Recording & Mixing

Want your music recorded? I can help you with that. I have a lot of experience recording rock, pop and electronic instruments and am specialised in drum recording. I can mix the recordings too. Or you can send me a finished track to mix. Anything is possible.

Producing
Sometimes you don’t just need a recording, you need a plan. It’s extremely hard to be in charge of a recording project while at the same time participating as a musician. Your connection to the music and musicians obstructs you from making good decisions for the group and the process. It’s often a good idea for an artist to reach out to a producer to guide them through the recording process. You’d be amazed by the impact! I can provide this service for you.

I’m not the type of producer that has one sound and tries to push every artist into the same direction. I listen to the artist and decide what kind of production would bring out the best in the artist and in the song. As you can hear in the songs below my production style wildly varies according to the music that I’m working on. 

Remote Recording
A recording is as good as the musician you are recording. No you need solid drum parts?  Check
out the Remote Recording Page for more info on me recording drum parts for your songs.

Where? How?
My Hotboks Studio is well equipped for recording drums, guitars, bass, keys, percussion and vocals. It’s not big enough to record a whole live band. For recording live bands (which I highly prefer over recording in layers), I work with external studios, such as Studio Konkreet or Pro Sound Media in Dordrecht. For a good price/quality ratio, we can do the live tracking at an external studio and the overdubs, vocals and mixing at Hotboks.

And  how much?
How much I charge for my services depends on a lot of factors. That’s why I ask you to send me an email with as much details about the project as you have. I will respond with a price quote.

Can I hear some of your work?
Listen to some of my productions below.

Geert Teekens – 21st Century Hedonistic Butt Wipe (2022)
A track of my own. I wrote the music, played all the instruments, did all the vocals and mixed the track. This track was a tough cookie to finish because of the amount of layers in the music. It contains beatbox, acoustic drums, electronic drums, percussion, synth bass, electric bass, sampled upright bass, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, Fender Rhodes, more synthesizers, a ton of vocals with all kinds of processing and, last but not least; kazoo! It took a while to balance out every part but I managed to give everything its place. Pieter Kloos provided an excellent master and my daughter Melle drew some insane artwork that is featured in the music video.

Maarten & Geert Teekens – Billion Golden Eyes (2023)
Collaboration with my long time music buddy & older brother Maarten. We used to play in a band called BluefisH together and this song was one of the last BluefisH songs written. It had never been recorded and we decided to honor the song by recording it properly. Maarten stacked his beautiful vocals and played guitar and synth, while I took care of drums, percussion, ukulele, glockenspiel and the production/mix side of things. Bass guitar was played by one of Dordrecht’s most solid players Ton van der Kolk.

Scotch The Band – Wat Ik Doe (2019)
I’ve known Scotch the Band for many years and when they approached me looking for a producer for their next album I could resist recommending myself. 🙂 Together we established a vision of making this a record with pure and live feel. No frills, just good songs and good takes. After a hefty 6 months of preproduction we went into Moon Music Studio with the great Pieter Kloos as engineer. There we recorded all the instruments live in one room and one take. We tracked vocals back in Dordrecht and Pieter mixed the songs at his The Void Studio. It was great working with Pieter and I am really fond of the openness in the sound of the album.

Here Today – My Friend (2023)
Here Today asked me to record their new EP with a very challenging time schedule. Some songs hadn’t even been written and still the release party was fully booked, tickets were being sold as we discussed the project. We went for a couple of preproduction nights in their rehearsal room, followed by a couple of tracking days. I recorded the basic band tracks live in their rehearsal room and added some Les Paul and RAT overdub dirt to their signature Telecaster/Vox sound. Then we did all vocal recordings in one day at Hotboks and I went straight into mixdown, snucking in an additonal guitar overdub and tambourine cameo. 🙂 It was over before we knew it and when the tracks came back from mastering at Pieter Kloos, I had to say I think we did pretty well on this one. I love Olaf’s songwriting and I think the bands is playing and sounding good.

Parelvet – Marliah (2022)
This heartbreaking song is about the colonial past of the Dutch in Indonesia. Parelvet had written a group of songs about his personal family history in this historical context. He had recorded the songs in his living room with very minimal technique. I was touched by the raw beauty of the simple recordings of these beautiful songs and persuaded him to release the songs as an album. I remixed the songs to get the most out of the recordings and the project was finished by a tasteful mastering by Edwin in ’t Veld. I am proud of the result; Si Bung Parelpet’ is a beautiful album.

Morninglight – Edgitaar (2023)
A classic remote recording scenario. Edgitaar recorded some tasty riffing through his home studio setup. I recorded drums to them and worked on the arrangement with Ed. Dordrecht finest players Ton van der Kolk and Gerben Verhaar took care of bass guitar and vocals and Morninglight was born. Once again mixed by me and mastered by Pieter Kloos.

Gekke Maten – Ik Doe Een Dansje (2021)
During Covid Lockdown my brother Maarten Teekens (a great singer and songwriter) revived an old hiphop project he had with his mate Rori. Together they wrote and recorded a house/hip hop song about dancing at home in your living room. Maarten called me in to finish the song. I took my job rather serious and rigorously made changes in the song structure, replaced sounds and made overdubs on bass guitar, electric guitar and percussion. The guys were happy and when I felt I could not take the song any further we called in Lucien Foort who made a huge impact on this track with his aggressive stem mastering job. On this attended session I learned the true meaning of “kotsen in de club”