Coffee Break Club: Fredrik “Fredman” Nordstrom

Coffee Break Club: Fredrik “Fredman” Nordstrom

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Fredrik “Fredman” Nordstrom needs no introduction if Metal Production is your forte. He has produced such legendary bands as In Flames, At the Gates, Dimmu Borgir, Bring Me the Horizon, The Haunted, Soilwork, list goes on and on and on. These days he has expanded into Audio Software field with his Fredman Digital company. Go check out Fredman Digital here:. We’re extremely honoured that Fredman took time from his schedule to give us a shout!

1) What was the thing that got you into Music Production in the first place and what made you expand into Audio Software field?

It was my own musician interest that brought me there. I stole a 4 track cassette recorder called Foster X15 and did my first recordings on.
Why go for software good question, I was contacted by 2 guys with knowledge in programming and all other stuff around this matter and I had a idea for almost 10 year of bringing out a drum sample library but didn’t really know how to do it so here we go!¡¡!

2. What’s your stance on the digital vs analog battle?

Mainly good stuff is good stuff and bad stuff is bad stuff, there is benefits with both platforms, as an old desk guy I prefer the analog “hands on” but the performance tweaking you can do digital is great also for all audio automations.

3. Do you think one day software, emulation-hardware etc will surpass the real thing?

It’s getting closer every day but as everyone trying to emulate the real deal this must be the best, you can do great string arrangement in Kontakt etc. But recording the real, deal in Prague is just fantastic (and expensive). But for tour, low budget (which almost all recording is today) emulated stuff is great, why bring a Marshall wall on tour when you can use your iPhone as amp on tour (make sure to put it in flight mode so you don’t get a call from grandma during the show:o)

4. How do you see the current Music Production scene? The pros the cons, what we might be missing/what we could improve?

Think most stuff out the is great specially on the high end pop scene, the only think I seen is that way to many ”music Producers” watching music open the screen and forgot to listen, I call them ”grid hookers”

5. What’s the latest piece of gear (hardware/software) that made you go bananas?

Oooooh I stopped that game many years back, but even if it’s quite old, Steven Slates Trigger is a great trigger plugin and Advanced Audios mic’s great sound to a low price

6. If you could go back in time and fix 1 thing on an album you’ve engineered/producer, which would it be and what would you fix?

hmm, I may sound like a smug but can’t come up with anything (probably will when I go to bed, ha ha ha)

7. If you could give one piece of advice to a young starting home-studio producer, what would it be?

DON’T DO IT! ha ha ha, Always put music in first room you never get a good album without it.

8. What’s the funniest/most bizarre thing that has ever happened in the studio to you/your client?

When a bass player got two girls to do the 69 and he was 5 meters away and jerk off so he didn’t cheat on his girlfriend, when a famous singer was crying out on my shoulder
cause he didn’t want to be a rockstar, or when a 150 kg heavy drummer went bananas and smashed a whole toilet to pieces when I’m still in there and couldn’t come out?
This list could be long but I think I stop here !¡¡!

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