Mix Engineer for Reekado Banks, Phyno, Burna Boy, Zlatan, Teni & lots more.
"Mixed and mastered by 8notes" has been seen on blogs and publications since 2015, I started out as a producer in 2012, never stopped until I became a mix/mastering engineer full time. Worked with prolific Nigerian artists like Burna Boy, Phyno, Reekado Banks, Phyno, Teni and a lot more. Currently live in England and I mix 100% in the Box.
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Interview with 8notes
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I premixed a song "Gum Body" by Burna Boy. It ended up on an album that was grammy nominated, I didn't get credits for it because obviously the pre-mix after recording is not a major role per say but It encouraged me to keep going cos I know what I did and I'm very proud the song came out so good.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An amapiano album for an artist named Mr. Dutch. will be released soon hopefully.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I know Dro from his works on Wizkid's albums and can say he's a great mix engineer. I'd recommend him.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. because that's how I started out and I strongly believe that in the future we'll go more digital than analog. It's just a matter of time till we begin saying goodbye to our favourite analog gears and even analog emulation wont be a thing anymore.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: "I'll do my best"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Just being able to solve audible problems and bring life to what was just a bunch of rough sounds gives me excitement.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "What do you think of the song?" and I usually give them the most honest, yet constructive/positive responses. If it's great I'll say so, If it's lacking in some areas I'll let em understand that more could be done.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: some people think we just make things loud and most think everything can be fixed in the mix, so regardless how a song was put together, it can always be fixed in the mix. like engineers are magicians, Yes we are but there's certain things we cant change.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them what music they listen to, what they like. That helps me make better judgements when approaching their records.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just record clean music and I'll handle the rest, by clean I mean, pay attention to your audio, avoid noisy recordings, use proper gear and observe proper techniques. that goes for production and recordings. and I'd also like every customer to know that 1 song mixed by 5 engineers will sound 5 different ways, atleast slightly, so although we are working together to make you satisfied with the sound you want, don't expect the final product to come back sounding like your DEMO. your demo is unmixed and it sounds so for that reason.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, It's charger, My Headphones, My AirPods and an internet router. With those I'd be set for life. Lol
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started out as a producer 10 years ago as of the time I'm writing this, Branched into mixing fully in 2015. Never stopped.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean and subtle.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with 6lack, I think he makes timeless music and his productions are always great.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Dont do too much, layering is nice but rather invest time into getting quality sounds rather than layer loads of stuff that needs loads of tweaking. One good Kick is always better than two flabby ones.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly afrobeats, I do some RnB too, I love hip hop and trap music but because I started Out in Lagos, Nigeria, Most of my songs are afrobeats.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: pitch correction and working with vocals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Balance! I think that's the most important thing to consider, bringing balance between what the initial idea was and what is the professional standard of things, I listen, compare and improve, not necessarily change things.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The process varies, but I prefer working at night when it's all quiet and calm, I start with headphones and finish on monitors.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have always loved a minimalistic design, I have my Monitor pair on a stand, A sub on the floor under the desk, I mix in the box from my 15 inch macbook pro running a core i9 processor, 32GB of RAM, lots of storage for audio files, My universal Audio Apollo Interface and A few headphones. My favourite being the BeyerDynamic DT 990 Pro.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I grew up listening to lots of Gospel music, I learned to play keys because of that, I looked up to a great nigerian producer by the name MasterKraft, and also few american producers at the time too, Like Zaytoven, Mike Will Made It, Scott Storch and Lex Luger
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix and master records, artists send project stems via email and I get it done typically within a week, I allow upto 5 reviews per song and depending on the complexity of the record, turnaround time might be longer or shorter.