What are you working on at the moment?
I have four artists I am currently working with in some capacity whether it is just mixing and recording or whether it is full service, production, songwriting, consulting and marketing.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career path took me from performing on stage and making music in my garage to finally going to school after six years int he industry in order to learn all nuances. I have now been making music for nine years
Can you share one music production tip?
The best tip I can give on music production is FINISH. Even if you don;t like something it is extremely important to finish the process in order to build good habits and put all of your skills to use. The best teacher is experience.
What type of music do you usually work on?
The majority of tracks I work on are Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, and Singer-Songwriter compositions.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is my attention to detail. I am very maticulous when it comes to finding the perfect sound for a particular track. I like to think of my self as a tailor of sound.
What's your typical work process?
My typical workflow on a mix is to first go through and do all my editing and comping in order to get everything in the right place. After that I usually go through the entire song and adjust panning to give the song it's very own unique stereo field. I will usually adjust volume of each track as I move through panning as well. Next I usually create my Aux tracks and set the routing for all my sends. Often times I will start with a session template from a previous track in the same genre or sound. Once I've done this I begin with subtractive EQ mixing backwards from the Aux tracks. Next I move on to compression, followed by adding effects such as reverb, delay, etc. Once I have a sound that I like I will usually dial it in with some additive EQ across key frequency spectrums before adjusting my final levels and adding mix bus compression depending on the track's needs. After everything is done I prefer to print the entire mix to it's own track rather than bounce it traditionally as I find the qulaity to be higher this way.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My home studio setup is pretty simple. The whole rig runs off my MacBook Pro through my Saffire Interface. I produce most of my tracks in Maschine and do the majority of my mixing in Pro Tools 10 and 11. I own a numark turntable for sampling and a Sterling ST55 for scratch vocals.
I also have unlimited access to the studios at Pinnacle College where I graduated. There are three studios there with a plethora of outboard gear and even affords me the ability to mix and record to tape.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Prince, Janelle Monae, Jidenna,
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common work I do is a mix of full range production services that from beatmaking to mixing and even mastering. I often contribute to most projects I work on as a songwriter in some way shape or form. I also offer consulting on the music business front and provide clients with publishing and licensing opportunities through a partner company.