EP 181: Nicolas Vernhes – Finding Individuality in Artists

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Nicolas Vernhes is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and mixer, internationally recognized for his work with artists such as Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors and Deerhunter.

Since 1995, Vernhes owned the beloved Brooklyn studio Rare Book Room, which spawned many critically acclaimed albums, from Silver Jews’ American Water, Deerhunter’s Microcastle, Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jam, Spoon’s Transference, Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca and The War on Drugs’ Lost In The Dream. He received a Grammy in 2018 for his work on The War On Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding.

He recently moved to the California desert near Joshua Tree, CA and has completed an upgraded mix room with a live room to follow in 2021.


  • Making space for each instrument
  • Production decisions vs. what sounds best naturally
  • Segmenting the songwriting from the production process
  • Leaning into your musical influences vs. finding your unique sound
  • The importance of headphone mixes
  • Your job as a producer
  • Creating ambiance in your recordings
  • How to shape your reverb/effect tracks
  • Automating compression controls
  • Using saturation to create cohesion
  • Avoiding option-paralysis

To learn more about Nicolas Vernhes, visit: https://www.littleundergroundmanagement.com/nicolas-vernhes

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