Billy Decker: The Power of Specializing and How to Mix Fast Using Templates - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 59

Published on:

2nd Feb 2022

Billy Decker: The Power of Specializing and How to Mix Fast Using Templates

This week’s guest is Nashville based mixing engineer Billy Decker. Billy is most known for mixing a lot of hits, and mixing them fast. His credits include 16 Billboard #1's and artists such as Sam Hunt, Chris Young, Rodney Atkins, and Cassadee Pope. In the studio he works very quickly, finishing mixes in about an hour. He’s written a book about his process called "Template Mixing and Mastering" and has also done a course for Pro Mix Academy on the same topic. We chat about the “how” and “why” of working fast, the importance of superior customer service, and the advantages of specializing.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • The "Why" for working fast
  • Mixing with Templates
  • How specializing can work in your favor
  • Understanding your pricing and your hourly
  • Being a signed songwriter and then becoming an engineer
  • Choosing a "great hang" or superior customer service over raw engineering ability
  • Nashville songwriting demo studios
  • Producers now vs producer 20 years ago
  • Delivering quality from home studios
  • Using drum samples
  • Work-Life Balance
  • The importance of having interests outside the studio
  • Taking the time to save templates for everything you do

Learn More About Billy Decker...

Check out his book "Template Mixing and Mastering" HERE

Check out the Pro Mix Academy course HERE




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Guest: Billy Decker

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Jannick Frampton & Travis Ference

Audio Restoration: Stephen Boyd

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.