Almost ten years strong with iStock, Mitja2 has been here for the whole story. Strong themes, built with purpose, mixed with seamless, balanced mixing and mastering make for a deep and compelling portfolio. Mitja2 has charted a course here and has been true to that trajectory, resulting in a collection of tracks that is often the first stop when buyers are looking for solid quality.
You have been with iStock longer than most. Would you share with us how you came to hear of iStock and perhaps give a bit of an overview of your experience in the early days, through iStockaudio's start and up till now?
I used iStock way before the iStockaudio came along. Since I'm also a graphic designer I buy photos from iStock. When I heard about audio starting it made my day (or a year). In the beginning I concentrated on uploading as much as possible, not caring about downloads. It payed up. I think this is still a good recipe.
"Golden rule: less is more. Sometimes just an acoustic guitar and percussion is enough to get a lot of downloads."
Things have changed a lot around here, but there must be some consistent approaches that you have taken in your work to help your success. What ideas would you share that are applicable to the next generations of artists submitting to iStock?
Since I'm also an audio imaging director on a radio network, I have some experience in that field. First thing would be to not to compose music as a song, but rather as a background. That means no lead melodies. Of course that's not always the case, but as much as possible. Another pointer would be to not to complicate too much. Golden rule: less is more. Sometimes just an acoustic guitar and percussion is enough to get a lot of downloads. Last but not least: don't make starts of the songs complicated. Hook the listener in 5-10 seconds if possible.
You have a great balance and presence to your mixes. Of course there is no replacement for time spent mixing, but there must be a few tips you could give to help some of us avoid the many traps that young mixers can fall into?
Compare your sound to a lot of radio played songs. That's what listeners (buyers) are familiar with. Try to analyze it part by part, instrument by instrument. Why is mine not sounding as good as the one being played on the radio?
"Don't trust any article and brand name. You need to find your perfect monitors with your own ears and NOT EYES."
If you could only use one microphone, one preamp, one compressor and one effect to create a track, which would you choose and why?
Microphone: Neumann U87 (because it sounds good on every singer)
List the albums that shaped your perceptions of music and drove you to find your musical voice. What were the points of interest in these albums for you?
PRINCE: Purple Rain, Parade and Sign'o'times. Pure genius in music, arrangement and production. Still after 30 years. Best male vocal on the planet. No one comes close.
If you could go back in history to witness 3 events what would they be?
1. Live Aid 1985 London