What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working with a new independent label, editing and mixing songs for their artist.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Unfortunately not at the moment.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital, working in the box helps my work flow remain constant. My mixes turn out great and my clients don't have to wait a long time to get their music back. I do love analog and the rich history behind it but for my personal needs and my clients, digital works.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to maintain a high level of professionalism at all times, a willingness to deliver a product they will be proud to call their own.
What do you like most about your job?
The creative process and the trust my clients put in me to deliver a great product
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long does it take to mix a song?
I tell them it depends, every song is different. If you want done right then it will take a little time. If you want a rush job then that can be done as well.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Most people don't know that I am a drummer and can sing. I don't promote it because that's not my angle. When they see and hear me they are in disbelief saying that I don't look like I can do any of that stuff.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
It really depends on the situation, for example...If you want me to mix a song I ask them to tell me exactly what they want so we have no miscommunications.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do as much research as possible and ask as many questions as you can.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. Drum Pad/Sticks
2. C|24 console
3. Computer w/Pro Tools and Plugins
4. Rode NTK mic w/XLR
5. SSL AWS 948
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career path has always been gear toward live sound. I've been doing audio for almost 10 years. I didn't get absolutely serious until a 3 years ago.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A project that made me proud was one I did while attending school. It wasn't intended to be taken that serious. I figured I had the means to record in school so I did. After Recording and Mixing it...I was so happy at the final product I had no choice but to spread the song so others can hear it too.
How would you describe your style?
I think my style is more along the creative lines. As a free thinker I let my thoughts flow and I come up with different ways to enhance any song.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I like working with just about anyone who takes this seriously. Reason is...they aren't afraid of the status quo. They are passionate about the work and it makes me happy that they want me to be apart of that.
Can you share one music production tip?
Yes, listen to the artist, try to become apart of the overall project. Meaning get involved to a point that the song feels personal, that way your mix doesn't feel like another job you're getting paid for. It feels more like an accomplishment that you and the artist has reached together.
What type of music do you usually work on?
R&B and Hip Hop
What's your strongest skill?
My ability to listen
What do you bring to a song?
I'd like to think I bring a certain level a surprise and creativity to a song. Hearing an artist say to me that their song sounds better then they thought it would is an awesome feeling.
What's your typical work process?
I normally start the edit process first, most artist nowadays record themselves and have no idea how to edit or what editing requires. After that, I listen to the song a few times to get an idea of how i want to mix it.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a Mac Mini running Pro Tools 10 & 11 also Logic Pro X, M-Audio studio monitors, PreSonus FaderPort, Waves Plugin Bundle
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I think everyone inspires everyone to a degree. I don't typically give any one person credit for inspiration. The fact that anyone is willing to help another reach their fullest potential is enough inspiration in itself.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I typically get more Hip Hop and R&B, but I'm open to any genre.