Mike Hiratzka

Producer, engineer, mixer

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I produce and engineer electronic music with cinematic and alternative influences. I engineer and mix everything that I produce, and have produced, engineered, mixed and remixed for many other artists. I have toured as a music programmer with many top artists including Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Rihanna and Charlie Puth.

My discography is on my website www.mikehiratzka.com and my music is on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/djmhiratzka or on Spotify, Apple Music etc.

I can help artists with song development, music production, vocal production, sound design, engineering, mixing and remixing. I have worked with some of the biggest artists in the world and am comfortable working on tight schedules and under pressure. I have a professionally-equipped hybrid analog/digital home studio with top notch gear by Rupert Neve Designs, API, Thermionic Culture, Antelope Audio, and Universal Audio among others.

I play guitar, piano, bass and am a classically trained vocalist.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.


  • English

Interview with Mike Hiratzka

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

  2. A: My album 'nish' that I completed during the pandemic. It really exemplifies everything I do as an artist, composer, producer, engineer, sound designer and mixer.

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

  4. A: I just finished programming two live appearances for Shakira, including The Tonight Show and TSX live from Times Square. I am also scoring a sci-fi cartoon, writing music for my next solo album and developing music videos for some of my forthcoming releases.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both are indispensable in modern music production.

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

  8. A: I will deliver something that you love, something on which you are proud of putting your name.

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

  10. A: I love music and the process of making music. I enjoy the technical aspects of the process, I'm a gear nerd and proud of it!

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

  12. A: What are you trying to achieve? How do you want your project to sound? What are your influences? How can I help you achieve what you want from this project?

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

  14. A: Be as prepared as possible; have your ideas or demos together, stems organized, whatever it is that you are bringing to the table.

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

  16. A: My Fender Strat, vintage Music Man bass, Guild 6 string acoustic guitar, Sequential Prophet 6 module and my Macbook Pro.

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

  18. A: My life in music began in the late 80s as an alternative rock guitarist. After sitting in on a studio session with some friends, I got the studio bug and pursued a degree in recording engineering at Full Sail. While studying in Orlando, I was exposed to the vibrant electronic music scene that was exploding at the time. The futuristic sounds emanating from those massive club sound systems had a huge impact on me, and made me think about music production, and the possibilities for my own music, in a completely different way. At the beginning of my studies I wanted to become a rock engineer and producer, but my time in Orlando initiated an evolution that culminated in becoming a well-traveled progressive house DJ, producer and engineer. Over the next 15 years I had dozens of releases and remixes on iconic labels including Ultra Records and Alternative Route Recordings, as well as running my own label Lost Angeles Recordings. A chance opportunity in 2010 took me on a decade-long journey around the globe several times as a touring music programmer for pop and rock artists. I spent the 2010s on the road with artists including Justin Timberlake (3 tours including a stadium tour co-headlining with Jay Z), Rihanna, Hugh Jackman, Evanescence, Charlie Puth, Toni Braxton and Akon. This time provided continual inspiration from this unique, global exposure to modern music; experiencing it through the eyes, ears and voices of millions of audience members, and acquiring a deeper understanding of music's universal appeal that transcends traditional cultural borders. Since the end of 2019 I have been focusing on music production full-time, branching out into producing music to picture and releasing my own music.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Diverse. I love a lot of different music and it reflects in the music I make, and gives me a broad palette of sounds to draw from and incorporate into my productions.

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

  22. A: Radiohead. They are amazing, and their collective creativity is constantly inspiring.

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

  24. A: Mix your music at quiet volume on your monitors. It will give you the best balance and most polished result. And reference your mix against music you love!

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

  26. A: Electronic music, everything from club dance tracks to chillout, often with cinematic overtones or alternative music influences.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: I am an experienced engineer, and that allows me to make the technical process of production to be transparent and not get in the way of the creative process.

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

  30. A: Creativity, imagination and experience with multiple genres.

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

  32. A: I usually work on a song from start to finish. I love the development process, whether it's writing an original song or taking stems and creating a remix. I engineer everything, and deliver a polished final mix, and can master projects on request.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: I have a professionally-equipped hybrid analog/digital home studio with top notch gear by Rupert Neve Designs, API, Thermionic Culture, Antelope Audio, Universal Audio among others. I have Moog, Sequential, Korg and Eurorack synths, both vintage and recent designs; Fender and Nash electric guitars, a Guild acoustic guitar and vintage Music Man bass; amps and cabinets by Marshall, Foppstar, Hafler and ADA.

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

  36. A: I am inspired by artists that incorporate intricate electronic elements into their music: Radiohead, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Royksopp, and NIN. I am also influenced by film composers like Ludwig Goransson, Hanz Zimmer and Johann Johannsson.

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

  38. A: I specialize in music production, sound design, remixing and mixing.

Mike Hiratzka

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GenresSounds Like
  • Massive Attack
  • Sigur Rós
  • Radiohead
Gear Highlights
  • Rupert Neve Designs 5060 Centerpiece mixer; preamps and EQs by RND
  • API
  • Thermionic Culture; Universal Audio and Antelope Audio converters; Moog
  • Sequential
  • Korg and Eurorack synths; Fender
  • Nash
  • Guild and Music Man guitars
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