved a really authentic sound. You can check it out at: www.dangerangelband.com
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm producing and mixing a project called 'Citizen Jim' which is a collection of songs in the 'Old School' rock/rap genre. I play the keyboards for these songs. I am also doing the sound design and the mixing for a new short movie from Greece called 'Soutzoukakia' ('Meatballs'). My main project at the moment is producing, recording, and mixing the new DangerAngel album and touring with them.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet- but I'm sure there will be plenty people I will be able to recommend in the future.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 1. How long will it take for my request to be completed? Answer: That depends on what it is that needs to be done. For example, producing/mixing a single song might take around 20-22 hours. 2. How much will it cost? Answer: I have a list of fees on this site.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. Do you have a reference track. 2. Who are your favorite artists- in order to get an idea of the sound you are after. 3. Who is your target audience? 4. What format and platform will you publish in? 5.What is your budget? 6. What is your deadline for delivery of the final product?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be your self and try to be clear about what you want at the end of the day. Try and sort out in your own mind first, what it is that you want from your service provider- either as a musician or as a producer or mixer. A good producer/musician will quickly be able to spot what it is that your music needs and present to you an example of what that new sound would 'look like'.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can take the right production decisions when I have to, to help you reach your full potential. I love music and this is all I've been doing since forever. I've never done anything else. I never give up or at least I keep trying until I can do no more. I'm always trying to help musicians/bands make their music sound even better than they thought they could achieve.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I don't want to be chosen for my gear, but from the way I use it. I don't believe that gear necessarily makes you better, but it can help. I use anything that is available to me. What matters is knowing how to get the most out of it. Usually, I work with analogue Synths, Modeling Plug-ins. I try to record anything that I find interesting. Above all, I try to be original and creative. I understand audio conversion and audio theory, and this, in my view, is key.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Because I can. Actually, these days, the technology is such, that we can use either one without any major difference in sound. Ultimately, its a matter of personal taste and I'm happy to discuss this with you.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do my best. This means, I will give you a reasonable estimate of how long I will take to complete your task and quote you a fair price. I promise to keep you informed about the progress of your request. If the scope of the work needs to be adjusted, I will discuss that with you before proceeding down that path.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Its creative, funny, I meet people, I can express my self, and... that I'm getting paid for doing what I love to do.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Juno, Tape echo, SM57, iPad, Sega Mega Drive
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since 2002
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: "Glam Dirty SynthPop, with a NuMetal Cheese Flavour"
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm a rock guy, with a lot of flavors...I usually work with rock-ish genre artists but I have done a lot of classical, pop, electronica, cinematic, Christmas songs, etc...Oh, and I hate labeling artists.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually, we talk about what they want or how they imagine the final work. Then I try to inspire them through my musical proposals. I'm always trying to win their trust, and then I start to become creative.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Muse, Tame Impala, RATM, Dave Grohl, Rammstein and the list could go on for ever... -Why? Because they are unique. They have made my head spin through the years, and I have learnt so much from all these guys. So what could be better than to work with artists whose music you know and respect.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When you mix Do Not look at the screen. Music is all about emotions. Try to capture authenticity, avoid digital distortion and don't buy everthing you see. Be creative with what you have.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Air, character, punch, grit, melody ... Always I'm trying to bring out what the song has to tell.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the work. If you are a singer who wants your song recorded... If you are a band which wants to mix a new song or album..... If you want keyboards on your tracks....
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beatles, Muse, Prince, Deep Purple, Vufpeck, Tame Impala, Dave Bowie, Pink Floyd, Rage Against The Machine, 30 Seconds To Mars, The Roots, Clutch, ACDC, Kavinsky, Jean-Michel Jarre, Adele, Israel Houghton, Led Zeppelin, Black Keys, The Beach Boys, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac, Hans Zimmer, Linkin Park, Korn, Skillet, Sixx A.M, Radio Head, MuteMath, Shinedown, Foo Fighters, D'Angelo, John Carpenter, Elvis Presley, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Xilina Spathia, The Clash, Dream Theater, Ozzy Osborne, The Police, Whitesnake, Head Hunters, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Kyuss, Incubus, Queens Of The Stone Age, Alter Bridge, Rammstein