I recently finished watching the Production Advice Hangout where Warren talks about how he uses "Hey Soul Sister" to reference vocals and I thought it would be interesting to see and hear what songs do you guys use for reference when mixing.
Hi there, sometimes I use a reference track and it will usually be the rough mix that I was sent by the client. I want hear what the song is about and what drives it too. Then I can work on the brief if I am given one although I am usually trusted to do my own thing. If I am going for something in particular then I will reference a song from the same genre, so for instance if it was a Thrash Metal tune then I would use old Metallica or Anthrax.
Almost anything by Andy Wallace for big rock guitars. Probably Chevelle though, and probably something off "wonder what's next".
If it's something ultra-modern and poppy, most likely something by Serban Ghenea, probably the last Taylor Swift record.
One thing you have to keep in mind when referencing is that you're not referencing SONGS, you're referencing levels and tones. So while I am not a particularly huge fan of Taylor Swift, the production on her last record was superb.