Songwriter, producer, mixing engineer and father of 2 lovely kids. I wrote and produced more than 40 top10 songs in East of Europe ( Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey...) and i have more then 350 released songs.
I am from Bucharest, Romania. I produced and i had writing sessions all over the world( USA , Mexico, Spain, France, Danemark, Germany, Russia).
GABRIEL started producing music 20 years ago for the Romanian music industry and he managed to become one of the best local composers in history. He produced more than 350 released songs and more than 40 Top 10 hits for Eastern Europe artists from Romania, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Bulgaria and other nationalities.
Among others, he worked with Markus Schulz, Dan Balan, Delia, DJ Project, Alexandra Stan, Elena Gheorghe, Andreea Banica, Jo, CRBL, Heaven, Ryan&Radu, Giulia, Anna Lesko, Hi-Q, Lili Sandu, Ovi, 3 Sud Est and many many more.
He also wrote hundreds of songs for tv commercials and tv shows, so far managing to gather a consistent music library containing not less than 500 songs, by genres: comedy, drama, documentary, hope and others.
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Interview with Gabriel Huiban
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in Cubase and Logic Pro. My outboard stuff includes: neve 1073, universal audio 1176, universal audio 6176, tl-audio summing mixer, apogee converters, universal audio Apollo , a lot of vintage mics like neumann u67, neumann cmv563, neumann cmv 3, sony c800, synths Roland Phantom, Roland Juno, Acces Virus, Nord Lead, and many more. Uhh and tone of plugins :)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I write toplines, i write lyrics and i produce. Sometimes i mix/master. Usually, my clients ask me to write and produce new songs for them from scratch.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There are many projects...Let’s say i am proud of the last single of Dan Balan- Numa Numa 2. The original song (Dragostea din tei) was a famous song in 2000’s all over the world. He wanted to remake the track , originally written by him, and to add new parts on it. It is always a very hard mission to make a new production for a already famous track. I did the production, i recorded the vocals, i did the backing vocals, i wrote the topline of the verses, and did a premix.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just signed some artists to my small independent label and i write/produce music for them. I also write/produce music for different artists from all over the world.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It depends...It’s a long story.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Every client is unique. I promise i will try to undestand exactly what are you searching for and to meet your expectations.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I never felt that doing music is a real job. That’s what i love.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 1.When the song will be ready? When we will be happy with it! 2.My song will be played on the radio? I will do my best but unfortunately to be at the radio stations needs a complex process and the quality of my work is just a part of this process.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear on your request. Send as many song references as you can.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My bacbook pro, a midi controller, a mouse , the u67 and the UA Apollo.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I Wrote my first top 5 song at only 15 years in ‘99. I started as a singer and writer and after 2003 i worked only as a producer&writer. I wrote&produce more then 350-400 songs. More them 40 of my songs were top 10 in east of Europe.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Maybe Max Martin. His experience , versatility, and his power to be a top producer for more then 25 years is fascinating me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sometimes less is more
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, house, edm , techno, deephouse, raggaeton,
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My work ussualy adds that touch that can make the track more radio friendly and more catchy. In the production process i allways look for that kind of sounds that give a lot of personality to the track.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I can adapt to different types of work. Sometimes i work in writing sessions, sometimes i write and produce by myself from 0, sometimes i produce songs writen by other artists
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I feel inspired by fresh good music but if i need to pick a name the i would pick Max Martin’s work. Also Serban Ghenea for mixing.