I am a young pianist and mixing engineer.
I am an Italian pianist and mixing engineer with a passion for music from an early age.
I started playing the drums, then the guitar, and then moved on to studying the piano in the conservatory (where I still study). I have also participated in various courses of "Sound Engineer in studio & live".
I will be happy to put my skills at your disposal.
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Interview with Mattia Farao
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The project I'm really proud of is Cataldo Perri's Day Hospital Hotel, because it was my first professional job in which I dealt with the recording and the mix.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I'm working with my partner on the production of three songs, which I'll have to deal with mix, recording and mastering.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: unfortunately not
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: For me, today the ideal is the hybrid. With digital you can recreate many analog machines thus breaking down audio problems and maintenance costs. Without, however, definitively abandoning analog, which is fundamental in recording and in mix and mastering chains.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To always arrive at a good job and to satisfy every request!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The best part of my job is when working on production and recording, because that's when you interact the most with the artists/producers. Then comes the moment of the mix, in which I ask for some time and privacy to immerse myself in the mod of the song. And then the mastering in which I understand if I have satisfied my client.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: It's usually the price.I reply with my rates. In addition to the price, they ask me what kind of file they should send me. I always answer: wave files with 44.100kHz sample rate and 32 bit float.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I do miracles :)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of sound do you want to achieve? What platforms are you going to release your music on? How did you produce your music? What equipment did you use? Are there specific directions for mixing/mastering?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: First of all, to send me the production in order to recommend it even before starting the mix. This way I can get the best out of the artist/producer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: an acoustically treated room, a computer, monitor, headphones and piano
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been involved with music since I was a child. I started playing drums by ear (hearing my father play so many times). As a child I learned other instruments such as the guitar. After so many experiences, such as the one at the ariston in San Remo, at the age of 14 I made the decision to study piano at the Cosenza conservatory where I still study. After many attempts to record myself at home, I decide to attend the 6-month "Sound Engineer in studio/live" course. A world has opened up to me in this course. This is how I am captivated, also thanks to my partner Leonardo Caligiuri with whom I collaborate, in the world of mix/mastering. Together we worked on a songwriting project (Cataldo Perri - Day Hospital Hotel) with which we ended up in national newspapers (such as "La Repubblica") and in the cinema with the documentary "Once upon a time in Italy" with the extraordinary intervention of Roger Waters. All this with only two years of experience in the world of mixing / mastering. For me it's just the beginning.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is given by my way of mixing and mastering a song. These fit the identity of the artist.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with many artists of the moment such as Ultimo for pop music and various orchestras for classical music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The best production advice is to bring it up to a level where without mixing it sounds good. If there isn't great production, mixing and mastering won't
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Classical, pop, songwriting, rock, blues, jazz, alternative music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Get to the optimal final result in any circumstance!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the song to compete with today's sound, which is essential to fully appreciate all the artist's and producer's intentions. I also try to bring out all the emotions that the artist and the producer want to convey with the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process is as follows: I import the tracks into my Pro Tools project and check every single audio track in case there are audio problems or background noise. Then I check the phase and pitch of the various elements. Once all the problems are solved I start with corrective equalization, then compression, musical equalization, clipper, effects, automations etc...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My study is directed towards the work in the box. I have an imac m1 to speed up my workflow. My listening system consists of Ollo Audio S4x headphones which allow me to have incredible linearity in listening, the M-Audio BX5 to understand how my mixes/masters translate to other devices and a hi-fi system to listen to the work before the end
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a pianist with a classical background, so all composers inspire me especially Chopin, Bach and Beethoven. But I also love many other genres like pop, rock, jazz, alternative music and many more. My mixing/mastering engineers are Chris Lord-Alge, Pinaxa, Marco Sonzini and many others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: For my clients I work as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer.