15+ years of experience in Production, Mixing and Mastering straight from the wolrd's Electronic Music capital.
My lust for music has led me to Berlin at the tender age of 20, where I arrived with my first laptop and started buying records and making my first tracks, meanwhile soaking in the local music scene and learning the german language. When i was proficient enough i then started attending the SAE Audio Engineering course, and in 2010 i received my diploma.
Having already had various experiences with live sound starting in my teens, I always knew that the studio was actually the place where I wanted to be.
After school I was extremely lucky to land a gig as assistant at the now defunct “Headroom Studio”, where I was able to cut my teeth even deeper assisting in recording and mixing sessions of all kinds with engineer Marc Elsner and composer Christoph Rinnert. Unfortunately that experience had to end when the studio was hit by a massive “gentrification” rent increase and had to cease operations.
Aside from my professional experience I have constantly been studying to expand my knowledge of good sound and the machines that enable us to make it.
With more than 20 vinyl releases under my belt (with either my Topper or Dead Rail aliases or with my band Triptease) I have accumulated a great deal of experience in what it takes to produce great sounding recordings that will translate well on all mediums and systems.
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Interview with MTT Audio Solutions
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Making music, mixing, mastering and improving my skills everyday that goes by!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid! Each domain has its benifits, so why not take advantage of both?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will make your track sound the best it can without compromises
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I think working with music is just an unbelievable gift for a music enthusiast as me :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That everything can just be "Fixed in the Mix". A great mix starts with a great production, and even though we can do wonders in the mixing stage we can do even more with an already great sounding recording
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How can I help you to make your music sound like you imagined it in the first place?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1 computer, one soundcard, a pair of speakers, my modular synth and my DSI Tempest
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started making music in my teens with Reason, Fuity Loops and the first Korg Electribes. After High-School I then moved to Berlin to attend the SAE Institute and kickstart my Dj and producer careeen in the world's electronic music capital!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: None in particular, as every artist will give me the chance to work on something different and learn something new.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I highly reccomend getting into the K-20 metering technique, alongside with the use of reference tracks.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually all kinds of electronic music, but i also love working on recorded music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Experience! With more than 20 vinyl releases under my belt with either my Topper or Dead Rail aliases or with my band Triptease (and many more digital only releases) I have accumulated a great deal of experience in what it takes to produce great sounding recordings that will translate well on all mediums and systems.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When i get to the studio I always start by firing up my references playlist to get me ears in the right place. I then carefully listen to the unmixed project, and it's off to the races!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run a Hybrid setup, where the soundsources and effects are mostly hardware. Mixing and Mastering mainly happens ITB
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ricardo Villalobos, Warp Records and Floating Points are some of my main electronic influences. In the engineering world Eric Valentine is definitely my main inspirations
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I specialize in Electronic Music Production, Mixing and Mastering