Johan Vegna: In his own words

About 4-5 years ago I started a small record label together with my wife Sarah after working with live sound for 15 years. I recorded and produced a couple of tracks with a Swedish band called Bourbonstate. That led into other people asking me to produce their stuff. So I did and it kinda just snowballed from there. I spent more and more time in the studio and really fell in love with producing and mixing.

About a year ago I rebuilt my studio to sound better and fit my workflow better. Now it’s all “in the box” mixing for me and I love it. It makes it very easy to work with many projects simultaneously and that suits my scattered mind perfectly.

Johan-Vegna-Studio

With the new studio, and after spending all my money on Steven Slate plugins, I found my mixes improved a lot. And I guess other people thought so to because mix jobs started to come in on regular basis. And again things started
to snowball. Last couple of months has been crazy. I’ve done mixes for bands and artists from all over the world, in a lot of different genres. To really bring the most out of every song I have two secret weapons that I never talk about. But for the Clowdy readers I will reveal them. The first is my wife. If I don’t get the over all feeling of the song right she shows no mercy and I have to redo the mix. My second weapon is my mastering guy, Johan Åberg. He really makes me look good with his polish on my mixes.

I’m relatively new to Clowdy. But just within a couple of days I’ve been contacted with some people and started conversations about projects. There are some pretty cool artists here.

Since I do this for living I am not looking to join any band, but to help bands and artists get the most out of their music. I love to work with people who really put their heart and soul into their work. That keeps me on my toes and makes me go the extra mile. I find that it’s when you work with people that are better than you are, that you evolve and make stuff you never thought you could. The downside is that I sometimes find myself spending just a ridiculously amount of time with things that brings me like 10 bucks. But that’s just the way it is. Sadly the grocery store does not let me pay with “a sick beat” or a great guitar sound… yet!

I’m hoping to find more artists to work with. Most artists and bands write great songs and are able to record them to a decent standard. I hope I can bring something to the table with my mixes. Now-a-days it’s just so fast and easy to send files for mixing. So the fact that I’m in a small town in Sweden don’t stop me from working with artists from India, USA, and Norway on the same day, which has happened.

To find out more about Joe, check him out on Clowdy and Twitter and visit his website.
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Joe Scarffe

Joe Scarffe

Joe is the Community and Marketing Manager and is currently finishing up a PhD in music at Birmingham Conservatoire and still hasn’t got over his addiction to coffee. He loves getting involved in crazy music projects and plays the bassoon, oboe, piano, recorder and guitar. He also makes lots of electronic music and loves collaborating. He sings too if you ask nicely and once shamefully sang as a backing singer for Will Young. When he’s not moaning about the state of the music industry or public transport in Manchester, he works with the Twine community and handles social media, the blog and partnerships with companies and institutions.
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Joe Scarffe

Joe Scarffe

Joe is the Community and Marketing Manager and is currently finishing up a PhD in music at Birmingham Conservatoire and still hasn’t got over his addiction to coffee.

He loves getting involved in crazy music projects and plays the bassoon, oboe, piano, recorder and guitar. He also makes lots of electronic music and loves collaborating. He sings too if you ask nicely and once shamefully sang as a backing singer for Will Young.

When he’s not moaning about the state of the music industry or public transport in Manchester, he works with the Twine community and handles social media, the blog and partnerships with companies and institutions.