Foley artist and audio expert Bastian Gerner tells Headliner about his path from hip-hop to sound post production and the creative tools he can’t do without.
With a lifelong passion for hip-hop and all things audio, Bastian Gerner’s career has taken an illustrious journey full of intriguing twists and turns. From the age of 15, his love of ‘90s era rap drew inspired him not only to write and perform his own music, but to delve into the art of how exactly the music he loved was recorded.
“I was asking myself the question of how this music is being put on the CD,” he recalls, speaking to Headliner via Zoom from his studio in Dusseldorf. “That was the initial moment of thinking about audio and production. Then I bought a record player and started buying vinyl and I learned how to DJ. Eventually I became a rapper, which I still do today. This was about 25 years ago. I knew early on there was only two things I wanted to do professionally - be a rapper or be a sound engineer.”
His mind firmly set on the career he wanted to pursue, Gerner set about assembling a team and a studio that would help him begin to fulfil those ambitions.
“At the age of 18 I had moved out of my parents’ house and had my own studio and gathered a crew around me with many musicians who put their gear into my space,” he continues. “I had a Mac and Logic so was able to record. I realised at the age of 20, because I never got into production myself, that sitting on my Logic editing vocals was something I could do well, and if there was a job where I could edit sound that would be cool.
“It took a couple of years interning at studios as a mix engineer and then working on the side as an event technician. I found the opportunity to look into film sound and that was the turning point to prioritise this over my music. I interned again in Berlin in post production and ending up in a great place doing an apprenticeship for two and a half years. I learned everything I wanted to know about sound editing.”