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 best friend ?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A couple of mics, let's say a Beyer M160 and a Neumann U67, a Neve stereo channel strip, an interface with great converters, a MacBook Pro.
What's your strongest skill?
As an engineer, probably my adaptability. As a producer, I hope my understanding, whether it'd be of the vision of the artist or of his recent troubles.
What do you like most about your job?
Working with such talented artists on a daily basis.
Can you share one music production tip?
Spend a lot of time in pre-production. That's the only secret.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm almost done mixing a really exciting EP between alt-jazz & dream-pop, I'm tracking an alt-rock EP, and I'm about to start recording guitars, synths and vocals for a full-length record.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I enjoy listening to and working on a lot of different genres: alt rock, folk, jazz, punk rock, pop, cuban son... I'm basically into 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.
I've been moving around constantly for quite a while now, so I mix pretty much everywhere on my laptop and headphones. Recording wise, I'm lucky enough to work in awesome pro studios in Paris, and in people's houses everywhere else, which I enjoy just as much as "real" studios at the end of the day.
Analog or digital and why?
I use hybrid setups all the time, best of both worlds, the sound and the flexibility.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been doing this for five years now. I went to school, assisted in big studios and basically recorded everywhere I could since day one: 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, Jeff Rosenstock, Triggerfinger, Buena Vista Social Club, Foo Fighters;
Fab Dupont, Steve Albini, Butch Vig, Andrew Scheps.