Thomas K

Pop & EDM producer, mixing

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Pro music producer and mixing engineer with 25 + million streams & recent ('22) releases on Republic and Soave Records as Kalkovich. Worked on 100 + ad campaigns for trailer music company The Solos, MG Cars, Brooks Sports, Clipper Tea and more.

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Hey! I'm an experienced music producer in EDM, dance and pop music based in Amsterdam specialised in song production, mixing, songwriting, vocal production and vocal tuning. I'm into catchy melodic pop in the best Max Martin tradition. My strongest skill is giving shape to productions with great attention to detail and feeling.

Read my interview if you wanna get to know me more!

Last but not least, I'm all about honesty and transparency. What to expect from me;

- Production price is based on co-operation; I will turn your basic production idea into a finished song (get in touch to discuss details)
- Mixing price is based on around 50 stems or less (but not a deal breaker)
- I am service oriented and aim to bring your vision to it's best possible outcome; I'll make your song shine
- I'm used to delivering the best service for the most demanding clients
- Can do detailed and manual vocal editing combined with the best vocal production techniques
- Turn around time; 1 week (depending on project specs)

I would love to hear about your project! Click on the contact button and send me a message!

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

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Languages

  • Dutch
  • English

3 Reviews

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  1. Review by Lauren D'Abate
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    Thomas was so easy to work with! He totally delivered on what I wanted, and even a little early. He took into consideration my comments, and listened to what I was going for. I'll definitely work with him again! Thank you Thomas!

  2. Review by Tim Riehm
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    by Tim Riehm

    Thomas is a killer producer, songwriter, and mixing engineer! I’ve worked with him a few times, and every song we do sounds amazing! Would HIGHLY recommend!

  3. Review by OIJ
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    by OIJ

    I've worked with Thomas on multiple projects. He is professional and knows how to bring out the best in a song, increasing its commercial viability. Our latest release has scored over a million plays.

Interview with Thomas K

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

  2. A: If you're looking to engage your audience and want to work on a production with strong hooks and great melodies, I'm your man. I'm super honest but always considerate in the hunt for optimal song shine.

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

  4. A: A laptop, audio interface, mixing headphones, a fender telecaster, a 1000 tb HD and a device to connect to the internet. That's 6 pieces btw ;)

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: Melodic. With an emphasis on catchiness and feeling.

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

  8. A: Martin Garrix, Zedd, Max Martin, Timbaland. They've reached peak understanding of the dynamic between melody, sound color, rhythm and song structure. It's what I always look for and teamwork helps finding that sweet spot.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: To tailor my craft to the client's wishes. I like to bring a sense of richness and catchiness into a production, how far I take it depends on the client. Melody, song structure and balance help to find the right emotional impact.

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

  12. A: After working on solo projects and ad music for years to hone my skills, the first collaboration I initiated as Kalkovich was a cover of This Is The Life that went to over 20 million streams (on all platforms) within a year. Together with LittleKings I worked on the song to give it the right vibe, ear candy and additional synth and guitar melodies, layers, mixing balance and structure. All major labels made offers, we went with Universal/Republic.

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

  14. A: Originals and covers for my project Kalkovich and other artists.

  15. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  16. A: Tim Riehm (amazing voice, amazing attitude, amazing skills, fast communication), OIJ (sweet guy, amazing skills, very talented, amazing attitude)

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: Depends. Whatever works best to achieve optimal feeling.

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

  20. A: Nothing but the best sounding production. My very best to meet your needs. Service aimed & detailed communication.

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

  22. A: I get to indulge myself with music every day, and the sense of freedom it brings

  23. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  24. A: Varies. My answer is always yes :)

  25. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  26. A: That it's about technical skills or gear.

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

  28. A: What audience do you want to engage, what mixing style do you prefer (with the help of references), what kind of sounds do you love, what songs do you hold in high regard, what are you aiming for with this production. What do you expect from me.

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

  30. A: I'm a full time producer for 10 years now. Before that I was a highly trained drummer and played hundreds of shows. I quit that to become a producer/artist; started doing ad music to support myself and learn the craft. I wanted to be able to work with all sound colours and cultivate a sense of melody and feeling.

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

  32. A: Learn to listen to your feeling; take breaks. Come back. Listen again. Adjust project for maximum emotional impact. The difference can be in the pronunciation of a vowel from another take.

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

  34. A: Pop, EDM, alt pop, dance, rock

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

  36. A: Inspiration & feeling

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

  38. A: Together with the client I narrow down a few references. I start working on the production to get the sounds right. Most important thing in the process, is taking a step back and 'feel out' what you're working on.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Very simple and in the box. Not a gear freak.

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

  42. A: Max Martin. Timbaland. Stargate. Martin Garrix. Porter Robinson. Petit Biscuit.

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

  44. A: Bringing out the right feeling for the track. Every element has to work in favour of the listener's experience.

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4 samples of official label releases by Kalkovich

I was the producer and mixing engineer in this production

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