Written by Jay Sanders | Photos by Anthony Harden
Mixerman, aka Eric Sarafin, details a life spent (so far) as a recording studio rat, an author, and an instructional video star.
The faint scent of incense lingers in the air as Mixerman sits in his basement recording studio. The walls are covered in Buddhist and Hindu tapestries, and the space has that perfect audio stillness that is the hallmark of all great mixing rooms. Anchoring the middle of the gallery, his audio workstation sits patiently showcasing his yin-yang inspired Mixerman logo.
“Mixing is the most elusive discipline of all in this business,” he says. “For whatever reason, there’s just very few people that can become good mixers. It requires a certain combination of personality traits I feel. Willingness to be obsessive. Willingness to not obsess. It’s kind of like riding the line between left brain and right brain thinking. It’s such a technical process, but it’s such an artistic process at the same time. It’s a lot of alone time; you have to be in control of your own demons when you’re sitting there mixing for hours at a time.”
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