Alex Mader is Mix Engineer based between LA and Australia, specialising in modern Pop, Electronic and Hip Hop Music. With credits including DMC, DK, Tkay Maidza and Rama Duke, Alex works with a focus towards modern mixes with outstanding vocals, power and dynamics with professional experience at all stages of the creative process.
Alex Mader is a Pop, Electronic and Hip Hop Engineer based between Los Angeles, California and Adelaide, South Australia. Having worked at the Echo Bar and Fab Factory Studios in North Hollywood, Alex has had the privilege of learning under Grammy award winning engineers and producers including Bob Horn (Ne-Yo, Mario, Brandy), Jared Lee Gosselin (Pussycat Dolls, D12, DMC) and Dave Pensado (Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas).
As an Engineer, Alex has worked professionally at all stages of the creative process, from collaborative Songwriting and Production, through to Mixing and Mastering with a number of independent and established artists.
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Interview with MaderVMusic
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Its not so much a question of "or" but rather "when". Sometimes Analog tools are available and can help impart a certain vibe or sound that your'e after and sometimes Digital is exactly what you need to get the job done. In my opinion the best Mixers and Mastering Engineers know how to use the best of both when necessary.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I focus on three things: Clarity. Power. An undeniable impression In my opinion the best mixes are those that "couldn't sound any other way".
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: According to many of my clients, Communication and Transparency are two of my strongest skills in a collaborative environment. My number one priority is the happiness and satisfaction of my clients, whatever that requires for their project and their needs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to start my process with an open discussion with the client about the project; what they aim to get out of it, what their inspirations and goals are and how I can best contribute towards achieving them. After our discussion I take the files and get to work, keeping in mind our shared intentions for the project and my own perspective. Once I have the mix at a stage I am happy I have captured the vibe and feel that I am aiming for I usually share a snippet with the client to make sure we are on the same path before doing the first round of revisions and completing the project.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I specialise in all forms of popular and Electronic music with both established and independent artists. Many of my clients are artists who have written and produced their own work and are looking to take the project to a professional and radio competitive level.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work primarily as a Mix Engineer, taking the production stems of an ongoing project and providing the final Mix and often Master ready for radio and physical release. This involves collaborating with the client and identifying their goals and vision for the project and helping them exceed their expectations.