Berlin, Germany (March 11, 2016)—While producer Gordon Raphael is best-known for his work with indie acts like The Strokes, ex-Skunk Anansie lead singer Skin, Regina Spektor, Mexico’s Fobia, and the U.K’s The Moonies, he’s also a prolific musician in his own right. The catch is, you haven’t heard much of his music since the days of his 90’s grunge act, Sky Cries Mary, because he’s been busy perfecting a cache of tracks. That silence may end soon, however, as he discusses in a new video, due to his acquisition of ADAM Audio S3X-H monitors.
“Because I come to production as a songwriter, musician and performer, I have the funny feeling that the most important thing about a production is that the people who make the music are happy,” says Raphael. “So my style is to find out what the band is interested in, and I listen very closely. One of my greatest technical skills is turning someone’s ideas and dreams into a sound. So if they tell me something, it gives me an idea of how we set up the instruments, how we record, what order we do things. And I just help them develop the sound that they want.”
In the video, Raphael explains that while his work around the world as a producer has afforded him the luxury of having all the instruments and equipment that he desires, it has not given him the luxury of time to spend on making his own music. He talks about finally working on his own album, which he recorded in four months, but has been mixing for nearly two years, trying to make it better and better. And that having the right set of monitors is finally helping him finish the project.
“Now with my ADAM monitors, I can actually hear where the mistakes are clearly, because at every volume point and EQ point, I can hear the change like a slap in the face. It is really quite a thrill to be able to locate the source of the problems in the mix that I could not hear on other speakers,” he says. “Now the mixes are being finished; the songs are piling up and I think I have finished 30 songs of my own music in the last couple months since I have gotten these monitors.”