Analog or digital and why?
Both. I like to seize their strengths, and I'm always open to new ideas.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Working with Joe Chiccarelli and Tony Peluso. I learned a lot from them, personally and professionally.
I have assisted both engineers while recording and mixing two albums from Cafe Tacvba.
I assisted Tony Peluso in the mixing sessions of "Sino".
I assisted Joe Chiccarelli in the recording and mixing sessions of "El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco".
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it could be really easy, and is not worth it... and that isn´t such an important part of the creative process as equal as the music.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Always I tried to understand what they want, what they need. I asked them to be very explicit. How they imagine and visualize their songs. Any question can help me getting into this...
How would you describe your style?
I'm thinking.... bold. That would be my style.
I enjoy going far away in the mix, going to a breakpoint. Sometimes (many) works for me, but if not, I start pulling back until I feel I get the best path for the song. Always keeping in mind that the song is the most important element here, always.
What do you bring to a song?
My skills, my intuition, my taste, my artistic sensibility, my perspective, my experience.
Heart, soul and mind (sounds cheesy, but I really do it that way).
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
That would be mixing. For sure. That is the most I do, most of the time.
I also do mastering (not that often) and editing in PT (quite a lot). But my daily basis for sure is mixing. I enjoy recording as well.
In the musical process, I find myself doing music production, beat programming, and arrangements.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been into music since I'm 12. I started playing drums. At 15 guitar, and so on with other instruments... That was the main cause I finished here. About 13 years ago I started playing with audio software, doing stuff at home, playing covers and making sequence tracks for this... After that, I decided this was for sure what I want for me.
I studied sound engineering and master production, but most important, since my first months at school, I started working in a pro studio as well. From the real bottom. Working hard to achieve what I have today and more. Two years after, I also started working as a live sound engineer. From 2009 to present, I've been doing both live and studio with major Mexican artists, from the real top of the list. Now I have the chance to seize all my experience and knowledge into my studio.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
There are too many musicians, producers and engineers that inspired me to become better every day... But if I have to choose some of them, my list would start with Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke...
Tchad Blake is a genius!, Mitchell Froom, Tony Peluso, Eddie Kramer, Tom Elmhirst, Geoff Emerick, Butch Vig, Mick Guzauski, Joe Ciccarelli, Jack White, Alan Parsons, Rick Rubin, Gustavo Santaolalla, Dave Pensado, to name very few...
What type of music do you usually work on?
Most of the time I work with live instrumentation. From the basic drums, bass, guitar, etc., in a rock setup (and its alternatives); to some things more complex or "traditional" kind of instruments, Latin American folk music.
In the past couple of years I had worked with several electronic music too, more like a genres blend, and I´m starting feeling comfortable with that.
Tell us about your studio setup.
- ProTools 10
- Yamaha NS10 Monitors
- Amphion One18 Monitors
- Universal Apollo 16 Interface
- UAD Quad Satellite
- UBK Fatso
- Eli Distressor EL8-X
- Obsidian 500 Stereo Compressor
- Standard Audio Level-Or
- Shadow Hills Mono Gamma
- Maschine Mikro MKII
- Several FX pedals... Eventide Space. Space Echo, Memory Man, TC Nova Reverb, Strymon El Capistan, Strymon Flint, KaossPad II, Akai Head Rush, Malekko Delay, and more.
These are some of my studio toys.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To make my best effort and beyond to understand and get connected to their music, so I can delivery what are they expecting to. Their music are their babies, I have to take care a lot of them...
What do you like most about your job?
All of it!!
It´s my life, my passion, not my job.