Analog or digital and why?
Digital - It is as good and usable as analogue - you just need to know how to use it.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You will like your song even better
What do you like most about your job?
The satisfaction of knowing a craft.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That a mixing engineer will take a poor recording, sprinkle it with a magic dust and make it into something unbelievable.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Who is your music model? Who do you wish to sound like? Do you have a particular song in mind when producing your song?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
It pays off to take a risk.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Well I am a digital, in the box guy - so I would take my computer, soundcard, a nice microphone (Rode NT4), mic pre and a guitar. With that (and the software, but I take it as a part of the computer) you can achieve a lot.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing guitar when I was 11. I played in various church bands, started leading worship, studied in US, where I saw the real studio work and when I came back I started recording our church band and learning how to make us sound good. That was 3 years ago and I still have a lot in front of me, but I am getting good.
How would you describe your style?
Meticulate, always ready to learn
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Neal Morse - that guy is an insane musician and has wonderful sense of melody and harmony.
What's your typical work process?
Start with drums, then vocals and lastly the music. Get rid of the nasty mud so that everything is clear and is not distracting from the music. Mix at low volume levels, compare with reference tracks and check the final mix on various speakers - I usually listen to the mix on average speakers in different room, in my car and on various headphones,
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work with Cubase software and MOTU hardware. Mixing in the box.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, Pop, Country
What's your strongest skill?
EQ and compression
What do you bring to a song?
I make it into a clear statement, that will have some weight and will get your attention.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dave Pensado, Chris Lord Alge, Neal Morse, Lincoln Brewster, Mike Austin, Brad Paisley.