Drey Henrique

Mixing and Mastering Engineer

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Mixing and Mastering Engineer on Alternative Rock / Pop / Retrowave music genre.

Mixing and Mastering Engineer on Alternative Rock / Pop / Retrowave music genre, based in Brazil

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Interview with Drey Henrique

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I mixed the song called "Happier" for a friend of mine, Lisa. She's from Indonesia and she makes great music, she's an incredible talented musician. She was learning how to mix yet, the result was good but the song was so great that it could be even better. I decided to mix if for here as a gift. Unfortunately the song was already been released by the time I sent her my mix version. She'll probably re-upload it in the future.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both! It really depends on the genre, project specs. No rules here

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: I'll deliver the best work I can.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: Everything! I can't even explain why I love mixing, I just love to take that millions of tracks and balance it into a song.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: Why you don't do mastering on your own mixes? Well, when you mix a song, you keep listening to it on the process, you get use to how it sounds a little bit. You make a great mix, but if someone who wasn't in the process comes to give it final touches, this person will instantly recognize small adjustments to make it sound great. Fresh ears makes a huge difference.That's mainly the reason why I don't master my own mix.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: For sure is the "Mixing is fixing". The art of Mixing was never about fixing bad recordings but bringing life and boosting what's already there.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: What they expect their music to sound like. But mainly what their ambitions on music industry. This is a very important factor to think about before mixing it.

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Don't go for pricing or status. Go for the one who understands your project, work with people who are willing to learn how you make music to be part of it. People do better jobs when they're passionate with it.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: Anything that could have Spotify and Youtube so I could listen to new music.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I've been mixing for 10 ears, being the past 6 ears professionally.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: I believe I have this "clean" overall sounding style, even on dirty saturated vintage sounds. I like things to sound balanced.

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: I'd love to work with anyone who thinks music outside the box. Artists willing to let the creativity roll freely

  25. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  26. A: Never put the creation into a cage, neve take "musical rules" into your production. I believe every great song ever made got there cause they didn't do things "by default". Experimenting, trying is actually a gaining "waist of time" that will be worth it at the end.

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: I usually work on alternative modern rock. But I also do Pop and Retro Wave mixes.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Learning! I feel like I learn how to fit things into each song when I'm mixing it. I learn how the production was made by listening to it, so I can make better decisions on how to mix that specific song.

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: I try to bring some life to whats already there. I think it's important to maintain the overall mood, the artist creation, but applying a little bit of my style, my references to make something unique

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: I start by listening the overall record song and aspects. Then I move to cleaning up the audio, mark some points that need attention on fixing small issues, prepare the track volumes for better processing response on plugins. After that I start a rough volume mixing based on the song references for the project. Once I have an overall feel of the music I start the imaging to match the genre style using compression, volume and panning. Once I'm happy with the Image of sound, I start the creative process with effects, automation etc. To finish mixing I work on Master Bus, gluing things a little bit with compression and equalization to give it some fine balance.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: Full home studio House Mix. Pro Tools 12 Mackie Desk Waves Plugins Fab-Filter Plugins

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: Greg Wells, Buch Vig, Chris Lord-Alge, Ryan Hewitt,

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: Mixing or Mastering, but never both on the same project for better results.

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