Gavin Herlihy

Producer/Mix Eng./Consultant

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Producer/mix engineer with releases on top house/techno labels like Cocoon, Crosstown Rebels or InFuse. With 17 yrs of experience as a DJ playing the world's best clubs, a music journalist for Mixmag, and a Consultant Manager for Grade Management, Gavin Herlihy brings a wealth of experience to the table and is also available for music consultancy.

I specialise in house/techno and my discography includes releases on Cocoon, Crosstown Rebels, Infuse, Cadenza, Leftroom and Culprit and I have engineered Top 10 Beatport genre tracks (including a number one Deep House track) as well as written music for vinyl only labels. As a DJ, I have played for some of the world's greatest clubs, including Panorama Bar in Berlin, Circoloco at DC10 and Fabric in London. My services:

ENGINEERING
Whether you want to write a Beatport hit or a top selling vinyl, start a new track from scratch or finish a loop, I can help you. I try to help you realise tracks that sound uniquely yours with a range of methods.

MIX ENGINEERING
I use a combination of hardware and software tools to add to the best of both worlds to your mix downs. If your tracks are almost there but just need that extra sparkle, I'm here to help.

FINISH YOUR LOOP
Many producers find it impossible to escape the loop. If you're unable to break out of yours, send me the parts and I can arrange and add additional production.

CONSULTATION
Do you need advice on taking your music to the next level? I can help advise you on:
- where to take your track next
- arrangement
- mixing
- getting signed
- generating gigs
- industry advice

DISCOGRAPHY
https://www.discogs.com/artist/526047-Gavin-Herlihy

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Reviews (9)

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  1. Review by Jack B.
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    I highly recommend Gavin. He really knows his stuff

  2. Review by Austin T.
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    Gavin took my rough Idea and really molded the arrangement into a floor filler. I'm preparing the next track to send to him now :)

  3. Review by Michael G.
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    Gavin provided some great feedback on arrangement and style before I stemmed out the track for his mixdown. Over the course of several revisions we got the mix sounding great and I'm happy with the final version! He was very attentive to my comments and provided some engineering insight on issues he saw with my mix.

  4. Review by Andy C.
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    Working with Gavin was a pleasure. He mixed down a track that an artist was releasing on my label. I provided Gavin with all the parts and a couple of reference tracks and he got the brief spot on. I am looking forward to working with Gavin again in the future.

  5. Review by Amos Waifs & Strays
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    Used Gavin a couple of times for mix downs and he's always got the track sounding great and given some really helpful feedback too where he thinks things could be changed. He's a great engineer too.

  6. Review by Rory F.
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    I spent a day in the studio with Gavin engineering and mixing down my tracks. It was a pleasure watching him work and bouncing ideas off each other. I'm really happy with the final results and will definitely be back with more music!

  7. Review by Dave Mayer
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    Professional approach and easy communication. Gavin also is very helpful in giving suggestions about how a track might sound better if the track is missing certain elements.

  8. Review by Charlie Golding
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    Gavin recently mixed down a track for me and it was spot on! I asked him to make a few changes for me, he adjusted the track without a problem! He also went out of his way to do me a home master as I wanted to play the track that weekend and wouldn’t of been back from mastering in time! A pleasure to work with.

  9. Review by THE BASILICA
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    THE BASILICA - to aid with my scheduling, I recently sent over a track for mixdown to Gavin and what a real pleasure it was. He allowed for changes to be made without fuss, was extremely approachable but most importantly, the quality of the mix - it sounds as though it has been mastered! Blown away. I will absolutely recommend Gavin and I will certainly be sending more trax to Gavin.

Interview with Gavin Herlihy

  1. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  2. A: I started out as a music journalist, working for the world's biggest music magazine, Mixmag, from an early age. I was appointed Music Editor at 22 and later Features editor and interviewed all of the big names in techno but i made a break from journalism in 2007 to become a producer. I had some success from a track called Machine Ate My Homework, that was championed by people like Laurent Garnier and Luciano, and moved to Berlin to learn my trade. I played at clubs like Panorama Bar and Watergate and over the following few years and toured all over the world. I released on lots of big house/techno labels and made the Beatport genre Top 20's many times. Around the same time, I started to help friends out with engineering here and there and things snowballed. I had a stint in artist management also and nowadays I produce and DJ under a couple of different aliases but engineering is my main job.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm in the planning stage for an EP I'm helping a producer to finish. Later today I'm going to put the finishing touches to an arrangement for one of my regular clients. My next mix job is another two mixdowns for a client who I was working with last month. he had some old tracks on a laptop that he decided to revisit and we are dusting them off. The first two came out really well so looking forward to hopefully doing the same for the next two. And I'm writing some material for one of my aliases.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: To give an honest opinion and my fullest concentration and efforts.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: Everything in my life revolves around music so every day in the studio is a blessing for me. There is always a tension and release in working on music. There is always the uncertainty and mystery of where things are going to go at the beginning. And then at the end, the satisfaction of bringing a project to a close. That process is so exciting regardless of the type of music I'm working on.

  9. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  10. A: If you're spending money on an engineer, listen to their advice! A classic mistake mix engineers often experience is when the client is usually not working in an acoustically treated room (the reason they are using an engineer in the first place) and when they listen to the mixdown in the same environment that they made the track in, they insist on making the same mistakes again that their original mix made (i.e. turning the hi hats or bass too loud). Your engineer, whether they're mastering or mixing, is your second pair of ears so use them. if you've listened to a track 1000 times in a poorly treated room you need to listen to your engineer who is listening to the track fresh in a good room. That's what you're paying money for.

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: A Moog Voyager, a Cirklon sequencer, a Korg Polysix, an analog rytm and an MPC

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: Record yourself jamming. Many producers often fall down in arrangement. Their track sounded amazing in the loop stage but then when they went to arrange it just didn't sound right. To escape this hole, I always record myself jamming in the loop, unmuting and muting certain elements over a long period of time to see what combinations of elements work best together. When you find yourself working like this, you're able to get lost in the moment and your muscle memory takes over and it's this exact mindset that often produces the magic that can't be replicated by laying music out in an arrange screen. Once I've recorded a long jam, I'll listen to the recording in a different room and make notes of the times of the combinations that work best and then use this recording to plan out a structure for the track. When I go to arrange, I have a concrete plan of attack to work off.

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: I specialise in house and techno. But within that world there are two polar extremes and I'm lucky to say i've been able to work in both spheres. I have plenty of experience producing music for the Beatport Top 100 charts. But I've also written music for vinyl only labels. So I have a broad range of experience within house and techno.

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: One of the things I like most about engineering is helping people to realise their own potential. WOrking with engineers can often be a very boring process where the engineer sits off in their own world clicking a mouse while their client sits beside them trying to figure out what's going on. I try and help my clients write tracks that are individually theirs. Whether that's by hunting for samples that are unique to them at the beginning of a session, or getting them to jam on a sequencer or create a rhythm on a drum machine, I see myself as a conduit for their musical talent and try to help them walk away from a session with the satisfaction that the track we worked on sounds uniquely theirs.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: My studio is designed for working in and out of the box. I like to create an environment where the writing stage is spent on both feet and not sat in a chair clicking a mouse. I like to get a jam going, and get my clients moving from machine to machine. I use a 22 channel analogue mixer with USB sends on each channel also so it's great for combining the best attributes of analogue mixing with digital plug ins.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: I take inspiration from a lot of sources. People like Ricardo Villalobos or Zip. ROn Trent and Chez Damier in their Prescription days. Fela Kuti. Tony Allen. Delano Smith. Swayzak. Moodymann, Moritz Van oswald. Steve Reich. Boards of Canada. The Orb. Maurice FUlton..etc etc.

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: The work I do splits between three areas. Engineering, where I help people to finish tracks or write from scratch. Mixing, most of my mixing work is for producers who aren't working in an acoustically treated studio or are on the road or just need a second pair of ears. And consulting where I draw on my experience as a DJ, producer, manager and journalist to advise people on how to approach their productions as well as their careers.

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Revisions depend on the job. For Mixdowns, no more than 20 channels pls.

Gear Highlights
  • synths/drum machines from Moog
  • Dave Smith
  • Novation
  • Korg
  • Elektron
  • Cyclone Analogic
  • Soundcraft mixing Desk
  • Logic and Ableton live etc
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