I'm a producer and mix/master engineer based in Mobile, AL. Your art is special to you, and I will always treat it with the respect that it deserves.
I own St. Ann Studios in beautiful, historic Mobile, AL. Mobile is centrally located and a quick trip from New Orleans, Biloxi, Gulf Port, Pensacola and all points in between.
I focus primarily on metal, rock and punk, but I love all genres and love working with singer/songwriters, Americana artists and pop/country.
St. Ann is also fully setup to produce, track, mix and master your music remotely -- so if you're worried about COVID, I can absolutely make it work without you ever stepping foot in the studio.
I have a wide range of digital and analog gear and can help you get your music sounding professional and polished.
For more information about me and my studio:
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Kevin deLeon
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always treat you and your art with the respect you deserve. If you're willing to put in the work, so am I.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing a client release their art into the world. Creating something (music, paintings, books, etc) -- is the closest we will ever get to being immortal.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it can be "fixed in the mix." This is absolutely the worst myth out there. Yes, some things can be salvaged when necessary, but getting it right at the source is the only way to get a professional product.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for this song/album? What is your goal with this song/album? Throw me some influences and mixes you like and why.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone you can get along with that is easy to communicate with. Have an open mind, but don't let producers or mixers push you around. At the end of the day, it's your art.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer obviously, my Amphion Two18s, my Stam bus compressor, my Kemper and a my Gibson Les Paul Standard Gold Top.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to be in the studio with Jason Isbell one day. I'd love to see how his brain works. Same with the band All Get Out or '68.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Put new strings on your guitar and tune it...tune it OFTEN.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my experience is in the "rock" genre (indie, punk, metal, etc) -- but I'm comfortable working with bands from all genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: There are a LOT of great mixers out there -- and while I think that I'm a very solid mixer -- I think my strongest skill set is listening to the artist and understanding what they are trying to accomplish. I feel like a lot of producers and mixers get caught up in THEIR vision, and not the vision of the artist. It's our job to guide them and provide some fresh perspective, but it's not our job to make it about us.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I've been in bands and writing music since I was in middle school -- so I have a lot of experience with both the band/writing side of things, and the recording side of things -- but mostly I feel like I bring an objectivity and an open mind. I always treat the song with respect. It's all about the song at the end of the day.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: This can vary pretty significantly based on what the client needs. If I'm producing and mixing, things would likely start with pre-production (getting to know the artist and really dialing in the songs), tracking, editing, mixing and then mastering to add that final polish.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work primarily "in the box," but I do have quite a bit of outboard gear that I use to add real analog saturation when tracking and also to my final prints.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: This is really a tough question because I love so, so many artists across so many genres. Songwriters like Jason Isbell and Nathan Hussey probably inspire me the most. They are shining examples of how a well written song doesn't have to be overly complex.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I specialize in production and mixing.