Can you share one music production tip?
Don't rely on gear for your ideas. Think about what everything yo do means. Everything will come into focus.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I mostly do pop, metal, rock and electronic music, but I've also worked on gospel, a cappella, blues, folk, avant garde, classical, and salsa.
What's your strongest skill?
The creative process. I can throw paint at the wall and hone the resulting mess into a focused idea.
What do you bring to a song?
I think a song (or whatever else your working on) is the product of everything that goes into it. The biggest factor are creativity, honesty, compassion and understanding. When I work with an artist, I make sure I know what they want, I try and anticipate their needs, I collaborate. After many years of doing projects, I can hear that in a recording.
What's your typical work process?
When I'm tracking and producing the utmost important thing is to make sure the artists are comfortable and inspired. Tired artists make bad music. Pissed off artists make bad music.
When I'm mixing, I work in stages. First thing is to edit everything so it sounds amazing. That means cutting out hiss, doing noise reduction if appropriate, tuning vocals, replacing bad notes. Then goal is make sure the timbre of each track is appropriate through whatever means possible. From there I see if there's any space that needs filling with ear candy, pads or effects. Finally, it's time to *actually* mix the song which means making sure that everything is in the proper space on the sonic canvas in relationship to the other elements. Most people beginners and even many professionals don't do this. They just want things to sound awesome, but they never make sure they're arranged correctly because they're obsessed with tone.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a protools HD rig. Avalon, neve, pendulum, empirical labs, Shadow hills, etc. etc. etc.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Flood is one of my favorite producers.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm a recording and mixing engineer. I have been for 17 years. If you need something to sound amazing, I'm your guy. I also put together software for performers and artists using Max/MSP.