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 recording an EP with an artist I've never worked with before. It's an exciting project, between alt-jazz and dream-pop.
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, rap, etc...
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, sorry.
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 started: empty houses, million-euro studios, 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