Mastering engineer, Classical musician (Piano), Psytrance and Progressive House producer
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Interview with Alon Ashkenazi
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Besides my own creations - I recently got a track with an ok sounding mix and made it's master (after finding mixing mistakes that were fixed by the person who sent it to me) made it's master truly awe dropping. heard that track being played at a party 3 days later and was truly impressed with my job and how much better it sounded than anything else.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just finished mastering a psytrance track for a friend. Got awesome results, but it is not released yet (it's a part of an album he's working on) and working on psytrance track and progressive house track (with 2 different people)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I am using analog like plugins and the such but the reason my answer is digital is: in my opinion - if your speakers can make that sound, and you played it from a pc - I can create that sound by using just that pc.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm with you until you're satisfied with the result
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just like making things sound good! That's so much fun getting a normal mix and having it blasting amazing wide and deep sound that I myself am proud of
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What plugins am I using and how. My answer is I can show them / guide them in the right direction to learn what I do
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sound is not just technical! It is a creative process even when it comes to mixing and mastering
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them to tell me a bit about their music and their style, what they want to achieve, whose sound they like and why and if their mixes are ready/any particular problems they're struggling with
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want to achieve and know that you have a person on the other end who's willing to help you get your goal :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A vert ramp, my skates, a piano (which is truly the most amazing musical instrument ever made in my opion) , My PC(and audio interface of course) and my monitors
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: In my day job I am actually working in Cyber Security but music wise - I was playing the piano since I was 5 years old (am 31 now) and also playing various other instruments over the years. I've created beats and trance like things when I was a kid and got back to it more seriously 6 years ago and since then I was creating, djying and mixing/mastering tracks . I particularly like mastering for anyone and anything.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am very tuned into music in general and I tend to feel my way through anything from creation to sound design. I am also geeky and therefore try to always find the best way to achieve the best sound. For some reason I always get better sound for others then for myself.. haven't figured that one out yet.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: KSHMR - Because in my opinion, besides being a very professional and experienced producer he also knows just how to break out of his pattern and innovate. I think working with him would lead to awesome things!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When you're out of muse and don't know what to do next, go listen to your track in the car or while working out - you'll immediately know what works and what doesn't and have ideas for how to continue.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Progressive House and Psytrance
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creating melodic breaks with all sorts of instruments, since my background is mostly in classical music. And Mastering, since I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to sound and I like making things sound amazing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity and a lot of emotion
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Receiving a track for mastering and receiving some reference to the ideal sound. Working on it to match that sound signature and enhance to my taste, return back to the client for review and then continue working on it until we're both happy about the result.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Dynaudio LYD 48, Arturia AudioFuse, Some nice keyboards, professionally acoustically treated studio and many real instruments which are here mostly for fun and inspiration including of course, a yamaha piano.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dream Theater, Infected Mushroom, Skrillex, Vibe Tribe and more...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering electronic music. Mostly Psytrance tracks.