I Mix and Master for some of the biggest artists in South Africa and Africa. My studios and work are of the highest quality.
Neil Thurston better known in the industry as “NeilT” started his journey into music 18 years ago and is now an accomplished music producer, sound engineer and entrepreneur. Neil left his day job to pursue his passion full time, and has grown his business from a small room in his home to now owning two high quality recording studios and a PR company.
He is best known for his Sound Engineering skills and has been instrumental in working on some of the biggest hits in our country. His done work for Nadia Nakia, K.O, Dj Ganyani, Mobi Dixxon, Tshego, Clint Brink, FaithK, L-Tido, Sean Pages, Zyon (liquid deep), Dj Dimplez, Buffalo Souljha, Twins On Deck, Bucie, EmmyG, ScoobyNero, Brian Temba, Chad Saaiman, Blayze and so much more.
His business ethos is simple “Let the work speak for its self, and always do your best with no excuses”
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Interview with NeilT Music Studios
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never follow the crowd, strive to be different
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, House, Jazz, Pop, RnB, Afropop and Trap
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Mastering, Vocal Editing, Music Production and Vocal Production
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I mixed and mastered "DJ Ghanyana - House Grooves 10" which did extremely well. Each track has an average of 80 stems, which i managed to get sounding so clean.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: working on singles for a label called "Skhanda World" owned by K.O "Mr CashTime" who is a very well known artist.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not at the moment
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: i have a mix of both. I prefer a analog eq and compressor chain on my 2 buss to get that warm analog sound and glue for mastering. Mixing i prefer in the box with high end plug-ins. Because i do so much work, this process works great for Recalls.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I always try my utmost to make your song sound "great" even if your new to recording or you don't have the best studio environment. I always make things work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Love turning a ruff product into a broadcast ready song and mostly the clients response.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: we just make the song louder, anyone can do that. Way more complicated then that
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: A number of questions to help clients fault check files before they are sent to me. i.e Sample Rate, Master channel processing management, Gain, FX management etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: do your research by listening to a number of previous tracks before and after and ask for references.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my monitors, uad card, microphone, pre-amp and headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in the music industry for around 18 years, with 6 years as my sole source of income. I started in a small room in an apartment and now own two world class quality studios.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: "Simplicity is key"
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: My ultimate artist would be "Pharrel", just love the way he thinks
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a strong passion for Mixing and Mastering and have excelled to work with some of the biggest name in our industry.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: With my many years of musical instrumentation experience, it gives me the edge over most mix/master engineers as i have a deeper understanding of what the song needs for the production to shine without ruining the flow of things.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My room was built to an american standard producing amazing sound quality for mixing and mastering. I have married great hardware and software for optimal workflow and sound.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Sound Engineers: Jaycen Joshua, Leslie Brathwaite, Dave Pensado just to mention a few