Moscow-based mix and mastering engineer, producer and sound designer Maxim Komov tells Headliner how the Russian studio and recording industry has evolved in recent years, his approach to music production, and how he uses oeksound’s soothe and spiff plugins throughout his process…
It’s been quite the busy year for Komov, having worked with his usual range of well-known Russian artists and bands – including Thomas Mraz, Bicycles for Afghanistan and Hardcore Café – as well as with Mongolian pop girl group The Wasabies.
“I’ve also collaborated with some great songwriters,” he tells Headliner. “I worked with a production duo called Sunny From The Moon on some big opening ceremonies that happened in Sochi and Kazan, two big cities in Russia. We composed and recorded the music for these events, and there were a lot of local pop artists involved.”
While the majority of Komov’s most recent mixing and production work has been on the pop rock side, he admits that his musical influence is quite broad. He grew up listening to and playing in rock and metal bands, and quickly developed an ear for more experimental styles like Norwegian jazz.