What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's your background/experience? Which artist do you listen to right now? What is your inspiration?
Analog or digital and why?
Both, because both have their strengths and weaknesses. I like analog for its big sound, intuition, character and dynamics. I like digital for its flexibility, total recall, ease of archival and reliability.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise you'll hear your music in a way you haven't heard it before.
What do you like most about your job?
When I can feel the music and get goosebumps.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
If it sounds good on KRKs, it doesn't necessarily sound good.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My MacBook, Motu, JBL and a pair of nearfields.
How would you describe your style?
Sharp, balanced, big.
Can you share one music production tip?
To me, one of the most underestimated thing in recording is mixing the headphone return of an artist. I usually try to use as little as possible processing so I can get the artist to get what he wants the way he wants in a natural way, without processing and then look for processing to augment the recorded performance once I've got everything I want to record.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip Hop, indie, folk, pop, electronic
What do you bring to a song?
I bring life and interest.
What's your typical work process?
I usually check the gain to see if every track peaks around -12 DBFS. Then I listen to tracks one by one and process them, usually with gates, comps, EQs, stereo width processing and/or modulation. After that I send tracks to busses by instrument or section and add reverb
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use 3 way JBL LSR32 speakers with a Hafler P7000 amplifier, connected to my DDA Q2 and Motu 16A.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Spike Stent, Dave Rat, Michael Brauer, Jack Joseph Puig, Denis Savage