I am currently a student enrolled in the Five Towns College audio program working with some of the best audio professors in the state. My knowledge on audio expands everyday, but I have already had prior experience in production through me helping with producing, recording, mixing, and mastering in a multitude of artists' projects.
I have been working in the field of audio for 5 years now as a CEO and as an engineer for the independent record label Hand in Hand Records. Within those 5 years, I have produced 7 different LPs and EPs with various different artists from various different genres. With the label coming to a halt as I pursue higher education, I am now eagerly looking for other ways to attain gigs. Each artist has left extremely happy with my work ethic, dedication to their art, and the sound of the final product. You can ask them yourself! I bring a creative perspective as well as a technical one. With the use of all the audio tricks I know, I bring out the life and personality within one's art so the listener can truly feel and experience what the artist wanted to express. All the evidence of my work bringing artistic expression out can be heard in all of the different productions I have worked on.
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4 ReviewsEndorse Oliver Lorgen
Oliver has worked with me on a multitude of different projects, and if there’s one thing that makes him stick out as a musician and engineer, it’s his ear. Throughout the multiple years I’ve worked with him, I’ve been shocked by just how tasteful his decisions are and how he has such a detailed perception of music and the individual elements that combine to create it. He doesn’t just do everything he can to make your mix sound good, he will pay unique attention to what your style of artistry is and try to reflect that feel with a specialized mix.
Oliver Lorgen is an extremely capable mixing engineer who attacks every project he takes on with an immense degree of care, focusing on the individuality of the artist, and what each individual project needs. Working with him is an extremely collaborative and engaging experience, wherein Oliver will work with you to make sure you feel the mix sounds perfect, and has a sound that uniquely fits your music specifically.
My name is Ethan Haslauer, and I am one half of the folk duo Locrian, whose debut EP, Sertraline Gives You Wings, is soon to be released. Oliver Lorgen mixed the entirety of this EP, and just brought everything I wanted to hear out of it. We spent years working on the project, but nothing really gave it the life that we wanted until Oliver came along. He made everything sound exactly like it did in my head, and if you’re an artist, you know how important that is. Not to mention, he added creative touches above and beyond what we asked of him, making the songs even better than our ideal. Hire.
Oliver is a fantastic person and an even better producer. He is crazy talented and his mind just pumps out the greatest musical ideas like a machine. Full of knowledge, drive and creativity, it is the greatest mind I know. Would be 5 stars but he decided to leave our city for New York...
Interview with Oliver Lorgen
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Mixing and helping with the production of Metathesiophobia by Skreaming Skeletons. I’d stay up night after night making sure the smallest parts of each song of this album would come through and would come through beautifully because that’s what this album needed and deserved. I’d get this dude’s 70 track long google drive files to download to mix and feel overwhelmed and out of my league but kept my determination. It needed to sound perfect. So I’d work and work and work. Then I’d get it. I’d get what I had envisioned, and it almost always made me cry when I did. Because that’s how much it meant to me to make it perfect. And through it all I’d be messaging Finn all sorts of crazy bonkers ideas, and he’d go right along with it, trusting I’d get it done right. Not to forget the multiple hour long conversations we’d have about everything and anything. The last few weeks of working on the album with Will Caig too was so much fun. The different mastering techniques we did. Whew. And the way Will reacted to hearing the album for the first time. Magic. Expect the same for your album because I care.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Skreaming Skeletons next newest full length release as well as Locrian's upcoming EP. Both being released under Hand in Hand Records.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Pusha T. I consider him the greatest rapper of all time, and it would be the greatest honor to have him hop on a track made by me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When mixing live recorded drums, parallel compression is your best friend.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do not have a typical genre that I work in. Usually, I work on all sorts of different genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is bringing out the emotion that the artist is trying to express out of a track.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a creative perspective from my history of songwriting in different bands throughout my career. Before production, I was the bassist for a band called Sabine Valley that grew to become relatively well known in the Little Rock, Arkansas rock scene. Riding off of that success, I began an independent record label known as Hand in Hand Records. You may look the label up to see all the artists I have worked with and their releases.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If mixing and mastering a record, I ask the artist in question for influences on the piece of art I have been hired to work on and also demos of each song if at all possible. I then begin the process of mixing and mastering with the influences and the demos in mind as sorts of example of the type of sound they are trying to achieve. For hip hop, I usually put together different beats for the rapper to pick from. Once a beat is chosen, I then expand it into a full song for the rapper to then "spit fire" on. This process is repeated until the mixing and mastering stage. From there, it is the same as stated above.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At the moment, I am a student at Five Towns College living on campus. My main setup is an at home studio setup. This, though, is not unlike my past setups where I produced all of my records under similar conditions proving my persistent versatility even under somewhat limited circumstances. Although my main setup is an at home studio, I do have access to vast amounts of equipment and studio space due to my enrollment at Five Towns College.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andy Wallace, Steve Albini, Against All Logic, Kanye West, Aesop Rock and Eric Valentine are all very big influences on my production work. Grace by Jeff Buckley is my favorite record to listen to not only for the beautiful songwriting and performances but for the incredible production from Andy Wallace. The mixing of that record is one of if not the greatest piece of production work I have ever heard.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is mixing and mastering. I have, throughout the years, honed my skill in this field of audio from mixing hip hop, to piano alternative rock, to Midwest emo. There are very few genres that I do not feel comfortable working in. Although I shine through the best with music that mixes many genres together as displayed by my previous work.