Hi, my name is Benjamin Rifatbegovic - SAHFI. I've been producing, mixing and mastering my own songs as well as tracks and remixes for other artists for the past few years. I'm mostly focused on various types of electronic music, but I'm open to almost any other modern genre as well.
I have been producing and DJ-ing for at least 10 years now, but have only recently decided to start releasing my own tracks to the world. What I intend on focusing on here is offer various mixing and mastering options for other artists for an affordable price. I use Ableton Live, Adobe Audition and various professional VST plugins for mixing and mastering (such as iZotope and Fabfilter).
Other than my own home studio equipment, I have access to other studios in my city and listen to tracks on other gear to ensure the product is actually finished properly.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
Interview with SAHFI
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both analog and digital have their pros and cons. I lean more towards digital since it's much more affordable and the general public, as well as most avid producers can't tell the difference. It's hard to distinguish .wav from good quality .mp3's, let alone analog from digital.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about my services is that I can fix a badly mixed song with only mastering.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been producing for quite a few years now. But only recently I've become comfortable with my skills that I've started releasing my tracks to the public. I intend on self-releasing and doing whatever I can by myself on my own terms.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'd say I'm some sort of jack of all trades. Whatever it is that someone wants, I can mostly get it done. One way or the other.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There aren't many artists that I wouldn't want to collaborate with. Old, new, mainstream, underground.. Don't matter to me. As long as we create something where we're both satisfied with the final result. Personal pleasure over fame and money.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: As someone who has gotten pretty good at the process of mixing and mastering, my advice for other producers would actually be to not focus on that too much. Work on creating a song, sound selection, maybe some sound design, the arrangement.. A good song that's decently mixed and mastered will always trump a bad one that's mixed and mastered by the best engineers.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mostly work on various electronic types of music, such as: House, Tech-House, Indie Dance, Breakbeat, Progressive House, Melodic House etc.. But I'm also a big Hip Hop head and enjoy making beats as well. I have also experimented with other genres like Dubstep, Drum & Bass, EDM and Future Bass.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skills would be finding the proper drum samples and other sounds to use and just overall mixing and mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I honestly don't think I bring much to a song other than overall good quality production. I don't think I'm that creative compared to other artists, nor do I have a specific style or sound that people recognise me by. But I guess I can be a bit too self conscious
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually have some sort of idea (chords, melody, bassline, beat) in my head that I record on my phone and lay down on the piano later on. After that I hop on Ableton, create the sounds, choose the proper loops & samples and start arranging. Some of the ideas eventually become finished tracks, but most of them just "sit on the shelf" for a while until I figure out what to do with them. Some of them I just pull out when working on a remix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In my humble little studio are located only the things that I consider to be the essentials. Nothing over the top and too expensive. A pair of Yamaha HS5's, which I've gotten so comfortable to mix on that I know almost exactly how my tracks will sound on other sound systems. A Focusrite Scarlett 6i8 audio interface which I mostly got because of the dual headphone output that I use when collaborating with other vocalists. As a Sennheiser fanboy, I own their MK4 condenser microphone, HD-280 Pro and HD-25 headphones. And that's basically it. Sure it would be nice to own some more expensive gear as well. But this is more than enough to get my songs sounding professional. It's more about how you use your gear, rather than what it is you have in my opinion.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I don't really have any specific artists or producers that inspire me. But if I had to choose one from the top of my head, it would be Diplo because of the huge variety of genres he has worked on. A sort of jack of all trades. It's also something I don't shy away from myself. SAHFI isn't a brand that only creates a certain product. It's just a regular guy that loves music and enjoys experimenting with various genres.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for clients is mixing and mastering, with some remixes here and there.