Remote Alt-Pop Production

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Bringing an inspiring and ego-free mindset to making music you can feel!

I'm a creative and experienced recording and mixing engineer with efficient production and instrumentation skills. My background in Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop and R&B music has gotten me credits in engineering, production and mixing.
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Interview with zachmakesrecords

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

  2. A: All the music I'm excited about right now hasn't come out yet! That said, an artist and friend of mine named Matt Manzo came to me in 2020 with a concept for an EP. I ended up recording it, producing it, mixing it, and mastering it. Considering I took it from start to finish, I believe it is one of my best works.

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

  4. A: Recently, I've been working on some covering some of my favorite songs. It forces me to figure out exactly how they got the sounds I love.

  5. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  6. A: That I can make ANYone sound good. Regardless of anything I do, talent always shines through.

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

  8. A: Just an acoustic guitar probably.

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

  10. A: I mostly fill my schedule with singer/songwriters who have a song in their heads or on paper that needs an extra boost of character and polish they couldn't achieve on their own.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Production. Mixing is fast and easy for me, but production and writing is definitely where I feel like I can really be myself.

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

  14. A: I like to think I bring a warmth, intrigue and character to songs that might otherwise be thought of as dry or lacking personality.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I mostly work in-the-box so I can stay mobile. The plugins these days are incredible. I have an Isolation room and ample microphones to capture whatever I need.

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

  18. A: Artists such as The 1975, Jeremy Zucker and Hippocampus are huge inspirations and influences on my work.

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: Both. Analog on the way in, Digital in the middle, Analog on the way out.

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

  22. A: I can do it from anywhere! I also love the feeling of helping someone achieve their dreams.

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

  24. A: Who are your biggest inspirations? Whats your favorite song? Anything that makes them excited about making music.

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Be specific in what you are looking for! It helps people like me work way more efficiently and effectively.

  27. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  28. A: Growing up I was always into music, but also always into taking things apart. Therefore, the technical side of music and recording has always appealed to me. I started recording myself and my friends when I was around 15. Since then, my rig has grown as well as my experience through education at Recording Workshop in Chillicothe and through projects I've worked on and been a part of over the last 7 years.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Organic and Experimental.

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

  32. A: I would love to work with Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. He is always working in such creative and inspirational atmospheres and has impeccable taste in synthesizers.

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

  34. A: If it already sounds good, don't overthink it. Not every track needs to go through a couple EQs and 3 rounds of compression.

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

  36. A: Usually, I truly immerse myself in one project. I know some people like to work on multiple projects at once but I find that for me, that takes away from the final product.

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

  38. A: Mostly, I take a clients song idea or outline and turn it into a polished track all the way up through mixing. On occasion, I'll get smaller projects where I just do one step in the process, but usually I work start to finish.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Bon Iver
  • The 1975
  • Jeremy Zucker
Gear Highlights
  • Ableton Live for production
  • ProTools for editing and mixing
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