Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I'm proud of the spiritual album which i composed, arranged, mixed and mastered which was based on the 7 chakras. It was a completely alien subject to me and something really new but I got to explore a new world which I didn't know existed and came out with some sounds and ambient environment which really triggers the persons soul
What are you working on at the moment?
Working on a Hip Hop album and remixing a tribute song for Motorhead
Analog or digital and why?
Digital, cause I run a budget studio and to be honest gooey stuff is good but the clients love the digital sound
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
The if they give their 100% I'll give them my 200%
What do you like most about your job?
The challenge it poses to get something sound exciting and the beauty of instruments how they all come together to create something as cohesive as music
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long would it take for the track to be ready? My usual answer is it takes atleast a week to get few ideas rolling and another week to really arrange and finalise a demo.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Anybody can get a computer and get a radio hit track ready in a few days. If only that was possible every time
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are their influences, their favourite tracks, the theme around which the song or album is being composed.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be open to ideas and experimenting, I like to think out of the box however it is very important to keep the customers vision in sight and that is the prime thing around which everything revolves and evolves
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Gibson SG, Fractal Audio Axe FX 2, Apogee Ensemble, my iMac and an infinite supply of plectrums
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been making music for pretty much the last 15 years. I started off as vocalist and a rap enthusiast trying to copy Eminem, Fred Durst and Dre. Then migrated to the bass and eventually to guitars. I started fiddling with audio production around 2007 and started 300 BPM Productions in 2010 recording bands and composing music for short films, mainstream movies and albums
How would you describe your style?
I would say my approach is quite old school but always open to opinions
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Guthrie Govan, the mans a genius. Period
Can you share one music production tip?
Make sure every instrument has a part to play, don't add crap to the song just because you are good with your instrument. A little goes a long way.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Metal, Hip Hop, Pop
What's your strongest skill?
Arrangement and composition
What do you bring to a song?
People have a very strong emotional connect to the songs they make, I bring that third person's vision or outlook to the project and point out the flaws or if possible means of making the song better in terms of arrangement.
What's your typical work process?
I prefer to first listen to the song in totality and if there are any drawbacks in terms of arrangement or composition, I would like to give an opinion and get it corrected if possible. Once the demo sound up to mark, I track the song in totality and go for mixing and mastering it
Tell us about your studio setup.
Its a simple setup put up in a decent sized room. Audio Interface: Digidesign Mbox 2, Monitors: M-Audio EX66, Other equipment: Fractal audio Axe FX 2, M-Audio Keystudio 49, Akai LPD8, DAW: Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Pro Tools
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
In terms of music, I've explored a wide variety of genres and some of the biggest inspirations have been bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Dokken, Europe, Zakk Wylde, COB, Guthrie Govan. Outside of metal Dr Dre, Timbaland, Eminem, Sia, Adele, Hozier have been quite inspiring lately. Music productions professionals who I live by are Dave Pensado, Andy Sneap, Jason Suecof, Dre
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm more into recording bands or groups with an inclination towards Rock and Metal, however, from time to time I do explore various other genres of music like Hip Hop, Spiritual, Soundtracks.