I just landed my latest Gig (and this is how most of them choose me) by being clearly myself.
Most Mix Engineers will talk about Gear and Genre and all the formulaic stuff that turns them on. I do not.
I talk about what turns me on which is Selling the Story of the Song, Finding the Beauty of the material. Coupled with my deep knowledge of music over the last 60 years, this helps the right people choose me.
Gear & Genre-obsessed people don’t understand that so they pass by and while frustrating to see, I know that when people come to me for me, we do Great Work
Which just happens to deliver 5-Stars and a great review like:
Amazing collaborator, I would give more than 5 stars if I could. Excellent communication, I am very happy with the final product - an overall pleasing and creative experience. Seriously above and beyond. I really appreciate the two mixes on Planets, I feel like you took to heart all the information I provided, you went above and beyond to ensure a thorough and creative transaction, and on top of that you provided sound advice to increase my knowledge. Can’t say thanks enough, I am very happy with the tracks.
This is what will get you hired.