I am very versatile and can make any genre sound great, but I do specialize in CCM, Gospel, Hip Hop, Pop, and Dark Pop..
Music is about the emotion or the memory that you the artist is trying to portray. I believe my job is not just to push buttons and turn knobs, but to enhance the purpose of your art. Sometimes that means distorting something like crazy, and sometimes that means getting out of the way.
I grew up on Gospel music, and started producing a lot of Hip Hop and R&B in high school and on through college where I was educated in recording, mixing, producing, and all aspects of audio. I have about 10 years of experience in studio recording and mixing.
I am currently an audio engineer at Redemption Church in San Jose, CA where I mix a band that is a combination of gospel and CCM.
I've worked live with acts such as Bethel Music, Jesus Culture, Jonathan Taylor, Leon Timbo, United Pursuit, Travis Greene, Michelle Williams, and more.
I also run an educational platform covering mixing and mastering called Mix Collective.
Through Mix Collective, I work with the following audio brands: Soundtheory, baby audio, Pulsar, Klevgrand, Kiive Audio, Goodhertz, Purafied Audio, Metric Halo, Mathew Lane and more to come.
Would love to mix your next project!
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Interview with Kevin Asir
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure that you connect with your mixer musically and sonically.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Chandler TG-2, Manley Vari-Mu, Chandler Curve Bender, U47, Computer/Interface
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to school for audio engineering and I've been working in audio for 10 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I bring ENERGY to records.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sade is my favorite artist and I would love to work with her the most. I love her warm, smoky voice, simple melodies, and the space she leaves for the groove and instrumentation to breathe. She is unmatched.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overproduce. Make sure anything you add is serving the song and not clashing with the lead vocal, which is the most important element of the song. The lead vocal is is what the listener connects to. So before you add that extra synth lead solo melody ask yourself "does the song really need this?"
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Gospel, CCM, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am good at dealing with vocals, dense arrangements, but can make sparse arrangements big too. I love working with drums as well. Mixing is my strongest skill.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I care a lot about vibe and emotion when it comes to mixing music. When you get a mix from me, rest assured that I don't look at mixing from a technical or numbers standpoint, but from an artistic standpoint. I want to enhance the emotion that you are conveying as much as possible.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically listen to the rough mix or demo first to get an idea of the vibe. Then I work on enhancing the sounds to make sure all elements and arrangements shine. I make sure the lead vocalist is the star but that the music is still felt and heard when needed. Smooth out any rough edges and most of all add vibe.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: iMac 10 core, Universal Audio, Plugin Alliance, Focal Monitors, Sennheiser HD600 headphones
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Manny Marroquin, Jaycen Joshua, Tony Maserati, IRKO, Tchad Blake, Josh Gudwin, Josh Yosh
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most commonly mix records to record/commercial quality.