1. First of all, we would like to know a bit of your background story. How did you get involved in the pro audio industry?
I started learning classical music since young, majoring in piano and music composition. After graduating from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, I joined a record company (as a music editor), that also owned a recording studio called Fantasia Studios; one of the premier studios in Singapore in the 80’s & 90’s. I was lucky enough to have met and worked with some of the best music people in the industry and got inspired by them. I never thought that I would be an engineer one day until I left Fantasia and set up my own post-production house at Holland Village in 1999. Besides doing scoring & arrangement for commmercials, TV shows, I also had to learn to record and mix. It was there that I got my foot in the door towards a career in audio engineering. Driven by the passion for music, technology & high-quality audio, I decided to build Pavane Recording Studio wiith the help of the world-renowned acoustician Sam Toyoshima and project managed by expertise Team 108 in 2016. And this year, it’s our 10th anniversary!
2. What made you want to continue this as a career?
Well, I guess the love for music & passion for my work. I’m absolutely passionate about what I do and I’ve been loving it all these years.
The man behind-the-scenes
3. Do you prefer studio or live, and why?
I like both. However, studio work allows me to have more control and contribution (both musically and technically).
4. What is the most satisfying thing of being a sound engineer?
- Helping my clients to achieve what they want, or close to what they anticipate in their recording.
- When you build a bond of trust with the clients you work with, and they know that they are able to count on you when they need you. The confidence you exude in a session goes a long way to making the client feel comfortable so they can focus on their role in the production process.
A good sound engineer always keeps his cables tidy!
5. What are some of your more significant projects?
- The Inaugural Youth Olympic Games 2010 Opening & Closing Ceremonies
- 15th Asian Games Opening Ceremony in Doha (2006)
- National Day Parade 2008 & 2012
6. What is the greatest challenge in your work?
Time. To be able to work fast and efficiently. Not only to save your client’s money, but also to stay focused and fresh throughout.
Doing Live Sound at Esplanade Concert Hall
7. What Audio-Technica equipment are you using and how are they working out for you?
I have AT4047, AT4050, and AT5040. Recently, I added a pair of AT5045 to my collection, and I’ve been using them for pianos, choirs, orchestra on many classic location recordings. Love the warm & natural tone. Besides that, I also used to own an AE2500 kick drum mic.
8. What are your plans currently and for the future?
Currently I’m working on 3 albums : my own New-Age music with a record label in China, and two others for my clients : classical and semi-classical that will be launched soon.
9. You have mixed numerous acts so far. Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians and young engineers?
My advice is to learn music first, try to exposed to all kinds of music, understand the sound of different genre, so that you have more opportunities to work with people from different music background. Find the right person to work with, someone who can teach and guide you to the right path, and make sure you get paid!