Producer gives sound industry advice


2 Mar 2017

Luke Cincotta HERO



Producer gives sound industry advice

2 Mar 2017

Luke Cincotta is fast becoming one of the most exciting and upcoming young Producer/Engineers in the city’s music scene. Based out of the highly acclaimed Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, Luke’s outstanding work has given him the opportunity to continually work alongside some of the most respected and sought-after Artists, Producers and Engineers the music industry has to offer.

Since graduating from SAE Melbourne with a Bachelor of Audio, Luke Cincotta has spent several years working his way up through the ranks of the Australian music industry, to ultimately land his current position cutting his teeth as Music Producer/Engineer at Sing Sing Studios.

Luke’s work with some of Australia’s biggest artists including; Amity Affliction, Matt Corby, Courtney Barnett, Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool, Katie Noonan, Tina Arena and Airbourne, has secured his position as one of our top SAE superstar graduates.

A defining moment for the engineer was when he met one of his favourite producers face-to-face in a masterclass while studying at SAE. This encounter set the wheels in motion and lead him to his dream role at Sing Sing. What started as a two-week studio sitting watching and learning from his mentor, turned into a three-month stint, spending every spare minute helping out where he could.  His determination and patience paid off though and Luke secured an assistant engineer’s role that would kick-start his proficient studio career.

Luke Cincotta

When asked what words of advice he would give to aspiring producers, Luke said “Work hard and never give up. Nothing comes easily and nobody owes you anything, but persistence, dedication and a good attitude can take you a long way!

What inspired you to enter the industry?

I’d been exposed to a lot of great music from a young age. My father has been an active musician for as long as I can remember. Both my parents were always playing music around the house, so I developed a love for a wide range of music quite early on. After playing in many bands throughout my teenage years, I became more aware of the cultural and social influences music could have.  I was intrigued by the idea of song writing and the way different approaches to music production could influence the listener and the direction of the song in different ways. This led me to a greater appreciation behind the production of my favourite music, and ultimately inspired me to pursue a career that allowed me to explore these ideas further.  

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?

I really enjoyed working in such a creative atmosphere with like minded people. Although everyone came from a whole range of different musical backgrounds, there was always a great sense of support and like-mindedness that only exists in environments where everyone is genuinely interested and passionate about the same thing. Having such a positive support network of both students and staff who are always willing to offer advice, critique, or just talk shop, led to some really great moments of insight and learning that can only come from that type of creative environment.

What did you love most about studying at SAE?

The ability to openly discuss techniques, ideas and concepts with lecturers who are active in the industry and have real world experience. Being able to connect with industry professionals on a regular basis and discuss ideas, ask questions, and gather inspiration from all types of people was an amazing opportunity.

Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?

Having access to the same type of equipment at SAE as I would later be using in world-class studios was a huge help in transitioning from SAE into a professional environment. The fact that I already had hands on experience with gear I wouldn’t normally have access to, meant that when I started working in professional studio environment, I was immediately familiar with the practices and equipment being used.

Also, it was through the course’s guest lecturers program that I was able to attend a lecture and meet one of my favourite Producer’s face to face - an opportunity not very common outside of SAE.  From there I was able to organise a time to go to his studio over the course of two weeks, basically to watch and learn. Two weeks turned into three months of spending every spare minute in his studio, helping out where I could and drawing on the knowledge I’d gained from SAE.  I was able to secure an assistant engineer position, which kick-started my studio career and ultimately led me to where I am now.

What are your career highlights?

Recently I had the honour of engineering Airbourne's fourth album, 'Breaking Outta Hell'. Working for two and half months alongside two of the world’s best producers, Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Slipknot) and Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tracy Chapman) was an incredible experience and something I'll never forget.

I've also recently engineered a track for US rapper A$AP Ferg, and have worked with one of my long-time personal favourite Australian bands, Karnivool. I love any chance to work with contrasting styles of music, I'm a big fan of both hip hop and alternative prog rock.

What do you enjoy most about working in your industry?

I really enjoy helping passionate musicians bring their art to life. I love just immersing myself in the art itself, and working tirelessly towards the goal until it’s perfected. Sometimes this means working 15-20 hour days, but the end-result and true satisfaction for the artist is always worth it!

Who inspires your work? 

A great number of people in both the music industry and other creative fields. Anyone who’s achieving success in the creative industry has my utmost respect. It can be a tough gig, so seeing those who stick with it and push through those inevitable hard times, well they’re the ones who inspire me!

Which artists do you love? 

It’s too hard to list just one!

Karnivool I grew up listening and jamming along to these guys and they helped develop my love for complex, progressive music

Rage Against the Machine So much energy, attitude and conviction. Never fails to get me fired up.

Tom Petty Probably my favourite songwriter of all time. Catchy riffs and melodies, edgy bluesy rock attitude, laid back country drawl. He has it all!

Dr. Dre The ability of Dre to produce at the absolute top level of his field for such a long time is amazing. He always inspires me to work harder.


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