December 23, 2023
Definitely the latest Stormzy Album who went number 1 “This is what I mean”.
Mixing Engineer is my main role but at the same time I still take jobs as producer, recording engineer, mastering engineer, simply because I like my days to be varied and I do believe that in music production/producing/recording/mixing/mastering are much more connected than we think, so building skills in all areas can help achieving better results.
When I was about 10 years old my grandfather used to bring me with his folk band to play serenades to the brides the day before weddings which was quite an experience every time! And during those years is when I decided that music was gonna be a big part of my life, so I started studying classical guitar. To be honest Queen was the only band I would listen to over and over until I started studying sound engineering which brought me into listening to every type of music.
I never had a role model or heroes but I can confidently say that I got where I am for two main reasons: 1 - my passion for music; 2 - the people I met throughout the years. I met some of the best people I could have ever met which fully supported, inspired me, and made me understand more about me and my life goals.
I used to complete mixes approved by clients but not be happy with myself because the mixes weren’t great and I didn’t know how to improve them. Now every time I complete a mix I send them to people I trust in order to get their opinion and tweak them after. The results are waaaaay better.
If I have to choose a desert island tool I would definitely choose the FabFilter Pro Q3. Is the perfect EQ everyone should have because of its interface and functionality (I mainly use for subtractive EQ). I never stick with specific gear/plugin because I love always working with different tools/reaching different sounds but can’t choose another EQ simply because in my opinion the Pro Q3 it’s the BEST!
Practice as much as possible because if you want to break in the industry you HAVE TO BE good and fast, and network as much as possible too otherwise no one knows about you. When I say “network” I mean make friends, go out with people in the industry for dinner, lunch or whatever, the more time you spend with them the higher the chances that they are going to remember you.
I’ve been working with headphones since I started sound engineering simply because I didn’t have a good sounding room. Now I use them every day and I can get at least 70 to 80% of the mix on headphones before moving onto speakers.
This works for me but not necessarily for everyone. I never use templates or “instrument/vocal chain”, I prefer to understand the artist and their music and working accordingly. So my clients don’t come to me because I have a “sound” but because I enhance what they already have, their sound.
Thanks to my Audeze I can now go into any studio and feel confident with the decisions I make, whether it’s a microphone placement during a recording session, or a balance decision in a mixing session. I can finally commit processing during the recording process such as EQ/Compression, which wasn’t easy in the past because I was always scared of ruining a recording. Audeze gives me all the confidence I need.
My Audeze have been crucial to reference and adjust the binaural mix of Stormzy’s album “This Is What I Mean” in which I’ve been part of creating the Dolby Atmos mixes.