Harry Aponte is the winner of a “mix-off ” contest held by engineer Ken Lewis and Indaba, in which contestants mixed the stems of G-Note Records/G-Unit Records artist Lea’s single “November Skies,” written and produced by Lewis and Brent Kolatalo.
How long have you been mixing and producing?
Since 1999, when I graduated from Eastman School of Music with a Masters in Piano Performance; during that time, I worked as a studio musician, where I became interested in the recording arts.
How did you learn your craft?
Even though my studies are as a concert pianist (I still do 50 percent of my work as a performing musician), I’ve always played drums, guitar, and bass. I watched the engineers at various studios as they recorded me, and I asked them tons of questions. A short time after that, I purchased my first computer with a soundcard, a few microphones, and started to experiment. I fiercely studied the recordings that I admired. I still do the same thing every time I work on a project.
Tell us about a few of your projects.
I have a few solo piano albums and have also collaborated with other artists in the Latin pop industry, but I mostly produce other artists in the Latin world, ranging from classical to salsa, reggaeton, pop rock, and hip-hop. Artists I’ve worked with include Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Daddy Yankee, and Noel Schajris “Sin Banderas.”
To hear Aponte’s winning mix, visit indabamusic.com/opportunities/ken-lewis-mixing-contest.