Relatively new but highly enthusiastic mix engineer looking for looking to develop a relationship with artists who are passionate about their music. I've been a die hard thrash/death fan for a lifetime and intimately understand the heavy genres of rock and metal.
Despite being new to mixing I have developed my work & skills to the point where I am proud to offer my services publicly. I am currently working on music in the mornings/evenings around my day job - so I am looking to work with people who are slighly flexible on timeframe. I am highly dependable however, and you can be confident that I will deliver on time every time.
I have played in bands for the last 20+ years and written/released 4 albums, so I am very familiar with the creation process. Mixing has become an obsession and am excited to help bring your music to life and realise the sound that is in your head. I am happy to offer unlimited revisions to assist in reaching this goal.
I also offer drum editing, vocal tuning/editing, guitar/bass editing etc. for an additional fee.
I would love to have a discussion prior to working on your music, listen to reference material you have in mind and work together to realise the vision you have in mind.
Look forward to chatting further - Shaun
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Shaun Farrugia
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have been an enrolled student in the URM academy for the past few years - I have mixed 20-30 tracks in a practice capacity and there are a few that I have completed that sounded amazing. The feeling of mixing a track then listening back in the car and having everything sit just right is something that made me very proud and this practice has given me a lot of confidence to offer this as a professional service.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on mixing a Slayer cover with my band that I engineered. It is sounding great and will be released soon.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I have recently worked with Jordan Clark on an EDM track he produced - he was fantastic to collaborate with
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital - it is convenient, sounds great, and is all I've known up to this point.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am a little new but I am dependable - deliver what I promise every time. I am enthusiastic and determined to get things right - and am looking forward to a collaborative process to get it there.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Bringing music to life - that feeling of listening to a mix where you forget about the mix because everything is sitting right and then there is just the song left to enjoy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you get it to sound like "X" - answer would be that it is a little dependent on the recorded sounds, but if it suits the song and the recorded sounds available then we should be able to get pretty close!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Not sure any spring to mind here.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the song about - what is the feeling/story/emotion behind it? Do you have past recordings/mixes that you like/dislike? Can you describe how you want this to sound? What are you hoping I can achieve with this mix?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please just get in touch so that we can have a conversation - I am highly approachable and enthusiastic. It would be great to discuss a potential project together.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Headphones, Monitors, Interface, PC - strong coffee.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am relatively new, I have been practicing only for a few years but this has become an unexpected obsession. I have playing in a thrash/death band as guitarist/vocalist & main songwriter for the past 20 years - and released 5 albums as artist/performer (In Malice's Wake) - but have recently fallen in love with the production side of things. I have been working hard to gain the skills and get to the point where I am proud of my results and confident to work on music production and mixing professionally.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I love natural drums - whilst I have worked with samples, i prefer to take drums as far as possible without them. My style is punchy, huge and aggressive while still feeling human - like a band is playing.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Testament - I have been a lifelong fan and would love to work with a band that has inspired me over the years.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Eq in context - you need to ensure everything is working together - its easy to make something sound great in solo - the sum of the parts is what matters.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Predominately heavy, guitar based music - rock through to death metal. I am a lover of most styles of music though and enjoy the challenge of getting anything to sound great.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Using eq and compression to ensure that everything works together in synergy - and of course communication - this is vital for the process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Enthusiasm - understanding - and a willingness to work in collaboration to achieve a shared goal. I believe my skills in manipulating audio allow me to create mixes that are cohesive, clear and powerful.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to have a discussion with the artist to determine a vision for the project - I love listening to reference mixes to help get an impression of the sounds and styles that the artist is after. I will generally work to get a roughly finished product quite quickly and then send this off for directions and notes - from here I enjoy going back and forth to refine the finished project until the artist is very excited about the end result.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a reasonably humble home studio setup, I am working 100% in the box at this stage using a Focusrite Clarett+ 8Pre, running a range great plugins on a high end PC and working predominantly on Cubase 12 Pro. For monitoring I have a pair of Kali IN-5s which I love and my room is treated with a multitude of 6inch panels to tame reflection. I also reference using a pair of Sennheiser HD650s and like to edit using these for a more intimate look at the details.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The range is huge - I'm in love with the sound of many incredible albums all the way from Pink Floyd's Dark Side - through to AC/DC's Back in Black, through Clutch's Earth Rocker to Possessed - Revelations of Oblivion and most recently Bloodbath's Survival of the Sickest. As far as producers & mix engineers go - I love the workflow and approach of Jens Bogren, Dave Castillo, Dave Otero, Tue Madsen and a huge list of others..
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am currently enjoying mixing completed tracks immensely - taking completed multi-tracks and making them work together in exciting ways - that match an artist's original vision and intent. I am most intimate with guitar based heavy music - but am very open minded and just enjoy working on music - I have mixed EDM vocals recently and enjoyed the challenge of getting them to sit just right.