What are you working on at the moment?
My own personal EP, a weekly Jazz Jam Session that I record and mix/master, some Amadeus Awad stuff and a demo record by a jazz/soul quintet!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Both. I adore analog and have just recently done 2 albums fully analog, old school mics and stuff, but digital is great if you're working on a low budget. They both sound great and are appealing to different types of people.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I'll make it sound as close to what they want as possible (probably even better).
What do you like most about your job?
Being creative and also working on music I actually enjoy. Win-Win
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q. "Is it hard to do?" A. Nop. Q. "How long will it take? A month?" A. Probably under a week. Q. "How much is it?" A. Depends!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Mostly that I don't know anything about music. That I'm a mere technician. That I place mics at random!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What/who do you want the song/record to sound like? Do you want me to recommend musicians? What's your budget?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
What exactly do you want? It's very important to know that! What do you want the song/record to sound like (specific references), what's your budget, do you know musicians? Get a feel for the market. Find the best way to promote your music online, do a blog, a vlog channel. This sorta stuff creates buzz.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Well, my amazing genelec 8010s, my very fast computer, an interface, an amp+guitar and a couple of mics.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out as a fine arts student on my way to architecture, but then I decided to drop out and move to london where I met a lot of musicians. After I came back, I started studying to get in this amazing production and engineering degree. 4 years later I have a degree and a loooooot of experience working with musicians from all over and all genres. Still learning, still in love with this industry.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My own EP, which should be out in a couple of months. I'm really proud to have been able to gather so many amazing people to play in the songs I wrote. It was a labor of love, and it shows. I wrote all the songs, sang in most, played almost all the rhythm guitars and some other instruments, produced and mixed the entire thing.
How would you describe your style?
I really like to hear the drums in a mix. I love clarity and ineligibility and I adore it when the band sounds as one in a mix.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Can you share one music production tip?
Make your music appealing to an audience.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly Jazz, lots of classical stuff, a lot of metal and rock as well.
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing. I've studied it in college and have been perfecting it for years.
What do you bring to a song?
As a producer I'm very strict in the sense that I'm being paid to tell you what works and what doesn't, so I'll tell the artist exactly how I consider things should change. This is usually a great thing for the artist, who's usually too involved in the project to make productive calls on what should and shouldn't stay.
What's your typical work process?
I usually get the multi-tracks or the pro tools project. After that I do a rough mix of the song(s) and send them over to the artist. Once we've established a direction, it's usually a pretty quick process. This is valid for both mixing and mastering.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I mostly do mixing and mastering, so I have a nice big room with comfortable acoustics with a genelec 8010 pair and a great new computer. Most of my current and future investment is in plugins.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Steven Wilson, José Diogo Neves, Jens Bogren.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly do mixing and/or mastering stuff. I also record a lot of people who work locally.