What do you like most about your job?
Working with such talented artists on a daily basis.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do you expect from me ? What were you listening to writing this record ? Is the click your friend ?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A Beyer M160; a Neumann U67; a pair of Neve channel strips; an interface with great converters; a MacBook Pro.
Can you share one music production tip?
Spend a lot of time in pre-production. You won't regret it.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm almost done mixing a really exciting EP, between alt-jazz and dream-pop, and I'm tracking (a lot of) guitars for a full-length record.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I come from an alt-rock background, but I enjoy recording a lot of things, such as folk, jazz, pop, cuban son, etc... Basically anything with real people playing stuff.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not yet, except for a few big names, but they don't need recommendations. Their tracks speak for themselves.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I can do a lot but I'm no magician. If it doesn't sound great on the way in, it won't sound great on the way out. Period.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Feel free to ask questions, about influences and workflow, what's possible and what's not. It can avoid a lot of misunderstanding and bad surprises after the fact.
How would you describe your style?
My main priority is the emotion of the song. I focus on capturing incredible performances by incredible human beings.
If you want some perfectly edited drums and pitch-corrected vocals, I'm not your guy.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Minimalist: an eight-channel audio interface, a couple of nice preamps and a bunch of different mics.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. I love the sound of analog gear but digital is the reason I can work.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been doing this for four years now. I went to school, assisted in big studios and basically recorded everywhere I could since I've started: empty houses, million-euro studios, garages, bedrooms, you name it...
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dinosaur Pile-Up, Pixies, Nirvana, dEUS, Eels, Triggerfinger, Buena Vista Social Club, Foo Fighters;
Steve Albini, Butch Vig, Fab Dupont, Tom Dalgety, Graham Cochrane