MixWithTheMasters Tony Hoffer Producing ‘Naive’ by The Kooks Inside The Track #82Learn how the Grammy-nominated engineer produced and recorded the band’s breakthrough single.
Tony revisits the Pro Tools session, featuring recordings made at Konk and Strongroom in London. He discusses how he and the band collaborated to define their signature sound, placing particular emphasis on pre-production, performance coaching and session planning.
Tony Hoffer kicks off this five-part series by retracing his steps through the industry. The multi-Grammy-nominated engineer describes how he worked his way up the ranks and built long-lasting relationships with a plethora of world-class artists including Beck, Air, Phoenix, M83 and many more. Tony then plays back the original recordings that he made with British indie pop band, The Kooks, sharing outtakes from their early studio sessions at Konk and Strongroom. He discusses how he and the band collaborated to define their signature sound, placing particular emphasis on pre-production, performance coaching and session planning. You will learn all of his technical strategies for gear selection, bleed reduction, tempo cues, comping on tape and digital post-production.
Early inspirations, professional journey, networking, A&R relationships
Meeting the band, pre-production, song structure, tracking approach, studio setup
Rhythm section, guitar overdubs, amp selection, performance coaching
Lead guitar, click tracks, comping techniques, vocal tracking, harmonies
Additional rhythm tracks, finalizing arrangement, following instincts