We had the good fortune of connecting with Jerome Renard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jerome, how do you think about risk?
I personally take risk as a way to go further in my life, my career. This is something that takes a huge part of my life -I bet a few times on moving across the world to live in other places, experience lives there and work with people from different cultures.
Music being an international thing, if you’re willing to take some risks, it can brings you to an unbelievable place.
Coming from Belgium -I took any chance I had to push my career further -which brought me to work in Paris, London and make me moves and. as far as now, settle in Los Angeles.
There were definitely risks -especially moving to the USA -which was so far the biggest risk I took -but each of those push my career forward but also myself and how I interact with life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a mixing engineer – As someone who has lived, experienced and engineered pop music internationally, I bring a multicultural perspective to each project. I think this is one of the reasons that set me apart. I have a long background story where I had opportunities to work in multiples cities, not only in my own country -Belgium, but also in France, where I spent some time working in some Parisian’s Studio -or even the time I spent in London.
Each day and step in my career where learning opportunities, and I think that’s something important -to keep learning every day and surpassing yourself each time. This actually make a big differences in pursuing a career in the music industry.
Each new song I work on, behind the technical, there is all the creative part, the understanding of the artist vision and emotions -every song deserve to have and engineer who understand the deepest needs and connections the artist has with their music
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles has a lot of great spot -that’d be pretty hard pick -but I would probably go to some iconic spot such as The Last Bookstore, Grand Central Market, The Walt Disney Concert Hall and Little Tokyo -just to cover some spot of DTLA. Going down to the beach side, the walk from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach is a pretty nice one -ending it by stopping in Venice Canals. Before heading for dinner to Bulgarini Gelato, in Altadena, we would probably stop by a spot in the hills to see the sunset and a view of the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When taking risks, one thing that always helped me was the amazing people I met. From my mentors, friends, parents, collaborators to all the great artists and producers I work with, there are way too many to only tell you some. I know that if they read this, they will recognize themself and know the importance they played in the pursuit of my passion and career. I am thankful to all of them!
Geneviève Van Borsel