Hi, I'm John. I'm a mixing engineer specialized in Christian music aiming to help bring your Christian worship songs to the next level.
I have found my passion in music since my teenage years from playing classical guitar to mixing live sound in church and to music production in recording studios and record labels. In this journey of pursuing music, I have discovered my calling in mixing Christian music and decided to specialize in this field when I was mixing live sound in church.
I have also worked with one of the top record labels in Malaysia known as Faithful Music which made me a better mixer.
I aim to provide excellent communication and bring your songs the next level based on your style and taste of music.
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Interview with John Teh
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: First question would be "how do you charge?" I charge $150 per song. Second question would be "how long does it take to finish?" It will usually be around 3 to 5 days depends on how much of work needs to be done on a mix.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: About 5 years ago, I worked as an intern in my first recording studio. I was so privileged to work with a very high caliber Taiwanese singer. I was recording her album for one and a half months, until this day, I still remembered that every week she comes into the studio to sing, I get goosebumps every time I hear her voice which made me so excited to come into the studio to work every day to record and listen to her voice.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will usually receive tracks from clients and listen to the rough mix. Then, I will visualize the song which gives me direction for mixing and then I will mix the song. After I finished mixing the song, I will usually listen back to the song the next day in the morning with fresh ears. After that, I will send the tracks back to the client. Then, the client and I will continue to communicate making sure the song is sounding the way the client wanted. If the client is satisfied, then the job is completed, if not I will do revisions on the song until the client is satisfied.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Growing up I listened to a lot of pop and rock songs, and mixing live sound in church. My style is definitely Christian worship songs, since, I have discovered my calling in mixing Christian worship songs.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I would ask them about the their preferred style, taste and feel of music so that I get to know them. By knowing them, I will know how to polish their song based on their style, taste and feel of music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, interface, and headphones because that's all I need to get the job done.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone that honors and treats your music with great care as much as you do.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Based on the rough mix sent from the client before I mix it, after knowing the style and feel of music from the client, as I mix, I will do my best to get the song closer to the vision of the client.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Steffany Gretzinger because I absolutely love her voice. I love her passion and authority coming out from her voice.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix Christian worship songs.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a christian, I get inspired by a lot of christian worship songs from Bethel Music, Hillsong United, Elevation worship and Planetshakers wanting to be able to mix songs like them. At the same time, I also get inspiration from successful mixing engineers from people like Bob Clearmountain, Chris Lord-Alge, Dave Pensado, Andrew Scheps and Warren Huart.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I'm working on mixing songs from various genre mainly pop and rock to further my portfolio.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer both because each have their own sound bringing different taste and colors to a song.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best in mixing the songs bringing the songs to next level and getting the songs sounding closer to the vision of the client.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the fact that every song is unique, therefore, every time I mix a song is a brand new canvas to work on which bring a fresh element to my work.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: In my career, I have worked for various sound companies, from recording studios to audio visual distribution companies to live sound companies and to record labels. I have been working in this industry for 5 years.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Getting the perfect mix. I believe there is no such thing as the perfect mix, there is only good or bad mix. Saying a mix is perfect is saying a mix can no longer be improved which can prevent growth from a mixing engineer.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Christian worship songs and work a bit on secular pop and rock songs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Knowing the clients is very important, knowing their style and taste of music. With that knowledge, songs can be delivered to them effectively and efficiently.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I do my best in visualizing the song knowing how a song should sound like before mixing. So, as I start mixing, I will get the song sounding closer to how I visualize the song in my mind.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently, I worked from my home studio. I find myself being able to be more productive in my home studio because of the familiar and comfortable environment. I use Pro Tools 12 to mix, monitoring thorough KRK monitors and Audio Technica headphones using a Presonus interface.