Hello! My name is Tiago Castro, from Portugal. I'm a Hardstyle music producer and DJ which also provides a recording, mixing and mastering service as part of my day to day job. I also write epic scoring for some clients, and produce pop & hip hop beats.
I'm in the music business for almost 10 years now, and I love to work with new people as much as I can.
As a music producer that releases tracks on my name, I learned the value of the creator's input on the technical part as well.
So the service of mix and mastering I'm offering at SoundBetter, will always be provided taking in consideration your requests or references.
My experience is big in electronic music, and for the last two years I've been taking a lot of rock, trap and pop projects as well.
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Interview with Tiago Castro
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, as a part of the sound team.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: As said before, I'm a music producer. Always working on new tracks, new ideas, new skills!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I will say digital because unfortunately I don't have the chance to work a lot with analog gear, although I know it's worth.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll do the best within my capabilities to reach the result they had in their heads, even if we have to go back and fourth a lot of times.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The satisfaction when a client listens to the finished track and loves it!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we can basically make everything sound good - the raw stuff is as important as the process.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: References & previous releases are the main things.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You better be a patient person because I talk a lot and love to have a good chat about the projects when possible... which sometimes gets us out of the main project, but it's ok. I love to share creative experiences, and I feel that helps me getting better results and learning.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My monitors, my headphones, my laptop. The other two is for the mini fridge and the Internet router!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a bedroom producer (which I still technically am, but working at a professional level). Then i started doing some beats for other artists, and finally started doing mixing and mastering. Also I did some events in the sound crew - assembling PA's, microphones etc.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sia and John Legend. I'm in love with their voices.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't follow rules, follow your ears and the feeling you are getting from the music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic Music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I don't have one that stands out.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Not being a "enginner" but a creator as well, I usually feel that i can bring out more the artists feeling than to follow the same rules time and time again. I've learned a lot from all the fantastic engineers I've had the honor to work with, but being the creator also makes us want to bring our own feelings into it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In the service I offer, I start by asking the clients for any reference if they have, and try to see what's the focal points on that same track. After that I usually make a rough mix, some equing, compression etc. This is the part where I show the first mix to the client, to now try and include his own touch into the mix - being it creative or simply want something to stand out more than others. Then I finish with the adding of fx, and mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio on which I work for 6 years now. I do 100% digital mixes in Logic X, with Adam Audio studio monitors, all passing by a UR44 sound card - Cubase is nice as well!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Besides all of my favorite producers in dance music, Hans Zimmer & Thomas Bergersen from Two Steps from Hell.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: When I'm not working on my own music, mostly I provide freelance mix & mastering for studios - which go from singles or albuns, advertising, and some private work.