Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My most proud project was writing, producing, engineering, recording as guitarist and vocalist, mixing, mastering, and touring to promote "Sweet Demise" by Aviary.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I'm working on recording my own album as a collaboration with friends I have played with. It's gonna be a really fun project and I am extremely excited to finish it.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I am completely new to SoundBetter and haven't had the opportunity to work with anyone yet.
Analog or digital and why?
I have only had the opportunity to work with digital, however, analog best suits my style. I use Pro Tools as I would a tape machine, and I bought the Raven so I could "touch" the console and the plugins. If money were no option, I would work exclusively analog.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My promise to my clients is that I will create a product they are happy with and I will do everything possible to ensure this.
What do you like most about your job?
My favorite part about the job is helping other people share their music.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
The most common question I get is why I am so opposed to auto tune and time alignment and tools of the like. I tell them that all of my favorite records were created before these tools existed and I don't see why we need them now. Artists before had to practice non-stop to make those recordings so great and I don't think technology should be a substitute for hard work.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception about what I do is clients not realizing how much work goes on when they are not around. A lot of people think that engineers only work when the client is there and don't know about the preparation it takes to set a session up.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I want to know what clients expect. What type of sound they are looking for, what they want me to do as a part of their music. I want to know that they are comfortable with working with an old-school type engineer and that they are up to the challenge of creating great performances with no from technology.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
My advice, find someone who has the same mindset as you.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
If I were on a desert island and could only take 5 pieces of gear, I would take my J45, two microphones, a 24 track recorder, and a pair of headphones. With this small setup I could create songs and recordings that I would be proud of.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started recording on a Zoom H4n. It was four channel recorder and I had no idea what I was doing but I knew I wanted to write songs and record them. I've worked my way up from that to dedicating a room in my home, acoustically treating it and now opening up my studio for business. I spent some time in a local studio watching the engineer but I have no formal education in creating music. It's all been self taught and I feel that I have accomplish a great deal.
How would you describe your style?
I like to work very fast. I don't like to spend forever getting one instrument to sound phenomenal by itself. I want the mix to sound phenomenal so I spend more time working on the big picture than individual pieces. I like to have a plan for everything before I ever hit record and I want to know what the song will sound like before I ever hit record.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
If I could work with any artist in the world, I would like to go back in time and be involved in recording Foghat's Slow Ride. The song is one of my favorites and in my eyes, the true sound of rock and roll. The recording is raw and is gritty and when the song comes on it is impossible not to nod your head and sing along.
Can you share one music production tip?
One tip for music production, practice. Practice your craft and work the way you like working, don't follow anyone else's rules.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work almost exclusively with rock.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is my mixing ability. My mixes sound real, no over the top effects, nothing over processed, just a little help to make everything sit together.
What do you bring to a song?
My strongest point I bring to a song is using a traditional mindset. I make records the way they were supposed to be made, with raw and real talent. I like to help the artists that have a lesser chance because their type of music h as largely gone by the wayside.
What's your typical work process?
I like to start off songs with a live guitar and vocal to set up a guide. After that I lay down drums to the guide, then guitars and bass and finish up with vocals and and kind of lead overdubs. I limit myself to 24 tracks when tracking, just as if using tape.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My set up is very simple. I use a PreSonus Studio 192 into a MacBook Pro running Pro Tools 12. I have a Slate Raven MTI2 as a control surface and I mix also exclusively with Slate Digital Plugins. Though my control room is small it is treated well. I also have another room I use to track drums as well as guitar amps.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Some of my favorite musicians are Avenged Sevenfold, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Aaron Lewis, Dorje, The Eagles, and Blackberry Smoke.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most of my work has consisted of tracking and mixing for local bands.