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Interview with Tony McVaney
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I originally pursued just being an artist. I've been a part of writing two of my own records but the thing I was never fully happy with was the mixing job we would get back. It just never had that "THIS IS IT" feeling. I loved the songs but I felt they weren't being portrayed the way I imagined them sounding. So I took matters into my own hands to learn the art of production and mixing to make sure anything else I ever release in the future I would be fully satisfied with. Along the way I ended up meeting other artists who felt the same about their records and I ended up falling in love with seeing the excitement and success they received after working with them. I've been doing this for 5 years now and the feeling I get seeing a client proud and happy with their song is just as strong as the first time I delivered my first master. I hope to continue this trend with you.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mix with your ears, not with your eyes. Also, have fun experimenting!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Moving to Nashville has given me an abundance of Country and Pop Country tracks to work on but before I moved I had a hand in a lot of Indie and Rock music. (Pop punk, Metal, the whole rock spectrum) This is something I definitely don't limit myself on though. I have an appreciation of all genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually when I work with artists they come to me with either a rough piano track with vocal ideas or acoustic guitar with vocal ideas. Sometimes it's even just a voice memo on their phones. But we'll take that starting point and they will have me blow it up with a bunch of tracks and instrument hooks. Then I'll have them come track vocals at the studio or if they have access to a studio, send me their multiple vocals takes. I'll comp them, tune them, record harmonies if requested and then I begin the mixing process. I also do just mixing and mastering as well if an artist has everything tracked the way they like. Either themselves or with another engineer. Everybody has a slightly different process but at the end of the day I treat every single track I work on as if it were my own with attention to detail. Being an artist myself, I understand the importance of honing in on a vision and making it a reality.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord-Alge is hands down my favorite Mixing Engineer. He has had his hands on most of my all time favorite records so his mixing style is what I try to emulate with my own spin on it. He has such a diverse range of genres he works in, which is what I aspire to do as well.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The bulk of my producing work consists of Modern Country and Pop music but I'm known as the "Metal guy who does Country" since I am also a touring frontman for a heavy rock band.