Alex Kartishev

Mixer / Producer / Engineer

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When people come to me with finished songs, in addition to the recording and mixing themselves, I can help with adding new parts, synths, and post-production effects so that your music opens up to its maximum. Also, you can only come to me with song ideas or guitar sketches. I will help you write the arrangement and record all the instruments.

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Interview with Alex Kartishev

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The production of Latvian band Ignis album. We were creating arrangements together, then I was mostly working on synths, post fx and tracking. It was interesting in terms of how to make classic rock sound modern.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Instrumental composition for the next Christmas. It's quite interesting process on how to make your melody sound like "Christmas" one.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: I will do my best for your song.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Meeting with great people.

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: What emotions do you feel when singing/playing/listening your song? What picture do you see in your head? Thus we try to translate this picture in the song.

  13. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  14. A: My laptop with cubase, guitar and mic. So I will even have some space for a power generator and a tent 😊

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: Diablo Swing Orchestra. They are crazy.

  17. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  18. A: Listeners want songs. So pay more attention not to your snare sound or great lead synth tone, but either it really sounds like a song.

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: Rock and metal

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: Communication and delivery in time

  23. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  24. A: I try to keep it as close to client expectations, as possible. But I know how to make it commercially attracted.

  25. Q: What's your typical work process?

  26. A: First we agree on the structure of the song. Where is culmination and how it should end. Then we draft some ideas and then I start to produce some arrangements. We are always in touch with the client to make sure, that we are moving in correct direction. Then when arrangement is accepted, I might rerecord some parts of it for better quality and mix all the tracks.

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: It's minimalistic, yet powerful. I have 18 channels console for any tracking needs, Kemper for guitars, Slate microphone for vocals and a lot of virtual instruments to enhance the arrangements.

  29. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  30. A: I have learned a lot about mixing and production from URM Academy, so my heroes are Joel Wanasek, Joey Sturgis, Andrew Wade and Eyal Levi

  31. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  32. A: Usually come come with some drafts or just guitar chords. Then we arrange them, add some ear candies, record all the instruments and then mix. We have a lot of discussions during the process, to make sure, that we are doing the best!

Latvian Vocalist Collaboration

I was the Composer, Guitarist and Mixing Engineer in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Kemper
  • Cubase
  • Slate Digital VMS ML-1
  • Solar Guitars
  • Schecter Guitars
  • Steinberg audio interface
  • Yamaha speakers
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