Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Valen Rhodes project. I served as chief mix engineer and worked with Peter Mew at Abbey Road who mastered several tracks that were chosen for release. I mixed and mastered a second track for Ms. Rhodes that was released as well on youtube that Ms. Rhodes fans liked equally, go figure.
What are you working on at the moment?
A new single from the artist Valen Rhodes.
Analog or digital and why?
Debatable only because sonically the lines are getting blurred every day. Listening and having a starting concept is how you make the right choices first to get the characteristics of either Analog or Digital.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll do my up most to deliver a quality product the first time.
What do you like most about your job?
A great track and happy artist or group then a week later, a ecstatic artist or group!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
I want to sound like __________________(fill in the blank). A:Ok, but if I can't, do you have Harry Potter #. (smile).
Can you make me sound like __________________(fill in the blank). A:No, nor do you really want to. You have your own sound.
How much is this going to cost,? A:Your first born, only joking!
Why is my mix not loud as __________________(fill in the blank) A: It's not mastered yet. Darn those evil loudness monkeys!
Then hit the limiter on my sub channel for the"A&R mix.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
If you give me garbage I can put it in the "Flux Compasitor" travel back in time and make your performance
a great one. smiling.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Do you love your track and did you give it your best? Are you open to suggestions about your track if it
would make it better. What do you like your song? What don't you like about it? Have you ever recorded
in a real studio? Who's your favorite artist or group and what are you shooting for with your track?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen to your track when you get it back from me and if you like how it sounds, call me.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I was in the music industry in the 80's. Over 25 years.
How would you describe your style?
Not limited and adaptable.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Right now, Maroon 5. as well as Rhianna. Rhianna for her vocal delivery. M5 for the musicality of their productions.
Can you share one music production tip?
If you can hear the compressor working, if not intentionally, it's probably over done.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop and RnB and Jazz as well as Rock.
What's your strongest skill?
From a Mixing standpoint, listening. Listening for that special something in the artist's track vocally or musically or both that may exploit their brand. This is while keeping the groove or message in focus. From a mastering stand point sonic enrichment.
What do you bring to a song?
Including the aforementioned, most importantly experience.
What's your typical work process?
It involves making a work copy first then listening to the song and performance. Now checking the balance of the track then comes taking care of any noise anomalies or problem areas. Re listening to the track and mentally imagine what if any Fx's would enhance the artist's and musical performance in communicating and capturing their vision.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Being a mix engineer in the 80's meant you grew up learning hardware characteristics now as Mr. Pensado and many other mix engineers from that period have stated that plugins have come a long way since their inception and can do some things the old hardware units can't. Also any hardware or any software is only as good as the mix engineer using it. As I know of, no music consumer has ever bought a song solely because it was recorded through a Neve or SSL board. "It all starts with the song"
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dave Peandado, Jack Joseph Puege, Kahaliq Glover, Neal Powe
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing and Mastering.