Hi Music Lovers! I'm sure you want your music as crisp, punchy, and professional as possible. My name is Austin Celaya, and that's exactly what I can help you do! =)
Have you ever heard a song where the vocal jumps out and grabs you and yet fits perfectly within the mix of the music? Or when the instrumentation is so clean and yet hard-hitting that you can't help yourself but dance? I LOVE when this happens! This is what I can help you achieve.
I absolutely love being a mixing engineer and working with some fantastic artists and great people. I am a Music Production/Engineering Major at Berklee College of Music. I started playing the piano when I was 4; played keyboard, drums, and trombone in a blues band; and started composing songs at age 12. I purchased my first computer with production software at age 15, and have been producing/mixing ever since (the last 8 years).
What I offer:
* Vocal Production/Mixing
Being an obsessive fan of music myself, I understand the latest sounds and trends in EDM, Hip-Hop, and Pop, as well as other genres. I CAN GIVE YOUR PROJECT THAT FRESH NEW SOUND. Listen to the tracks in my portfolio to hear an example of what I can do. Shoot me a message by clicking the big green contact button above. I would love talking with you to establish the vision for your project!
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Interview with Austin Celaya
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a commercial for Vogue earlier this year that I was really proud of. We did this full orchestial/rock production that turned out fantastic with the video production.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on creating an EP for a young female pop singer at the moment. I am working one two commercials for Vogue. I am mixing vocals for the RnB artist Ciel Viole at the moment as well.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yianni Prastacos.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I am a hybrid. It's really difficult to get the warm sound in digital that you get in analog, but digital is so much more convenient. So, I naturally use both together to get the best results for me.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will provide friendly and fast service first, and then we will make sure you sound amazing (whether that be your vocals or the production surrounding them).
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: If I could do anything in the world, I would be producing and mixing music. I absolutely love music. I am obsessive about it haha. I don't ever want to do anything else. So, the fact that I can do it for a career blows my mind and I am so thankful for that. I love that I can tell my story through music for a living. Isn't that a dream?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most often they ask me to listen to references. I will sit with their references and listen to them over and over again and study each element. Then I go in :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A lot of people don't know what mixers do! Haha, most think artists sing on the music and it just magically sounds all crisp and clean.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask for references to see exactly what style they are looking for. I ask the deadline for the project. I ask for feedback during the process of their project to make sure it really fits their vision. The rest of the questions mostly depend on the project, but as we get talking any other question I have, I will ask to make sure they get the best quality project possible.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to the person you are looking to hire. I would say one of the most important things is to see if you really vibe with the person before you work with them. You want to feel like you can approach them and work together well. It will make the process go very smoothly if you guys get along well.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, My Focusrite Isa One preamp, my AKG c414 mic, studio monitors, and interface.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path has always been music. Back when I was 16 I started a YouTube channel and would post tutorials of me making beats. A lot of people enjoyed what they saw and started to follow me. The entire point of it was to find people to produce for (because I love this so much). I ended up finding artists to produce for (a lot I still do work for today), and then stopped the YouTube channel to produce for them full time. I then got into mixing vocals because those same artists came to me for that service. I learned that as well, and have been doing both for almost 9 years. I am currently attending Berklee College of Music in Music Production/Engineering to further my skills as a music producer, mixer and engineer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I bring the hard-hitting drums from Boi-1da and combine them with the textures of Zedd while bringing chords from jazz and classical music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Charlie Puth because I would love to geek out with him in the studio over music production (he produces all his own music). I would also love to work with Jon Bellion because he brings an element of soul and hip-hop to pop which I love.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure your master never peaks above -6db. Headroom is heaven for mastering engineers :)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually produce Hip-Hop (or anything urban), as well as EDM/pop (even slower ballads). I mix mostly Pop/EMD and Hip-Hop vocals. I also mix a lot of singer/songwriter music as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Combining genres and making a production that sounds entirely new. For mixing, I bring a vocal that is really clear but fits well within the mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a fresh new perspective as I listen to music almost every hour of every day. I bring the heavy bass, clarity in the vocal, and crispy mids and smooth highs. I was classically trained in piano so I bring more complicated chord structures and background sounds that make your song sound unique with a depth that makes people want to listen to your song over and over again.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First thing I really want to know is what the artists' vision is for the project (that goes for both mixing and producing). For mixing I then ask for references and then go into the studio and spend the day tweaking. I give it a day and then go back and mix it again. I do this three times (and more if needed), until the mix is as close to perfect as possible. When it comes to producing, after asking for references, I go into the studio and try and create the entire instrumental bringing something new to the table. I then will mix it again the following day and then send it to the artist.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Check my side bio for details :)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Producers that inspire me: Boi-1da, T-Minus, 40, Diplo, DJ Snake, Mura Masa, & Dr. Luke. Engineers: Chris Lorde Alge, Andrew Scheps, Mixed by Ali, and Manny Marroquin.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix vocals the most out of everything - Pop, EDM, Hip-Hop or RnB. I produce Hip-Hop, EDM, Pop and RnB the most.