Vancouver based Mixing Engineer.
I am a born and raised Vancouverite who has been in the recording industry since 2012. Over the years in the studio I have worn every hat from intern to producer/engineer and have gained invaluable skills along the way. Throughout the course of my career, I've studied and honed my craft under the guidance of Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Said the Whale, Monowhales).
My ability to uncover the most unique and favourable nuances and tones from the artists I work with has contributed to my career in music today. I works day in-and-out for artists not only recording, producing, and mixing, but also developing their sound and striving to help them on their industry path.
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Interview with Matt Di Pomponio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Every project I get hired to do is an absolute dream. No matter what I’m hired for I’ll put my heart in to it and make sure that my roll is fulfilled to the fullest potential. I’m proud of the fact that people even consider me for records whether it lines up or not.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A couple full lengths, a couple EPs, trying to slap together this bio... the works, man. The works.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Taylor Allum is not only a handsome devil but a mighty fine drummer as well. Hire him.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Merit to both. This discussion needs to stop. But Digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to make your mix thump and your trunk rattle.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I’m cold in the blistering heat and warm in the dead of winter. I make music for a living... I love it all
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Question: How do you EQ *insert source here* Answer: Well... I usually start with turning stuff until I like it!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The notion that I’ll always put an amp simulator on drums.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Why me?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you get along well with whoever you choose to work with.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Hardrive, Laptop, Interface, Headphones, and my kitty for when I need some snuggles during earbreaks.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: For a long time I was the only person other than my mentor at the studio. So I literally have worn all the hats. I’ve been doing this 8 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I love blowing out the raw energy and highlighting that as much as possible. Over production isn’t my vibe.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Conway The Machine when he makes his rock record.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A headphone is just a microphone in reverse so use a pair to record vocals next time.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically I work on Hard Rock, Indie Rock, and Hardcore.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can rap most of the Enter the 36 Chambers album by the Wutang Clan. MOST! Not all...
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Flair? Excitement? Personality? Weirdness...? I don’t know... Everyone’s probably saying the same thing so I’ll say this... If you don’t want amp simulators on your drums you should probably move on to the next person.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to work in 1-2 hour chunks on a song then move to something completely different. I’ll typically have 5 or 6 songs that I’ll be mixing at any given point. This enables me to maintain perspective on all songs I’m working on and never feel like I’m in a creative standstill. All plugins all the time because it’s 2021 and people want recalls NOW!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Actually quite simple. A very powerful Macbook Pro, a pair of NS10s, a pair of headphones that I trust dearly, tons of plugins, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eric Valentine, Joe Barresi, Sylvia Massey, the list goes on...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically I produce/engineer/mix the records that I get hired for. It’s tough to do the former over the interwebs. So I’m here on soundbetter to offer mixing.