I’m an audio engineer and music producer who specializes in mixing and mastering.
I’m Sebastian Garrido. 32 years old from CDMX. I’ve been working as a music producer and audio engineer for 10 years now, and I’m looking to expand my portfolio while meeting creative musicians.
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Interview with Sebastian Garrido
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm done recording an album with my band Frege. Our most ambitious work I'd say. Also working in 3 full lenth albums as a producer. Mixing and mastering a lot too.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Many many good friends and engineers. My good mate and amazing producer Rafael Durand is around an I trust him.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog is amazing, it's probably a 70% because it's richer, fuller, it reminds us of the past. But digital is crazy, and it keeps evolving and gets better every year, also creatively, DAWs are an instrument.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is we'll have a unique experience and I will get it sounding better than you expected.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I'm here for the music, and always have been.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: People are always curious about the stages of a production. Engineering, even if I've been doing it for a long time, it still wonders me because it keeps tapping into the future, but also the past and it's always really interesting . Clients can really tell when you're passionate and know what you're talking about.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is thinking that the producer or engineer can make decisions. The artist/client always comes first and whatever they want to make of their music will be.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like good communication with my clients, so punctuality and being respectful with the agenda and also payment. That being said... I like to know where they're coming from, history and motivations. What kind of music they're consuming on a daily basis, and on what platform. What kind of message they wish to transmit to the listener, and basically their objectives.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: There are so many good engineers and producers, but my ultimate advice would be to find a professional who's not only interested in money or fame, but someone who is hungry to know you as an artist and willing to explore new horizons.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Portable tape machine, computer, minimoog, headphones, fuzz pedal
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Been doing this for over ten years and I've been through so many stages. I worked for some time in nyc where I met and worked with/for fantastic engineers, producers and artists. I now have my own studio in CDMX and recently founded an architectural acoustics company. I love making music with creative people, I love helping new projects and help build their sound.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is detailed. I'm a big fan of creating bonds with artists and really catching their ideas and translating them into sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are so many musicians I'd love to meet, but I'm also a tape head and gear enthusiast so I guess Brian Eno, Jamie Lidell or Heba Kadry... I would have loved to meet Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One of the best tips I could give is keeping a tight order. From files on your hard drive, to folder names and projects, and tracks on sessions. The more order, the quicker and efficient the job.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Psych-rock, Rock pop, Indie rock, Pop, Jazz, Hip-hop, Bedroom pop, RnB, Stoner doom, Psychedelic
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mixing,
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my own taste which is different from other engineers. I like experimenting with unusual instruments, timbre, different processing and ways of capturing sounds. I believe I'm a little unorthodox as an engineer, as it makes me feel more unique as an aritst.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Normally I will receive clients in my studio and get in the same page with ideas, references, sounds, and I think this is the most important part of the work. Getting to know people, what they like and dislike, what they are looking for, and how we are going to make it possible to get there. Then we work the songs and demo, learn the songs, call in the musicians, track the songs, edit, mix and sometimes even master.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run a project studio with top acoustic treatment done by myself. I have an apogee symphony interface, couple of neve preamps, distressors, ns10s, genelecs, studer tape machine...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steve Albini, Shawn Everett, Craig Bauer, Heba Kadry, Marta Salogni, Kevin Parker, Damon Albarn, Tim Hecker.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Normally, when I'm producing a band or a soloist, I will work on the idea, record, edit, mix and master the songs. Sometimes I just mix and other times I do almost everything. My best skill is mixing for sure.