Bob Macciochi (aka ‘Macc’)
Bob Macciochi (aka ‘Macc’) has been recording and mixing for over 20 years.
In addition to mixing for big-selling artists, Bob has seen his own music released regularly on vinyl, as well as him taking his live drum show all over Europe.
Bob enjoys working with music across all genres, from large hip hop labels to independent ambient, dubstep and drum n bass artists. He’s also mastered electrosynthpoppunk bands, extreme death metal albums, J-pop, commercial and local bands, the odd jazz band and all manner of other things.
A keen engineering geek with a passion for good sound and degree-level physics education, Bob regularly helps out engineers and producers at all levels, to help them improve their own production. His blog, discussing all areas of music-making and various other topics, can be found here http://bobmaccsblog.wordpress.com
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
Musically, aim to sound like yourself and no one else. It’s the only approach to making music that offers endless, limitless development. If you’re constantly growing as a musician, longevity is more likely.
Sonically/technically, always be asking yourself if you can achieve the same subjective effect but by doing less processing. The internet has seen a growth in people diving headlong into advanced, complicated processing that ends up making their sound worse rather than better.
Pursuant to the above; it all comes from choosing the right sounds to play together in the first place. When you get that right, the track mixes itself.
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
Building my business was the hardest thing, no question. I was working a full time day job for a branch of the United Nations while building my company on essentially full-time hours at night. It got to the point where I slept 3 hours a night an average of 6 days a week, for just short of two years. Believe me, I looked like hell. It ended up causing the break-up with my girlfriend of 12 years – who by this point, was my fiancée – and me which, ironically, was why I was doing it. I wanted to be happy in my work and be able to be around more for her, for the future kids, be happy when I was around… all that. We split up before marriage and kids though.
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
I made sure the work was good no matter what, and followed my dream. It cost me but when you have something you simply ‘must’ do for your own mental/spiritual well-being, you’d best get to it. If people can’t stand by you (and I’m not saying it was easy; she’s a great lady), then they obviously don’t truly understand what it means. I couldn’t and wouldn’t have been happy punching the clock and riding out my UN job to retirement. It would have been tantamount to lobotomising myself or my soul, or something.