Maxime Robillard is a musician, producer, and mixing engineer located in Queens. His own music, under the name Love Letters, has released on Allergy Season, The Bunker, Mister Saturday Night and more. His rhythms are instantly recognizable and mixes deep with a tendency for deep saturation, lush bass and space.
Maxime Robillard is a musician, producer, and mixing engineer located in Queens, NY. His own music, under the name Love Letters, has been released on Allergy Season, The Bunker, Mister Saturday Night and more.
Maxime's interest in recording began during his childhood training on piano and has grown parallel with his deepening interests and experience as a musician. This musician background is at the root of his production and mixing approach. His understanding of music theory assists in the recording and mixing process to distill the music to its emotional core and help it succeed in conveying the artist’s message.
He makes music to communicate, and he enjoys uplifting fellow artist and musicians’ voices through their music.
His tracks as Love Letters are on regular rotation in underground parties and clubs in NYC and far beyond. His rhythms are instantly recognizable and his DJ mixes notable for their deep saturation, lush bass, and space.
With a unique sense of rhythm and a penchant for the dissonant and strange, he is comfortable working in electronic, indie, alternative pop, and ambient styles.
For an example of pop, check out Blew Velvet's release 'Touch Me', or Katzin's song 'Playboy'
For an example of ambient and soundtrack, listen to the collaboration on the Car Culture album 'Dead Rock', or the soundtrack From There To Here with Milo McBride.
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Maxime is a pleasure to work with. Punctual, insightful, patient with questions, a great communicator, and someone who clearly cares about helping you get the most out of your music. His skills in mixing as well as adding color and depth with effects are superb. You can really hear the difference and what he did with my tracks definitely made me that much more excited to share them with the world. Highly recommended!!
I’ve had Maxime’s assistance in many capacities over the past decade: as an album producer, a sound designer/synth wizard, a mixing engineer, and a remix producer. He is both endlessly curious and extremely patient, which makes sessions with him feel like some sort of musical dreamland where play is constant and anything is possible. He can turn a song on its head and come up with an entirely fresh, unusual, ear-grabbing sound, or he can chauffeur your composition expertly and seamlessly to exactly the destination you envisioned — he has the skill and humility to do both. Highly recommend!!
Maxime is the best! He has helped on many sessions with in person mixing, songwriting, re-recording midi through synths and adding new tracks. Can definitely hear a big difference in the tracks we worked on and the tracks i worked on alone. Highest recommendation!
Maxime is incredibly easy to work with and his passion for the craft truly shines through in his work. I gave Maxime a track to mix down without giving him much direction and he completely surpassed my expectations of what my own music could sound like. The mix was clean, spacious and had enough heft to be played in dj sets next to mastered tracks. I'd love for Maxime to handle all forthcoming mixing projects.
Maxime was a dream! I had three surprise song additions to an upcoming EP, two instrumentals and one remix; was quick to write back, the studio is very nice and easy to get to in Brooklyn. First round, one was perfect; after revising the other two tracks (all in a 48-hour time frame) all three tracks were ready to go to my mastering engineer. 10/10 recommend Maxime!
Interview with Maxime Robillard
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise we will realize your vision, and I promise it will be better and something you hadn't dreamt of before!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Sometimes seeing "inquire for rate" for most of the pricing can be intimidating, but this is because I want it to be a conversation. I have a rate, but am happy to discuss what could work best for you and your project. It is a conversation, not a blanket requirement.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Two Adam A7X monitors, a new AKAI MPC Live II, a Zoom H4N and a refrigerator.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mixing is most levels and imaging / depth. Get those right first and the rest will follow and fall into place.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am known for my electronic music productions. Ambient pieces, house and techno with an old school flavor, and indie / punk music is my background. I like things that are free, fierce, flirty, sensitive too. I've done work on projects that aim to sound like 1972 Trident Studios Elton John, as well as contemporary bass techno warehouse rave sounds. Most often I am working on rhythmic electronic music as that is largely my community and my practice.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: One thing I am known for by friends, collaborators and clients, is my transparent style of communication. I see this job primarily as a customer service job, and to make that as successful as possible there needs to be clear and open communication. With that in mind, I have my taste and ideas and will bring those to the project, but I leave my ego aside because ultimately it is YOUR music, not mine.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A wide knowledge base of music old and new, across many styles, due to my interests in all sorts of sounds. I have a deep understanding of songwriting, and can see the big picture to help identify what works, what doesn't, what is needed, and to know when we have "the take."
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to begin with a conversation to get to know the client, the project, their background and inspirations for doing what they do. This will help guide my decisions in mixing, as well as know how to best communicate with them. I then like to take some time to do a first round of everything. While my concept of how the mix or production should sound will be the first round, it is informed through the conversations and notes from the client. Then we move to rounds of revisions to sculpt the music to the client's vision. Revisions for you visions!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Hara Kiri is a delightful person and has an incredibly sharp ear.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog & digital and why not? Both have their strengths, let's combine to get the best of all worlds.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love helping a client bring to life their vision, whether it be their career or a casual hobby. Discussing music, seeing the world through the lens of audio and the art of the song and sound, and connecting with others through it all is my passion.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is geared towards mixing and production, with careful consideration with room treatment and comfort. The goal is for it to be an easy and comfortable place to focus on the music.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The studio engineers! They help capture the sound upfront, where all other decisions will follow from. A well known engineer I love is Trina Shoemaker, and a well known mixer that I do admire is Tchad Blake; the way he approaches music, his work itself, and his novel ideas about creating space through distortion are inspiring. The way he has *not* followed rules and created his own sound is fascinating. Too many musicians and producers to count as inspirations, so I'll leave that to come up in conversation instead.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and electronic production.