Today, we're featuring , Daniel Trachtenberg an experienced Recording Engineer working with Red Bull Music and XL Recordings. He's responsible for recording, mixing and mastering music and film projects for the London studio and UK record label.
Daniel graduated from Bournemouth University in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Film and TV Production and then in 2010 completed his Diploma in Audio Production from SAE Institute London.
In addition to his work as Recording Engineer for Red Bull Music and XL Recordings, in 2011 he founded company 'A Found Sound Productions Limited' to showcase all his audio production work across the entertainment industry. This includes music, recording, editing and mixing for the likes of XL Records, A$AP Rocky, Maverick Sabre and Toddla T and original music composition for television, film and theatre. His work in this field includes Extreme Russia with Reggie Yates (BBC 2015), Young & Proud (The New British Digital Magazine feature 2014) & Vogue presents Adidas’ Rita Ora Collection (Vogue Online 2014).
1) What made you want to work in the music industry?
I DJ'd from a young age, collected records, and I eventually fell in love with how records were made. I went back to school in my mid 20s to learn how to engineer and I've never looked back.
2) How did you go about getting your foot in the door?
Brendon Harding at Red Bull Studios took me under his wing when I finished studying. I've now been one of his team for about 6 years.
3) Albums that had the most impact on you?
Boards of Canada "Geodaddi"
Bon Iver "22, A Million"
Burial "Everything he's ever done"
Grover Washington "Feels So Good"
Bobby McFerrin "Spontaneous Inventions"
4) Career highlight so far?
Engineering the New Gen Album for XL Recordings.
5) Best bit of advice for anyone looking to break into the business & what to expect?
Meet lots of people, be nice, ask for advice, expect that you're probably wrong about most things and don't be a dick!
6) What are you working on at the moment?
Just did a session with DVSN who are on Drake's OVO imprint. Super wonderful R n' B. I'm also mixing for an amazing new singer called Harve, produced by Kwes Darko (Blue Daisy) and about to do a few days with another genius artist called J.Warner.
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