How To Be A Top Studio Engineer #IndustryTips

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“The Executive Producer is the water rinsing and preparing the car…

The Producer is the soap washing the car…

The Engineer is the wax on the car, adding the shine and polish so you can make heads turn…

The Artist is the driver…!”  – Fumez The Engineer

In a fascinating studio session with Fumez The Engineer it was clear to see why an engineer might be one of the most important people in the music making process. A permanent fixture in every recording session, a good engineer can turn a bedroom recording into a chart hit.

He’s mixed a whole host of prominent songs on the scene including, ‘Round Here’, ‘Pull Up, Hop Out, Bang’, and Cadet – Ooouuu, along with his work on Mic Check and Behind Barz for Link Up TV. Aged 14, Fumez discovered his passion for music at a local youth club. Within a few years he became Managing Director of Pressplay-UK. Press Play positioned Fumez to compete with the big players and fuelled his passion for music igniting a competitive streak to set him apart from other engineers.

One of the only engineers to have a voice tag on his recordings, Fumez describes his style as ‘distinctive’. A broad term to encapsulate the mix down, effects used, and what he can get out of the artist. He adds, “you’ll know it was done by me before the end of the song.”

During my studio session with Fumez, he enthusiastically explained a range of mixing styles, pointing out the various nuances by playing songs I’d heard before, just not in that way. Once highlighted I could hear the difference between what Fumez describes as:

Air Mix* – Bright/Thin sound. Polished and clean.
Example, Rick Ross.

Warm Mix* – Smooth bass/Thump/Clean.
Example, J Cole.

Clarity Mix* – Sounds natural/ A polished version of the artist.
Example, Nicki Minaj

Subtraction Mixing* – “Subtracting frequencies that have harshness on the voice. This is the style that I’ve mastered” explains Fumez.

Tin Mix* – “It’s not a real name, but it describes the sound, it sounds like it’s in a tin can. You can do it within a song to add a new element to the track

Tube Mix* – Warm/Clarity.
Example – Behind Barz

*these are not professional terms

2019 will see another unprecedented year for the engineer extraordinaire following the release of, The Mix-Tape 2. The tape incorporates wavy urban sounds, featuring artists such as K Trap, Ard Adz, Headie One and more. Fumez’s monumental release is a showcase of raw UK talent that is sure to make heads turn.

TAKE AWAY
Find your own stamp
Master your style (be unique)
Look beyond the role

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