Looking back at what I’ve learned from working hundreds of different producers along the years, I wrote a few quick DOs and DON’Ts for working with a mixing/mastering engineer.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but considering these will mean way fewer headaches in my job.
• Know how your music should sound; words often fail here, so 1–3 reference songs from your favorite artists/labels is an excellent starting point. We all have those songs, so just spend a bit of time finding those that you think represent your style somewhat close. Remember, a good song does not necessarily equal a good-sounding song. It’s happened to me many times that I get to hear, “Yeah, actually, it doesn’t sound good, but I thought it’s just a good song”…and then we start all over again. This will cost you the price of two masters in the worst case.
• Prepare to express your wishes/criticism regarding the master; what to emphasize, what is too loud, what’s too buried in the mix/master etc Continue reading DOs and DON’Ts of working with a mixing/mastering engineer
My new album, Valoton Project, is out today, dear friends. I hope you like it.
You can get it from Bandcamp and pay for it what you think it’s worth or get it from / stream on the usual services.
Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music / Google Play / Beatport / Tidal / Deezer
I wanted to deviate from my usual stuff (there’s so much of it lined up already, so just wait!) and take a break from the norm.
As a music-maker, I want to be exploring new avenues, as I think that’s best for longevity.
Sometimes you have to travel paths less trodden and go against what others might expect. An artist willing to be in the game for the long run needs to evolve and expand, and this is how. Expect the unexpected.
This album was something I wrote during the darkest winter hours – hence the name, “Valoton”, which is Finnish for Lightless. Musical escapism therapy at its best.
If you find this something you like, please do share it.
Thoughts to all musicmakers:
We’re all struggling (if you’re trying to get heard, that is). It’s not easy for anyone. Today’s world is so oversaturated, thanks to the internet.
As my distributor put it this week (and they’ve seen the music game since the very beginning):
“Getting heard used to be hard due to the gatekeepers (DJ’s/labels), but that, on reflection, was a good thing, as it restricted the flow at the same time. Now the floodgates are open Continue reading Thoughts to music makers and to music fans
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