https://soundcloud.com/domi-sakurazawa When you start composing music you obviously need to record it soon or later and have it mixed. Besides the music I have always been sensitive to good sounding productions. My goal is to make it sound good
As a musician various bands or solo artists are my mentors such as (to name a very few of them) : Erik Satie, Miles Davis, Vivaldi, Verdi, Ennio Morricone, Sylvain Luc, Guthrie Govan, Al Di Meola, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Lee Ritenour, Pink Floyd, Amad Jamal, Oscar Peterson, Hari Prassad Chaurasia, Cannonball Adderley, Supertramp, Led Zeppelin ... these among so many were the ones i had to learn to become a musician.
As a sound engineer i am a long time fan of Al Schmitt's mixing but also Georges Massemburg, Bruce Swedien, Bob Power, William Flageolet, Bill Shnee, Elliot Shneider, Bob Ezrin (the list is endless).
MWTM / Al Schmiit's reaction after listening to the song Signs Of You : "i'm impressed"
MWTM / Steve Genewick : "When's the album coming ?"
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Interview with AZ Music Production
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: If i work for others, i cannot say i bring something as it is the artist's album we're talking about but, I always bring the best I can whatever I’m asked for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: (Let's suppose the island has electricity) i guess a 88RS is no piece of gear so let's see ... 1 - U67 Neumann (because of its polyvalence). 2 - Mastering Lab ML1 but i have to say that Upstate Audio had a 8 channels pre i dream to have - But why should i care about 8 in/outs as i choosed one mic ? 3 - Summit TLA100-A. 4 - My 1959 Gibson and ... 5 - This question really sucks !! ;) ;) ;)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All of them as a sideman musician and/or engineer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Composing mostly.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There is a lot of people ! - you just have to listen to what they do to figure it out !
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why should we choose as both are part of the deal ?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Besides not being a major part of this collective suicide that is global economy, my job.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a cool & perfectionnist guy.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Being satisfied.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: just do it - In case you have doubts we can say i mix one track for free and you get an extract to check it out.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are so many.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When working for others, it's not about you but them.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any types.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Anything that leads to big smiles on faces.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are so many.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Besides recording and mixing I can do arrangements and play several instruments.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If this is for recording, what type of orchestra & music style ?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: - Of course the price - depends on lots of things. - How fast can i mix/master - depends on lots of things. - If the material is well recorded i do work fast like several songs in a day - If i do all the recordings then a 10 songs album in one day becomes possible.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mostly based on high class mics & preamps. Mixing and mastering is done in the box but also with external gear wich allows me to reproduce the mixing in live situations. Now if you give me a 88RS i'll use it for sure !
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Being a sideman as a musician started in 1994 and the recording + mixing part in 1998.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Leave the music as natural as possible.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?