What are you working on at the moment?
I'd have to kill you if I told you.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Only just joined!
Analog or digital and why?
Sorry but both.
Some things just sound better through analogue, some things need the surgical clarity of digital.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Satisfaction or your money back.
What do you like most about your job?
Working for myself and listening to music all day.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you fix my mix at mastering?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
...that the mix can be fixed at the mastering stage!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Do you like dogs?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Shop around, ask questions.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A Neumann mic, Universal Audio mic pre, prism audio interface, Manley Massive Passive EQ and Maselec compressor...is the computer included??
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Luckily I look younger than my face reveals!
About 20 years from musician, to recording engineer, to mix engineer to mastering engineer!
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Mix engineer on Dark Sky's Imagin album.
Mainly because the boys are mini geniuses. It was a real eye-opener to work with writers that pay SO much attention to the smallest detail.
How would you describe your style?
Clean and powerful!
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I've worked with Dark Sky, so happy there. Otherwise Aphex Twin.
Can you share one music production tip?
Buy some Sennheiser HD650s so you can hear what's going on in the low end (or use a frequency analyser to shave off unwanted sub bass that sucks volume out of your track).
What type of music do you usually work on?
As a mastering engineer, literally all forms of music.
What's your strongest skill?
A good ear.
What do you bring to a song?
Depth, clarity, excitement, volume.
What's your typical work process?
Mix, review, master, review.
That's it. To work concisely is to work intuitively.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Mixing is done all 'in the box'. It then goes out via Prism converters into the analogue domain in through pristinely clean Maselec eqs and comps and if a little flavour is needed then is passes through a Manley valve eq and vari mu compressor, back through the prism and into the digital domain. Monitoring is done via PMC IB1S powered by Bryston amps.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Paul Epworth is a bit of a hero of mine. From his remixing days as 'Phones' through to his current projects, the guy is a genius.
There are no real rock n roll mastering engineers. I hope to change that!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I get asked to do a lot of mixing these days. I guess it's because I can also supply the mastering and add that beautiful analogue touch.
A mastering engineer that knows how to mix is ideal because the mix will be optimised knowing what is needed at the mastering stage.