• using an alias, how to choose an alias, techno, alias

    Using and Choosing an Alias

    Artist aliases have a colourful history that goes back centuries. Long before techno, stage names and pen names were common in music and literature especially, with artists often wanting to separate their public personas from their private identities. Voltaire (aka François-Marie Arouet) and Bob Dylan (born Zimmerman) both......

  • How to Create a Deep Kick

    One of the most important parts of electronic music today is the quality of kicks. Back when I started making techno in the 90s, kicks had greater or lesser importance. You could use a drum machine like a 909, select a kick, and that was pretty......

  • Conversations with Clients: Kike Mayor

    In Conversations with Clients, we bring you an honest and unfiltered look at Pheek’s services, straight from the mouths of those who know — and want you to know too! For this third piece in our series, I spoke with Kike Mayor, a Peruvian techno producer based in New York.  ◊......

  • Networking and relationship-building are changing the way artists and labels connect. Our approach to contacting record labels should too.

    The Changing Dos and Don’ts of Contacting Record Labels

    It’s understandable that producers can let their eagerness get the best of them when contacting record labels. They might make one or a few tracks, and then immediately start to hunt for a label to release them. This is not the most effective strategy though, for a......

  • how to turn a loop into a full song/finished track

    How to Turn a Loop into a Full Song

    By far one of the biggest topics I’ve covered in my coaching in the last year has been how to turn loops into full songs. A lot of producers get a thrill out of making a loop. But they often get stuck there, as if a psychological block......

  • Hacking the Self-Release Option

    Self-releasing an album or EP has become a growing trend for producers who want to get their music out. It’s not hard to see why: with the proliferation of producers, finding a label to release your music has become increasingly competitive. Especially if your goal is to......

WHO IS PHEEK?

15 YEARS EXPERIENCE COACHING, CREATING & MASTERING MUSIC

My name is Jean-Patrice Rémillard, but most people know me as Pheek, my stage name for minimal techno that I have been using since 1997. I’ve been doing mastering since 2004, mainly for my own label (Archipel, 120 releases and counting) but also for many other labels. Check out my discography and, for reference, you can listen to the whole Archipel catalogue on Beatport.

I use a whole bunch of VST plugins and some hardware for my work. I’ve specialized in electronic music mastering, but I have also worked on hip hop, rock, acid jazz and pop.

I originally started out only offering a mastering service, but I soon found that I was helping my clients in a lot of other areas too.

Assistance
ARRANGEMENT & PRODUCTION

You’ve been working on a song and can’t really finish it? You’re stuck trying to make your music sound like the work of people you admire? You feel you need someone to look into what you’re doing and bring their magical touch to take it to the next level? If this sounds familiar, there’s no shame or harm in asking for help, especially from someone who will understand you and your projects. I can finish a song that is halfway done or almost finished and make it sound ready for prime time.

Learn
COACHING & MANAGEMENT

I’ve been teaching music production with Ableton for over 10 years, and I’ve mentored artists on my Archipel imprint since Day One. If you haven’t heard of my label, it has established itself as one of the flagship of Canada’s premier techno labels and, throughout the years, I’ve gathered enough contacts and experience to be very helpful in reaching your goals.

Professional
MIX DOWN & MASTERING

This is not simply a technique to make your work shine, it also involves intuition, artistic knowledge, being aware of trends and general understanding of what the artist wants. You may know what you’re doing but a second pair of ears will always pinpoint flaws and strengths. After running labels since 2002 and dealing with over 200 artists, while myself, releasing 20 albums, I’m really qualified to work with you in shaping your sound into what you want it to be.

EXAMPLES

SOME OF MY WORK

I’ve assembled a selection of some of the recent projects I have worked on. A variety of requirements and a mix of genres.

In Mastering
Sven Laux ‘Alliteration’ (Archipel)
In Mastering
Racine “Des milliers de fenêtres” LP (Archipel)
In Mastering
DK “Perspective EP” (Palavre Records)
In Mastering
Aleandro “1718 EP” (Palavre Records)
In Mastering
Agnès Cousineau “Inesita Sunrise”
In Mastering
Andrey Djackonda “Inspiratie”
In Mastering / Mixdown
Mixing for the Iron Skull Dance Company’s Show
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A-Murata – Depth EP [TEO014]

Sound Good? Want to sound better!? Great news… let’s create something amazing!