Australian based music producer focusing on solo artist or band recordings.
Big Sister Studio is a recording space located in Cairns, Far North Queensland and was set up in 2011 by Mark Myers. Mark recorded, produced and played with Townsville band The Middle East from 2009 - 2011, touring Australia, Europe & North America.
As a producer Mark has recorded over 200 bands and has won four QMUSIC awards (including best album and best song), an musicNT award and has been nominated for an ARIA.
A strong focus on tones & textures, instrumentation, arrangements, attention to detail (but not perfection) and getting a good sound at the source rather than fixing it in the mix. The studio consists of 3 rooms; a control room, a live room and an amp room.
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Interview with Big Sister
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording in the studio. Bands or solo artists
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's simple. A control room and a live room. I record in Logic with a bit of out board gear. The live room sounds great, it's purpose built, wooden floors so acoustic instruments shine. Room pics make the drums sound great.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to help get great sounds, doubling parts with different instruments or cutting instruments to help it breath. Happy to help with chords and lyrics but I also understand that stuff can be precious. I can offer advice on arrangement to help it flow or to make it a 7 minute opus.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Dealing with drummers!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A lot of acoustic/authentic music but I like electric guitars and also adding in some electronic flourishes.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing in bands but soon decided that producing was what I wanted to do. I recorded my first band for money in 2006 and I've been doing music full time since 2010 and producing full time since 2012.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Think about what you want to sound like. Or at least what you don't want to sound like, then at least we'd have a starting point.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you just have to be good at music or sound. There's a lot of patience and people skills that a lot of would be producers don't have.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working on new music every week.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog because it makes us feel good and digital because it's easy to edit and cheap to buy.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Tristan Barton if you need some music for your visuals.