Featured KRK User Henri "MGI" Lanz
With musical influences that span a variety of genres (he names DJ Premier, Quincy Jones, Timbaland and Daft Punk as inspiration), Henri "MGI" Lanz seemed destined to bring a unique flavor to the music scene. The Finnish-born music producer and songwriter is also co-owner of M-Eazy Music/Perfection Shows MP&M, which he co-founded with his production/songwriting partner, Will "GoodWill" Rappaport in 2007.
The Los Angeles-based duo has produced and written for and with several top music artists around the world, including Akon, Sean Kingston, Justin Bieber, Kat De Luna, Pitbull, 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Twista, Super Junior, JR Rotem, Jim Jonsin, Darkchild, Pitbull, Inna, Wisin Y Yandel, French Montana, Twista, Jadakiss, Three Six Mafia, JR Rotem, Jim Jonsin, The Jackie Boyz, Christina Milian, Frankie Storm and Andrea Martin, as well as various TV shows.
"It's always memorable when you get to work with people you look up to, or legends who’s music you’ve been listening to forever," says Lanz. "One of the most interesting phases in my career was about year and a half ago when I was living in Sean Kingston's house in Miami working on his album and ended up cutting records with Justin Bieber as well."
Working with such talent requires Lanz to be on point each and every time. To make sure he's using the right equipment, he makes sure he has a pair of KRK VXT's in every studio he works in.
"Right now I've been using the KRK VXT6 and VXT8 monitors," he says. "They're just reliable; I know exactly how my tracks and mixes are going to turn out. The sound is sharp enough for me, and I like the low end as well."
KRK's VXT6 and VXT8s are part of the KRK VXT Series of studio monitors, designed for accurate yet portable reference monitoring for a variety of applications. The VXTs unique enclosure allows for low resonance, improved structural integrity and extended low-end. In addition, the monitors' slotted ports were designed for reduced port turbulence. The VXT8s and VXT6s allow for mixing at both loud and quiet levels, giving Lanz the precision he needs when working with such high-profile clients.
"I chose to work on the KRK monitors simply after hearing them in my friend's studio in Stockholm," says Lanz. "I was very impressed by the quality and the overall sound. They're definitely a valuable part of my workflow at the moment – I don't have to spend time guessing if the mixes or sounds will turn out right."
Lanz has also been working with KRK's KNS 8400 headphones. "I use the headphones in daily recordings in different studios," he says. "I also use them when I'm traveling a lot. I trust how they sound and the artists I'm working with seem to like them too!"
In addition to working with the right equipment, Lanz also suggests up-and-coming producers and musicians focus on their craft. "Keep working hard and STUDY the music," he says. "Be smart about how you spend your time".