Kids in '99'
Death Cab For Cutie
Welcome to Tarquin Studios for a series on tracking, production, and mixing with Peter Katis! In this instalment, the renowned producer focuses on the alternative rock single 'Kids in '99' by Death Cab for Cutie. Katis plays the original demo, describes how he approached the project, and recounts the journey taken to the final mix. He explains why he suggested song arrangement changes, used particular microphones and preamps, and made other choices to help realise the vision of the record. Aside from sharing his tracking methods, Peter elaborates on his enviable mixing setup that harnesses the best of analog and digital capabilities. He imparts his hybrid workflow that incorporates 'ITB' processing, analog summing, outboard mix treatment, tape layback, and a final Pro Tools mix chain. He also discusses important psychological aspects of his profession – countering resistance from artists, maintaining fresh perspective, and more!
About Peter Katis
Peter Katis is well known for his engineering, mixing, and producing alternative and indie rock acts, such as The National, Interpol, Frightened Rabbit, Jónsi Birgisson (of Sigur Rós), Local Natives, Augustines, The Head and the Heart, Trey Anastasio, The Swell Season, Mercury Rev, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Shearwater, Mates Of State, Tokyo Police Club, The Kissaway Trail and many more. Katis’ credits page at Allmusic.com listed more than 360 entries over a 20-year long career,...