What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q. How long will my mix take?
A. It depends, but in most cases I can have a mix ready in a day or two
Q. How much do you charge?
A. I usually charge $400 per song, but price is negotiable with multiple tracks
Q. Is Dave Pensado a nice guy?
A. Dave is one of the nicest and most humble people that I have had the privilege of meeting and learning
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career path started out as a mixing engineer, and then morphed into music production and original songs. I have been doing this for 5 years professionally.
What's your strongest skill?
Music Production, Original Music, and Mixing.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I would recommend Luke Libby out of Nashville, TN. I have known Luke for many years and went to school with him. He is a very talented Musician, Mixer, and Producer.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I recently remixed a song from a band called Astyplaz out of Greece. The song is called "Lost In The City." It is a really great song. When I remixed it I had a vision of the 80's and remixed it with that theme. It has big drums, lots of reverb, and a great 80's vibe.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I am working on a couple of remixes for clients.
Analog or digital and why?
Both are good. Analog is good because it's what I grew up on and I like the sonic qualities that analog provides. Digital is good because it is easy to work with and instead of spending thousands on analog gear, you can spend a fraction of that on digital plugins.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My promise to you is that I will do everything in my power to make sure that your mix and remix is done to your standards
What do you like most about your job?
What I like most about my job is that I get to do something that I love.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception about what I do is that mixing is easy and not time consuming. While it's true some mixes don't take too long, others can take a long time.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1. What is your vision for this song or songs
2. What don't you want your song to sound like
3. Who are your influences for this song
4. What is the story behind the song
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Check out multiple providers. Try and find someone who fits your style.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Jupiter 8, Fairchild Compressor, SSL 4000 mixing desk, Bowers and Wilkins speakers, Neve 1073
How would you describe your style?
My mixing style is influenced by Dave Pensado which includes putting the emotion in a mix and really knowing what the artist wants out of their song.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with Vince Clarke because he is one of my musical idols. His influence on electronic music is insurmountable.
Can you share one music production tip?
Think outside of the box
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on all types of music, but work mostly on EDM, House, Trance, and Hip Hop.
What do you bring to a song?
My mentor and teacher Dave Pensado taught me that there is more to a mix than just making the song sound good. I was taught to bring emotion into the song and find out what the artists vision of the song is. I bring out the emotion in songs.
What's your typical work process?
When I produce a song I like to meet with the artist and find out their vision for their song. If they all ready have a song made, I like to go through the arrangement and see how it flows. If they don't have a song made, then I will help them build a song based on what their vision is.
When I mix a song I listen to the original track or rough mix first. From there I build the song around the vocals, bass, and drums. I then add in other instruments. After that is complete, I start the mixing process. I put effects in where needed. From there I go over the mix with the client and see what if anything needs to be fixed.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a professional commercial studio located in Nashville, TN. I have a 2015 Mac Pro, Apollo Twin Duo, Bowers and Wilkins 683 S2, Yamaha NS-8 (1979) JBL 4311 WX-A (1970's). I use Waves and UAD plugins.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
There are many musicians that inspire me. The top five are: David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Vince Clarke, Giorgio Moroder, and Deadmau5.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work I do for clients is Music Production, Original Songs, and Mixing