Watching Chris Lord-Alge mix is is like watching a virtuoso pianist.
As you can see in the video above, he’s the master of Big Moves – swinging himself from side to side across a massive console; “conducting” the mix; playing air-guitar in all the solos and miming every drum fill.
But like an extravagant pianist, the truth is none of this has an influence on the sound whatsoever. It doesn’t matter what beautiful shapes a pianist makes in the air after playing a note, and it doesn’t matter how much of a flourish “CLA” makes when he hits the automation punch-in – the song will sound the same.
Or will it ? Actually, I don’t think that’s true. I’ll explain why in a minute.