What do you bring to a song?
Sometimes I feel like I hear things that other people don't, and I've become good at articulating my ideas and visions. Depending on what the costumer wants I can bring a song to a different zone or pocket so to speak, or I can effectively accent a song to bring out the artist's vision.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I'm currently running Pro-tools 9. I don't have the capability to record drums, however I can mix them. I often record bass on a direct line and I use an SM57 when amping guitars, and a Rode NT2 for vocals and acoustic guitars. On a separate computer I run Wavelab 5 for mastering, it may be older but I find it brings a warmth and grit to the overall production of a song.
What are you working on at the moment?
Finished mixing and mastering my record with my band "Godsent". Now I'm working on some calm acoustic type music and some instrumental music for "The Silent Scream Project".
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I enjoy chatting about their music, their goals, and their views. If I can get a good grasp on what the artist feels and visions in their own mind it helps me decide how to approach my contributions.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Devin Townsend - He's unique, he's innovative, and he's a visionary.
Can you share one music production tip?
Take breaks to rest your ears and listen to other productions that inspire you in order to keep a sense of relativity. It gets very easy to get lost in a mix with tired ears when you've spent for too long listening to the same section of the same song.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I've always been a metal guy, but I do some soundtrack type music... and sometimes I've mixed the two. With that said, I've also worked with pop bands, rappers, acoustic/folk artists, and sing-songwriters.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Mutt Lange, Kevin Churko, Bob Rock, Rick Rubin