Electronic music mix engineer/producer with releases and mix credits on leading labels like Virgin EMI, Crosstown Rebels, Cocoon, Cadenza, The Nothing Special, Music For Freaks or InFuse. With over 19 years of experience as a producer, a globally touring DJ, a journalist, and an artist manager, I bring a broad range of experience to the table.
I know dance music inside out. From becoming Music Editor of Mixmag at the age of 22 to touring the world as a DJ, I have lived and breathed my profession. I have mixed and/or engineered Top 10 Beatport genre tracks (including a number one Deep House track) and chart topping vinyl on Decks.de. As a DJ under the name Gavin Herlihy, I have played some of the world's greatest clubs like Panorama Bar in Berlin, Circoloco in Ibiza or Fabric in London. I now work as a producer and mixer under the name Herling. My services:
I use a combination of hardware and software tools to add the best of both worlds to your mix and have over a decade's worth of experience in mixing electronic music for big dance music labels.
FINISH YOUR TRACK
Many producers find it impossible to escape the loop, especially those with a busy 9-5 or a hectic touring schedule. I can advise you on what your track needs to achieve a release worthy sound and am experienced in a broad range of styles, from house and electro to techno or disco.
I advise clients on:
- improving production
- signing records
- generating gigs/press
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- Laura Jones
- Crosstown Rebels
- The Nothing Special
- Get Physical
- Toolroom Records
- Music For Freaks
- Organic Music
- Buzzin Fly
- glasgow underground
- Sunday Best
- Lower East
- Surrender All
- Elevation Recordings
- SAW Records
- Upon You
- Street Tracks
- Strictly Rhythm
- Nervous Records
- Virgin EMi
- King Street Sounds
- Cadenza (label)
- Madhouse Records
- Dear Deer
- Organic Musique
- Amplified Recordings
- Vivifier Records
- KDB Records
- Blur Records
- Constant Sound
- Infuse Records
- Leftroom Records
- Champion Recordings
- You Are We
- DVINE Sounds
- La Divina
- Ride Music
- Muted Screams
- Get Physical Music
- Lokee Musik
- Culprit Recordings
- Apparel Music
- True To Form
- Paradigma Musik
- Decay Records
- Hard Times
- Sunday Best Recordings
- Fade Records
- Dogmatik Records
- Monique Chronique
- Aeon Records
- Time Records
- GOod Company Records
37 Reviews - 4 Repeat ClientsEndorse Herling
Another cracking job. Good communication, great ideas and quality output.
Another high-class experience with Gavin. Great ideas, timely turnaround and quality output. A real pro. Look forward to working together again in the future.
Great collaboration and exceptional service. Highly recommended to all serious artists.
It was a pleasure working with Gavin. He offered sage advice, he was quick to turn ideas around, and he went over and above to send back final amendments to the tracks. Overall, a very enjoyable collaboration.
Very flexible and accommodating!
Gives very thorough feedback and advice, and helped take my mix to the next level!
Gavin is a pleasure to work with. Worked through all the details and always helps with advice. Thank you!
Outstanding experience, really patient and understanding.
Had an mixing consultation with Gavin. Very easy communication and received very helpful tips how to improve my mix. Recommended!
Fantastic! Came well prepared and followed up on multiple occasions. Will definitely stay in touch for future jobs
Gavin did great work on my track! Very professional and easy to work with! Cheers!!
Gavin was very professional and thorough with this engagement. He offered valuable advice about how to improve the track and also incorporated all the feedback we gave him.
Very professional, very in tune with the client, timely, attentive, very patient. Great work. Would recommend to work with him. We will be continuing this very successful collaboration.
Was a pleasure working with Gavin, he was extremely knowledgeable and honest about my work. He offered solutions and suggestions that brought my track to another level. Highly recommended.
Always Awesome :)
I highly recommend Gavin. He really knows his stuff
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 :)
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.
Gavin really knows his stuff from a technical and musical perspective…. His knowledge of the industry and the scene and the psychology behind music creation and production is excellent. Impartial feedback is vital for me, and he doesn’t hold back on pointing out areas for improvement… Gavin is flexible in how he delivers information and has fitted in with my specific requirements on my musical journey. Nice fella and great value for money. I will continue to work with Gavin if he can accommodate me and I’d recommend him to any electronic music producers, for production or mixing expertise.
I've worked with Gavin quite a few times now after being recommended by a friend & I really can't recommend he's services enough. He's a great bloke with an exceptional ear for details. Everything from advice about my music, to helping create a polished final product, Gavin is very professional & understanding of the musical vision. I never really understood the job or needs of a mix engineer when I started out until I actually used he's services!! Now I fully understand. He takes your mix from 80% to 100% & really helps & explains everything along the way. 100% recommend to anyone!
Gavin was a real pleasure to work with & is very polite, professional & knowledgeable when it comes to music.
I had a few problem mixes that I was really struggling with so I contacted Gavin & sent over the 2 problem tracks that I had (as recommended by a good professional friend) & wow!! I can't believe I hadn't gone to him sooner!
He's attention to detail is something else when it comes to a mix, while also wanting the best for you & the song, he truly is a great bloke.
I would highly recommend Herling Engineering to everyone!!
We use Herling Engineering a lot for our several of our younger artists to help them finish tracks, and for arrangement ideas and mix-downs. His vision, creativity and great advice, coupled with the fact that he's genuinely super-passionate about all areas of electronic music, are invaluable in assisting them get their tracks where they need to be. Also his general workflow is very efficient and streamlined which frees up TIME which is the one thing that no producer will ever have enough of. We cannot rate him highly enough!
Having only worked with Gavin this year, he's already been a huge factor in my development as an artist. He has fantastic interpersonal/coaching skills and loves an analogy - great for easily remembering and understanding important concepts. Gavin cuts through common fads to focus on the important issues in a project - I always come away with a clear path of what to do next. I've also really valued Gavin's wider industry experience and sight of the bigger picture which has been brilliant at refreshing my mindset. I would and have already recommended Gavin's services.
Gavin did an amazing job mixing my tracks. Not only did he do a great job with mixing but he also gave me helpful suggestions for ways to improve my tracks/mixes in the future! It is clear how passionate he is about his craft, and he really goes the extra mile to help me and my music. I would highly recommend Gavin to anyone needing their projects mixed!
Great mixdown and good advice when it came to restructuring problematic parts of the track! would recommend!
I’ve used Gavins services on a few tracks now and his work is outstanding each and every time. He offers his expert advice as part of the service and his communication is fantastic, constantly keeping me in the loop during the whole process. I can’t recommend his engineering skills highly enough.
Fantastic. Goes the extra step to communicate with his clients and his end product is always what we are looking for.
We worked with Gavin recently to develop and mix some tracks. He was really great to work with, very patient and his experience and advice has helped develop the tracks into great sounding, well rounded mixes. Would highly recommend
Absolute pleasure working with Gavin, nothing was too much trouble and most importantly, his skills are at the very top of the game, first class. Without doubt, he will now be my go-to engineer!! Thanks Man amazing work!!
Where do I start!? Gavin is patient, extremely skilled, communicative and very honest.
I can always rely on his comments regarding my music and getting very honest feedback. He has expertise in the industry too which really helps - as well as willing to help contact specific people.
I've known Gavin for a while now and his ears are some of the best around! I started sending a few of my mastering clients to him for mixing and what he delivers is EXACTLY what I am looking for as a mastering engineer. Not only is he an extremely talented producer and engineer, but he is very pleasant to work with and always gets the job done in a timely fashion. He allows for an open line of communication between him and his clients which makes for a great working experience. Highly recommend!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Herling
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is designed for working in and out of the box. I like to create an environment where the writing part 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 and use a variety of hardware synths and drum machines along the way. 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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The work I do splits between three areas. Engineering, where I help people to finish tracks or write from scratch. Mixing, where I add the extra 20% of shine to a track for producers who need a second pair of ears, or who aren't working in an acoustically treated studio or are on the road. 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.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're spending money on an engineer, listen to their advice and give them great references. 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 new 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 understand that your listening environment is creating an illusion of how you think things sound and now how they really are. Your engineer is listening to the track afresh in a treated room so use their advice. That's what you're paying money for.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To give an honest opinion and my fullest concentration and efforts regardless of the client's status.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Every working day usually includes a mix for an artist and/or revisions OR an engineering day producing for a client. This week I'll be mixing a track for the label Music For Freaks, a mix for Strictly Rhythm, consulting for a couple of clients on Skype and in person and producing for a techno duo.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a music journalist, working for the world's biggest dance music magazine, Mixmag, from an early age. I was edting the Techno section in 2001, appointed Music Editor at the age of 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 occasionally produce and DJ under a couple of different aliases but engineering is my main focus.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I take inspiration from a lot of sources. Artists like Aphex Twin, Ricardo Villalobos, Drexciya, Pepe Bradock, Thomas Melchior. Ron Trent and Chez Damier, Fela Kuti. Tony Allen. Delano Smith. Swayzak. Moodymann. DJ Bone. Moritz Van Oswald. Steve Reich. Boards of Canada. The Orb. Maurice Fulton, CJ Bolland, late 90s drumnbass by the likes of Ed Rush & Optical, etc. etc
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by speaking to a client about the problems they're having and what they'd like to improve. I listen to their reference tracks which is essential for understanding what particular part of the music world they are working in and what kind of sonic aesthetic they are trying to realise. I suggest a list of improvements that I can make and then get to it. I'm often rotating between many clients and projects which allows me to keep a good perspective on all of the work I'm doing and pride myself on being a good listener and helping peope to realise their own musical ambitions, not my own.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a mix engineer, it's important to know when a track needs major surgery but also crucially when it needs merely small refinements to give what's already working that extra ten per cent. I have a broad range of experience to draw from as I've been a DJ, a producer, a manager and a top flight music journalist in my career. All of these come into play at some point as the music I work on needs to appeal to the press and dancefloor just as much as it does to the casual listener. 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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm a ghost producer. I personally don't like to write tracks from scratch for other people. I much prefer helping people to realise their own musical ideal and giving their music the extra level it needs. I prefer the idea of the producer as the fifth member of the band, as famously executed by greats like Nigel Godrich or George Martin.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
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 and mixing music for the Beatport Top 100 charts. But I've also written music for vinyl only labels and I have experience in working on other styles like electro or disco also.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Having a good ear and understanding of and an ability to work in many different styles of music. My personality type is INFP and one of our common creative gifts is to be able to foresee and plot ourselves doing all sorts of different jobs and tasks. For me this extends to working on other people's music. I have a very broad range of experience working across all sorts of music, both as a producer and journalist and I'm able to put my own tastes aside and use my imagination to foresee the possibilities and options that may be available for each of my clients' tracks, regardless of how different in style they are to my own. Some people listen to tracks and hear only their negative features. I prefer to home in on the positives and plot a course for how they can be enhanced.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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 on an arrangement 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 then have a concrete plan of attack that retains all of the magic that only a jam can deliver. For Mixing: apply a less is more approach to adding mix effects. It's very easy to start slamming on plugins but are they really helping? Compression is usually the biggest culprit. Before squashing the life out of a part, match the volume of the compressor's output with the original volume of the part and A&B between the two. Often plugins raise the gains of the sound to make you think it sounds better and to the naked ear, louder always sounds better. But it's often not and A&B'ing between the wet and dry signal will tell you whether that part needs to be any more squashed.