I was recently contacted by a guy who needed someone to interview for his university project. I always try to help everyone, especially future engineers who are studying at university. I know what it's like to be young and contact established engineers. Only for them not reply. We've all been there at some point in our lives. In this article I have answered the questions put to me in as much detail as possible.
1) What are your day to day roles?
My day to day rolls at Audio Animals consist of various different roles. Primarily I work as a mixing and mastering engineer but my day will consist of also building VST plugins and instruments, audio recording, administration duties and creating online content for our fan base to read and learn from.
2) How did you get into the industry?
I always had a love for music from an early age. DJing oldskool garage got me into creating music. I then got into the production of music and making it myself. From there I started to engineer music for myself and others. This is the point I consider as how I got into the industry, this was where my first paid job was. From here everything just snowballed and I worked on track after track and I never looked back. 32,000 songs later I'm where I am now.
3) What qualifications and experience helped get you into the industry?
No qualifications, personally I feel qualifications are not necessary. I've never once been asked for my qualifications. Experience speaks volumes in this industry. If you come to me as an employer with 1000 hours of studio time mixing and mastering for various clients I'm more likely to employ you over someone who has done 1000 hours of sound engineering courses at college or uni. Experience is everything. Of course having a qualification is great and will help but it is in no way essential in this industry.
4) On average, how many jobs do you do every year? Roughly how many clients do you do work for each week?
On average we would work with anywhere between 4000 - 6000 jobs a year. Of which 2000 - 4000 would be individual clients.
5) How many different services do you provide?
We offer more than the average mixing and mastering studio as we try to offer everything our clients may need. We also offer CD duplication and post production services, as well as recording podcasts for fashion companies around the world.
6) How has the workload increased/decreased over the last year?
Workload has increased so much over the past few years that we have had to build another studio to deal with the workload. We will soon need to build a third studio and bring in another engineer to deal with future workload. I never like to turn work away.
7) Do you have any accolades from your time in the industry?
None I can specifically say. I'm not really a fan of searching for accolades. Although if an award was presented to me I'd happily accept.