Did you know that BIMM Berlin’s Music Production classes take place at the internationally renowned TRIXX Studios? The facility is fully equipped with an amazing collection of both state-of-the-art and vintage equipment, which our very lucky Music Production students get to experience as part of their studies! This provides them with regular opportunities to get creative in a real studio environment, giving them access to a unique first-hand learning experience which will stand them in good stead for their future music industry careers.
Fabio Buemi, the Sound Engineer at TRIXX, along with BIMM Berlin’s Production Tutor Pete Smith, work with BIMM students during their production classes. We asked Fabio about his career as a Sound Engineer, his proudest moments in music and what he loves most about working with the students from BIMM Berlin.
So, let’s hear from Fabio!
How did you get started as a Sound Engineer?
I started playing guitar in a Ramones cover band when I was 14 in my hometown. Then I moved to Berlin in 2005, joined a band and was constantly on tour all over Europe for about five years. I always knew I wanted to work with music, and I wanted to learn how to create the sound of my favourite records. I started at TRIXX studios through the work experience route. I knew that if I wanted to learn more about recording, I needed to get an internship in a studio… and so I did. After about a year of interning and tea making, I started engineering my first sessions… and it was the start of an incredible career!
What’s been your proudest moment at TRIXX Studios?
Since I’m a fan of their bands, I’d say working with J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. and with Robb Flynn from Machine Head.
What’s your favourite piece of equipment at TRIXX?
It’s hard to say, since the studio is full of great equipment, but I think I’m in love with the Fender Bassman 1962. It’s the sweetest sounding guitar amp I’ve ever heard.
What do you like most about working with BIMM Berlin students in the studio?
Most of them are very creative people and very good musicians. I like to see how they develop their skills over the course of the year. Some of them, when they start, don’t even know what a microphone is. You get to see them throughout the year, recording their own songs and finding their way around the recording studio.
The class Pete Smith and I have in the studio is always fun. It doesn’t feel like you’re at school and this is probably the best part about it – it’s 100% ‘learning by doing’ in a real recording studio, with real recording equipment, and a real studio atmosphere.
You worked on the 2017 BIMM Berlin Album. What was the atmosphere like in the studio?
It was a very relaxed atmosphere. This is because the students have spent the year preparing and they come into the studio very professional, so there’s no wasting of time. Also, I have to say that the relationship Pete Smith and I have developed made everything go smoothly. We’ve been working together for about three years now, so we know exactly what we want and don´t need to explain anything to each other. It makes everything run much faster, as there’s no second guessing. TRIXX Studios has all the options you need to be creative, and all the equipment works very well, so we can concentrate on being creative instead of wasting time with technicalities. It´s like driving a car – if you know how to drive your car, you can drive it without thinking.