producer l mixer I engineer
History & Credits: A lot of mix
engineers work at developing their own unique sound and thats
cool, but I choose to act as a chameleon of sorts by bringing the
collective ideas of the producer, label, and artist to life for
each individual project... hopefully the finished product results
in a mix that best represents their vision," says Manny Marroquin.
vision he does. A highly developed technical savvy combined with
immense creative ability have made Manny Marroquin one of the most
in demand mixing engineers in the industry; working with such internationally
renowned artists as Bruno Mars, The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys,
Christina Aguilera, Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, and countless others.
Born in Guatemala,
Manny moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was nine. His
gift for music became obvious at an early age; beginning with his
first drum set at age 11 and accelerating through his teenage years
while enrolled in the prestigious Hamilton High School for the arts.
While enrolled at Hamilton High School, Manny's love of drums was
replaced by his passion for the studio:
a MIDI studio and I became really interested in electronic music.
By 11th grade I was pretty much in charge of the studio and knew
that after graduation I wanted to be in a studio and mix. I didn't
really know what a mixer did, but I knew that I wanted to do it.
A teacher advised
Manny to get a job as a runner in a studio (which consisted of making
coffee and taking out the trash) if he was serious about following
his dream, but since several colleges had already offered him scholarships,
his mother almost went into shock: My mom was definitely not
happy about my decision, initially, he laughs.
ranks was no easy feat. Mannys first live studio gig was as
a runner for Enterprise studios, I made it my mission to get
out of the runner business as soon as possible.
he was promoted to staff assistant. His professional breakthrough
came unexpectedly during a late night session when a producer asked
him to do a rough mix because the engineer had gone home: Once
I was done, he immediately called his partner and told him I would
be mixing the entire album.
As happens sometimes
in the biz, the album was never released, but Manny had already
begun honing his skills and making a name for himself. When asked
if there was one specific project that got him started, Manny explains;
I cant really say there was ever one particular project
that set me up. I met different producers, and one thing led to
another. My career has definitely been a steady progression, and
I feel blessed to do what I love and still have fun. I treat every
mix as if it is my last and never take anything for granted.
humble approach and creative technique have positioned him among
the elite in the industry.
talent is unique, having graced nearly 250 million albums worldwide.
His ear for sound has helped earn him over forty #1 albums and one
hundred Top 10 albums on The Billboard 200. Add to that another
twelve Hot 100 #1 singles and over forty singles in the Top 10;
the range of his talent is extraordinary and his work reaches far
beyond one genre. He received his first Grammy award in 2005 and
since then has earned another eight, including Best Engineered Album
for John Mayer's Battle Studies in 2011. Hes firmly
secured his role as one of the most in demand mixing engineers in
the industry today. Clearly this is just the beginning and by the
looks of things, hes not done yet!
resides in Los Angeles, California.
Join Manny Marroquin
with Grammy-winning producers at NAMM TecTracks 2017
Saturday January 21, 3pm
Anaheim Convention Center, 2nd Floor
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