My job is to make your music sound as good as possible.
I have two jobs:
1. Serve the Song
2. Serve the Artist
I keep true to the song by letting it breathe and using the bag of tricks I've accumulated in my 7 years of experience working with music and audio
I keep true to the artist by asking what they want out of the song and sticking to their vision as I work
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Interview with Griffin Etchison
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the project! Some of my favorite productions have been tracked on tape then mixed in a DAW but there is no end all, be all way to work. Pick the right tool for the task
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: A product that you are happy with and a new fan
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being fortunate enough to work on so much cool music!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who fits your music, we all have our niches
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer with a DAW, an interface, a decent set of headphones, and 2 SM57's
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got started in my High School's theater program dong sound design/live sound reinforcement. From there I fell in love with the technical side of music. I went to Millikin University to study Commercial Music with an emphasis in Recording Technology. After graduation, I was contracted to take over as the head engineer for the school's semi-pro orchestra and annual Vespers choir concert CD
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Nashville based with Midwestern Style
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Lumineers, they embody a lot of my "keep the edges on" philosophy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Perfection is boring. If its not an obvious distraction, leave it in. Keep the edges on
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The highlights of my portfolio are Orchestral, Hip-Hop/Rnb, and Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Taking risks and trying new techniques to make your track unique
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My diverse range of influences and willingness to do whatever it takes to serve your music
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get a rough mix sounding good in mono before adding any inserts, fix anything that's distracting from the impact of the music, add verb and delay to give more depth to the mix, automate everything to really bring the music to life
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My room is very much setup for the mixing and mastering that I do most. I built it around a Tascam US 20x20 Interface and Studio One to allow a hybrid mixing workflow when the project demands it.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The ones I admire that remain modest in the face of great success
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of what I do is Mixing and Mastering. Taking the tracks given to me by an Artist or Producer and polishing it down into a single cohesive piece of art.