Based in Nashville, TN. Producer. Arranger. Acoustic Guitar Player. Keyboardist. Latin Grammy Nominee. Impossible is a word made for lazy people.
I've been in the industry since 2011. As a producer, I'm specialized in Pop/Rock, Pop, Jazz, Latin Pop, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, Salsa, Merengue, Metal, Gospel, CCM, EDM, Flamenco, Country Music, R&B, World Music, New Age, etc.
As a mixing engineer, my forte is Country Music, Pop Rock and Latin Pop
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Interview with Gabe Millan
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depending on what we're recording! Tape for drums and percussions! Sometimes bass.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Follow your gut. In this business, we tend to hire people we like instead of the best professionals. Enjoying the process is critical, no one wants to be stuck with a jerk :D
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: API 1608 LOADED OF COURSE! Telefunken ELA M251 Teletronix 2A Neumann u87 Thermionic Culture Vulture
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been actively doing this since 2011, working as an assistant for producers like Martin Terefe in London and Stockholm, Dan Warner in Miami and Jesse Huerta in Mexico City.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Diverse. I can fit into any project.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Mayer. His creative process inspires me a lot! Also Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: My greatest teacher in Music Production once told me "Even if it's just a draft, work on everything with the same level of detail you'd work on the final product, it has to sound like an album since bar 1".
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Since I was born in Latin America, my main market is Latin Music, but also work a lot in Country and Pop Music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing and arranging! It's what I love the most.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Growing up between the Caribbean, Spain and the USA, I always aim for rhythmic diversity, looking to give every song a different dynamic. I like to think of songs as books, every section is a chapter and every chapter has its moments.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to listen to several songs with the client, so we can decide which one can be a better fit for the market they're looking to attack. I start with a draft of the intro/verse/chorus to determine the kind of approach we'd be giving to the arrangement. Once the client is happy with the approach, I start building around the track, always with previous approval of the client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I just have a small production room. My studio work is developed according to the clients budget and sonic approach. My home setup is: SSL 2+ Yamaha HS5 Slate VM-1 MacBook Pro 2020 Waves Complete Autotune Celemony Melodyne
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Wow, I have many heroes! My list of producers would be this: Max Martin Scott Hendricks Rick Rubin Julio Reyes Copello Sebastian Krys Dann Huff Jonathan Faria Tommy Torres Dan Warner + Busbee Ian Fitchuk Robbie Buchanan My favorite mixing engineers are: Serban Ghenea Bob Clearmountain Tony Maserati Iker Gastaminza Sebastian Krys Jaycen Joshua Thomas Juth Javier Garza And last but not least, mastering: Ted Jensen Tom Coyne Adam Ayan Carlos Freitas Alex Psaroudakis Antonio Baglio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Arranging and producing are my core skills. After working in different countries, learned different sonic approaches like in London, Nashville, Miami, Mexico City, Stockholm, NYC. I always ask for a raw vocal/acoustic guitar track and ask the client for some sonic references. I like to create along with the client to give them the experience and to get a better grasp of the message they are trying to transmit.