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Leonardo Fernandes

Check out and share our Leonardo Fernandes Interview. This interview is part of our new Producer & Engineer Q&A Series. In this interview series we feature exciting producers, mixing and mastering engineers from all walks of life. As always: Share & Support!


Please introduce yourself real quick. Tell our audience about your background and how you go into doing what you´re doing right now.


My name is Leonardo Fernandes, i'm a Mixing and Mastering Engineer from Venezuela, I always liked music and I started playing guitar when I was 13 years old, time went by and I was in drum lessons, bass and others. By the time I graduated high school, I knew that I wanted to work in the world of music and audiovisuals, so I entered the university where I graduated as a sound engineer. I worked in several studios recording and mixing bands from Jazz to Rock, Metal to Tri Hop where I learned a lot. Today I work doing post production for television channels like The History Channel, A&E, E!, Lifetime and mixing and mastering music for people from all over the world.


Please tell our audience what projects have you been working on in the last years?


I have worked with artists like Jay Nemor (Jazz / Neo Soul), Country Boi (Hip Hop), Yua (Pop / Latin), Novo Color (Indie / Fusion), Brovvn Bear (Chillwave / Electronic), Electric Runner (Synthwave), Daria Danatelli (Pop / Synthwave), Frisky Monkeys (Synthwave), Kinnie Lane (Pop).

I like to mix and master any musical genre since I'm always looking for new challenges and it allows me to work with music style which I do not usually produce.

As a producer I love working with Rock, Punk, Post-Rock, Post-Punk, Synthwave, Retrowave, Synthpop, Chillwave, Chill Hop, Hip Hop and anything similar


What are you currently working on? Do you accept clients and and what kind of projects/work fits your profile?


I just started a Music Production and Sound Engineering services company called "Handcraft Audio", I am also currently producing the next Electric Runner album and the debut EP of Brovv Bear which is very interesting since they are very different projects but as I said I always like to face new challenges.

About the clients, I'm accepting jobs like mixing and mastering of any musical genre, ghost producer, musical production for Films, TV commercials and more.

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?


Yeah, i'm a die hard fan of Tycho, LCD Soundsystem and Timecop 1983.


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?


Be real, use social networks in your favor but not only to create a mask, talk to the public interact with them, your fans will really value it.


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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?


Only publish really finished songs, if you publish something unfinished or of low quality people will not take you seriously.


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?


“I just start talking with non stop to my friends about my favorite artists like Sonic Youth, New Order, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, etc.


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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


My company Handcraft Audio has gained more recognition, I am full of customers mixing and mastering music, I will be working on a new album for Electric Runner and the debut album of Brovvn Bear.


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http://www.soundcloud.com/handcraftaudio

https://www.facebook.com/handcraftaudioccs/

http://www.instagram.cpm/handcraftaudio

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