What’s your name and your story?
My name is Jerome Renard and I’m a mixing engineer working on pop and mainstream music across the globe.
I was born in Belgium, and started my journey in a recording studio as a curious 16yo kid pushing every button and fader I could get my hands on.
Since then, I’ve been in a studio almost every day working with some of the top producers, composers, and artists, which gave me the opportunity to develop my ear with professionals.
I got out of Belgium, worked in Paris, London, Bristol, and 5 years ago settled down in Los Angeles. Now I’m running my own business, and working with artists in more than 40 countries.
Why do you love mixing?
It’s all about the connection.
I make sure that you can feel the emotion of the song, and also enjoy the sound of it.
For me it’s a pair that always goes together.
Being a food lover and cooking from an early age, I often say that mixing and cooking are really similar. It’s all about creating a balance to bring out the best of each part. There’s the sensibility of each element, the feelings you get each moment, and the impact it leaves when it’s over.
From the initial second you hear the record, until the last, everything matters. It has to be polished and make you feel something.
When it all comes together, it’s the most rewarding experience.
What makes you different as a mixing engineer?
I want to feel something; to be on a journey. And if I’m in love with the song, the audience is going to as well.
I see my job as a mixer as making sure that we bring out the fragility and uniqueness out of the singer, and also expressing the emotion through movement in the instrumentation and adding effects to create an environment, or a space.
I want everyone to feel something when they listen to the song. It’s all about moving energy and emotion.