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Life & Work with Georgios Melimopoulos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Georgios Melimopoulos.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Growing up in Mexico City, my family played a big role in cultivating my love for music. My mother loved dancing to “La vida es un Carnaval” by Celia Cruz while my father rocked out to AC/DC on his guitar. My sister also introduced me to artists like Madonna, Backstreet Boys, and popular Mexican artists like Julieta Venegas.

The first artist I fell in love with that I discovered for myself was Daft Punk. When a friend showed me “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”, I was absolutely mesmerized by its sounds and textures, which were radically different from the live, acoustic-oriented music I had previously listened to. From then on, I started immersing myself into more electronic music and began DJing parties and school events.

Music has always been my biggest passion. My father found a Music Production and Engineering program at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education that he thought I’d be interested in. After enrolling in the program, my life changed forever.

During my audio engineering studies, I spent countless hours in the school’s studios recording sessions with my friends. Through my studio sessions, I met my mentor, Joel Numa. He’s a multi-platinum and multi-Grammy award-winning engineer, mixer, and producer, so I took every opportunity I could to show him my work and ask for his advice. I was fortunate to later work alongside him and continue to work with him at his studio today.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The pandemic hit the music industry pretty hard in the initial phases. Fortunately, Joel and I kept working during that time, so I was able to continue mastering my engineering and mixing skills and got to work with some great artists, such as Monsieur Periné. Two of the songs we worked on together, Nada and Tu y Yo, reached the top 100 on the iTunes Charts. Both songs have amassed millions of streams across platforms.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am the lead in-house audio engineer at a studio called The Lab. My responsibilities include recording, editing, mixing, and mastering audio projects like music records, podcasts, and audiobooks. I am also in charge of maintaining the studio equipment. Some audio engineers specialize in just one area, but I love working in every aspect of the process.

One of the highlights of my career so far has been recording live performances for late-night talk shows. I helped record performances by Conan Gray and The Score & AWOLNATION for The Late Late Show with James Corden; a particularly unique project I recorded was a live performance of Aminé inside a hot air balloon for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

My diverse musical background has given me a strong sense of how things should sound. Even when working on the technical aspects of a song, it’s paramount to understand what emotions are being communicated in the music. Every audio decision that I make must elevate that emotion.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Every good audio engineer is well versed in the technical aspects of the process. What separates the good from the great—and what I strive for as an engineer—is understanding the human element.

I believe that half of the game is mental, from keeping calm in high-pressure situations while troubleshooting to reading the room to effectively communicate with clients. Creating art can be a very intimate and vulnerable process, so I do everything I can to ensure that the artist is as comfortable as possible during the recording process. Additionally, having a strong musical sensibility and sense of concept allows me to shape the sound with the correct tools to help bring the artist’s vision to life.

Knowing the technical aspect is what gets you through the door—knowing the human aspect is what keeps you busy in this business.

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All of the photos except the one where I have a red shirt were taken by Ryan Song.

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