30 / Melbourne, Australia
Aden Senycia is a music producer and has been in the music industry for 12 years. He also plays in an electronic duo, "Flower Drums" and plays bass in a band called "Tender Buttons".
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When did you realise you had a passion for music?
I played clarinet as a kid but didn’t really enjoy the strict classical teachings so I started to branch into other sides of music.
Coincidentally at age 15 I had a friend who needed to pay rent and he happened to have acquired some recording equipment off the back of a truck.
I purchased this equipment from him for next to nothing and spent the next few years working out how to plug it all into each other.
Where did you learn your skills for playing an instrument?
A combination of teaching myself and picking up things from those around me.
How many instruments do you play?
I mainly play guitar and bass guitar but have also played keys, drums and backing vocals at different points in past recording sessions.
What do you play?
I play guitar live but recording duties of all instruments are split between myself and Leigh.
And who else is involved?
Leigh Craft. Past members have included Rhian Todhunter and Sam Perejuan
Where did you meet these people?
I used to live in a studio in Ferntree Gully with my partner at the time and I had bought some new microphones I wanted to test out. So, my partner put a callout on Facebook for musicians who wanted a song recorded and Leigh responded to her. Leigh and I ended up having a lot of chemistry musically and pretty much from that point on were sending song ideas back and fourth.
Your other band Tander Buttons, whats the genre?
Tender Buttons is a dream-pop 4 piece.
What do you play?
I play bass guitar.
And who else is involved?
Rachel Sztanski, Jessicca Bennett and Andrew Kluchareff
What do you love about playing in this band?
I love that I get to play music with my friends all the time! I actually met this band through the studio I predominantly work out of, Love Shack Studios. Jessicca Bennett runs the studio and we record all the Tender Buttons music there as well as mix it there.
Do you notice a difference in audience’s between the bands?
There is a huge difference in audiences yes.
"I’m not sure creation of art and comfort can co-exist for all that long."
What is the best part about being in a band?
I feel like this always changes for me so here are a list of good things, some of which become the top of the list periodically before making way for another.
- Non-verbal connection with people, bandmates, audiences
- An understanding of being a performer/artist, which helps with production of other artists
- The unique places it takes you to
- A space to express myself
Have you had to push yourself out of your comfort zone at any point?
I feel like I am consistently outside of my comfort zone, I’m not sure creation of art and comfort can co-exist for all that long.
How do you know when to stop and not over do it?
This usually happens when I keep trying things to make it sound better but none of the things I try make it sound better, just different.
How did you learn these skills?
I feel like I have had some amazing people to learn from, picking up small things along the way. Learning how to record guitars with Charles Fisher and Matt Voigt was a fundamental experience for me. I consider Dave Parkin a mentor, someone who is always up for a discussion all things audio.
My current situation at Love Shack Studios with Jessicca Bennett is the most special, we do a lot of co-mixing and help each other out to achieve the best results.
Does it get difficult working with different clients when producing/mixing/mastering?
It is sometimes difficult switching headspace from one genre to another. I was working on a pop track yesterday and an avant-garde track the day before, it took me a few hours to switch mentality.
What was it?
As a producer, I work with so many different people and as an introvert with bipolar, this can be the biggest challenge for me. I think I have just about work with every type of personality and on a weekly basis I can sometimes be working on 3-4 projects at once. The jump in musical style and client personality can be a challenging situation for me but I also kind of love it.
Do you feel you’ve grown because of this experience?
Yes, I’m always growing. I’m always trying to improve communication with the people around me.
When did you start producing/mixing/mastering?
I started recording and mixing music around 2010 and a few years after that I got my first mastering job. In 2012 I was working with friends bands like 8 Bit Love, Dianas and Flower Drums. I also had the opportunity to record comedian Sam J’s ‘Skinny Man, Modern World’ live at a number of his shows.
I’ve been in a steady flow since then, working on records by Nick Allbrook, Peter Bibby, Rabbit Island, Dianas, Body Type and Pikelet. All artists that I really respect, it has been a lot of fun. I feel very lucky.
How do you start your producing process?
Every project is totally different! But I suppose most of the time it starts with
multiple conversations with the artist, I want to try and understand them
artistically and also personally so I can create an environment that they can create best within.
From a mixing perspective I try and enter every mix session without premeditated thoughts of what I will do with a song. I try and make myself as emotionally sensitive and open to increase my chance of stumbling across the technique that emotionally works for the song.
Whats the best advice you can give someone who is getting into mastering?
Probably to learn to record and mix music first and to be careful with your
hearing. Also to listen to a lot of music in all genres to understand them
How do you juggle everything?
I try to keep open communication with clients and manage expectations as to minimise stress. I try and set boundaries as best I can, artists music is the most important thing to them and so a lot of pressure can be placed on a producer during the process, when working with multiple artists at once this can build up. On top of this I make sure to exercise and meditate a lot in between sessions to help maintain objectivity.
Do you have any future music goals for 2020?
In 2020 a lot of the records I have been working on this year will be coming out which is exciting. Artists I am currently working with include Nils Cussack, Rabbit Island + Nick Allbrook, Oceans, Liam Smith and Walt. Tender Buttons are writing more songs at the moment and hope to release some new material next year. I am also working on solo material which I’m excited about but that often gets pushed to side while I work on all the other things.