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How I Got That Sound: Michael Brauer

Elle King ‘EX’s & OH’s’ By Joe Matera
Published October 2023

How I Got That Sound

American mix master Michael Brauer began his career at Mediasound Studios in New York City in 1976. From there, he went on to mix chart‑topping albums for artists ranging from Coldplay, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and KT Tunstall to Bob Dylan, Angélique Kidjo, John Mayer and the Rolling Stones to name but a few. He has developed his own sonic approach, which he calls ‘Brauerising’. Since 2018, he has operated from his own, New York City‑based BrauerSound Studios. Asked to pick a favourite sound to dissect, Brauer chooses the vocal sound on Elle King’s ‘EX’s & OH’s’.

Michael Brauer: I wanted the listener to imagine her snarling when she sang that song.

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