My aim is to take your music and put it on steroids
I'm Mo, a UK based artist, mixing/mastering engineer and producer currently studying a MA in Creative Music Production. My goal when collaborating with artists is to not only help them achieve the best representation of their artistic vision, but to also aid in the development and perfecting of it. I make sure that every detail at every stage of the process contributes to enhancing the feel and the soul of a song. I am at home with mixing a multitude of styles; Boom Bap to Bhangra, Drill to Dubstep, Trance to Trap... you get the point. Whatever your style is, you can rely on me to take it to where it needs to be and then some. With regards to producing, my main genre of focus for clients is Hip Hop as of now, but I am always flexible.
I like for whoever I am collabing with to have a complete sense of what a project is attempting to communicate: what emotions do you want the listener to feel, you vision and what are your influences. Communication between us is key for us to be on the same page. With all that being said, I am looking forward to making some bangers!
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Interview with Mo Iqbal
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1178, Subsequent 37, MPC 3000, SM7B and a SSL G Bus Comp
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, I never liked this question. Can't live without either
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Clear communication, fast return and the best representation of their artistic desires
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability to universally communicate with all walks of humanity through sound. I have ASD and for the longest time this used to be a great trouble for me, but now it is my strength
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I guess that because my productions are more specialised to hip hop right now that my engineering should be to. I can mix whatever is thrown my way
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I don't ask anything specific, I simply just want to get to know the ins and outs of them as an artist and a person so I can fully contribute to getting a product that best reflects that
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check the end product through every speaker you have: laptop speakers, in the car, your earphones when working out... everything!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've not been at this for long, 2-3 years producing and half that time engineering. As a matter of fact I didn't even listen to music on my own until I was 15. But fastforward to now and I am creating music at a very high calibre. All I am saying is keep your eyes on me because the rate I am improving is extraordinary
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Warm, low end heavy and spacious. Soothing yet still able to knock through any speaker
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Artists that I see a part of myself in are the one's I want to work the most with; Ye is a shining example of this
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Automate your effect sends!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any Hip-Hop and Electronic subgenre, as well as various fusions of genres with North Indian Classical and Folk ideas, particularly with the first two
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ear for drum sound design and low end
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'd say my input is like putting cocaine in a cup of coffee. When I am on someone else's project I use my own artistic ideas and vision to boost and bolster the artist's vision. In other words, my main focus is to get the greatest representation of an artist's intent in sound through every technique I use on my own productions
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I never stick to one process as I feel like this hinders my ability to create new ideas. That being said, melodies come first, then the drums, then vocals. It's roughly the other way around when I am mixing however.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mostly work in the box (Reaper) and I always go back and forth with my monitors and my headphones. Most synths I lay on a track are my Subsequent 37
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are many musicians that influence what I do at a given time. One day I am in a Giorgio Moroder mood, another day I will be taking influence from Ustad Zakir Hussain... maybe a week later I am making 808s like Mike Dean
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing, mixing and mastering hip hop