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BREAKING WAVES

Stereophonics drummer, solo artiste, audio engineer… it’s fair to say Javier Weyler has packed a lot into his 43 years. We speak to Javier about his recording ethos and his recent work on the epic documentary, Antarctica: A Message From Another Planet

Javier Weyler interview

Getting your room sounding right, and appropriately mic’ing up your instruments – particularly the drums – is something that we frequently stress here at MusicTech, but we were taken aback by the levels of detail that Javier Weyler and the Breaking Waves Agency went to when recording the percussion-heavy music for the new documentary Antarctica: A Message From Another Planet. Using a raft of high-quality microphones, Javier and his crew sought to create some of the most interesting, rhythmic music ever heard, while also taking a holistic view of the sound design of the film as a whole.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Javier’s route to establishing the sound design agency came after eight years as the drummer for one of the UK’s most prominent bands, the Stereophonics. But Javier’s passion for music began at a very young age: “I started playing when I was 13,” Javier tells us. “My dad played music in Argentina during the 60s and so I learned drums fairly early: I was hooked. When I was 15 years old I was playing professionally with a band [Claroscuro]. This was the early 90s and I was with them for like 11 years and we did a few records. I was studying media and film as well during that time. I started learning more about production too and I moved to London to really study sound engineering and production in more detail. I went to SAE and as soon as I finished there I started working in a post-production house. I also worked in a studio called BJG which, unfortunately, does not exist anymore.”

YOU GOTTA GO THERE TO COME BACK

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In response to the ever-growing world of sound design, we highlight many of the best tools of the trade to equip you to experiment yourself, step-by-step guides to various processes, plus interviews with those whose careers have been built in the world of professional sound design. Elsewhere, we speak to former Stereophonics drummer Javier Weyler, whose company Breaking Waves facilitate the sonic needs of filmmakers in innovative, creative ways. We also talk to mix engineer Giles Barrett about his boat-based studio and head inside Nottingham's newly-opened Mount Street Studios. Along with our usual range of in-depth reviews we see our tutorial section expand once more as we welcome a brand new Reason series. We hope you enjoy the issue!