Self-taught 5 instruments so far, and counting! I also do ALL of my personal and band's music and video recordings.
I am a Scratch DJ, Session Drummer / Bassist, Remote Mix & Mastering and Video edition Nerd who goes from rap to metalcore in a click.
I also make beats using my Maschine MK2.
Wanna work your ideas without selling a kidney?
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Interview with JOHN’s Spot
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Well, I played the drums all my life, and after 18 I decided to fight for my dream of having a studio to record other dudes while I would be playing on a band. By the age of 21 I was able to become a production studio apprentice, and from then on, worked as a roadie, studio manager, production and recording assistant, until I proved myself capable of recording on my own, with the approval of my old studio boss Mendes (from Thape Studios, Portugal). Kinda did it, and I didn't stop working and learning since then, being now 31 yo.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mac-based setup running Logic Pro with a Focusrite, ADAT with Midas mic pres, Alesis MonitorOne and Yamaha HS7 monitors, XTouch for fader support and mix automations, a lot of XLR inputs, and a deep knowledge of the plugins I bought along the way, besides watching every Mix Masterclass that Youtube shows me. AKG and Shure microphones to record anything that produces sound, and a AKG headphone set for better audio cleaning / EQing / Mixing individual instruments before working the song in a whole. Recording music since I was a Studio apprentice back in 2008.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have this one crazy collab as a DJ, where I was invited to make the scratch cuts for a Megaran (aka Random) song called “The Desert”, produced by my friend Jay Bee (Canada).
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: “Can you do it?” “Yes, sit tight and gimme a minute!”
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven’t really checked, to be honest.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It depends! But since I always use a computer somewhere, I’d say... Both?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Your song will be a banger
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The freedom to speak in a wordless language and to be understood so easly when I play
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I only push buttons and program things.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: It depends on the approach and the client’s idea...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don’t take criticism in a bad way. It helps us all grow.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unique, since I try to copy no one.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Watch your volumes and take good care of your instrument
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap music,blues, rock and grunge, some metal
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My creativity. Not having the money nor the gear I dream about teached me to work big with small resources. And it sure worked!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Well, most people I work with claim that my work is recognisable because it sounds bright and clean, with a full round bass and voice clarity, besides playing bass with octaves every chance I get, just like I groove on my drums like that dude from the Muppets Show.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It varies accordingly to what is needed on the work in hands, but it usually takes coffee.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Wooof, where would I start..? Can’t really name an artist, but from Classical to Death Metal, I sure study a lot
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Voice recording, instrumental composition, rap mixing and mastering, grunge rock recording and mixing, scratch cuts for rap songs