Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I recently put together an entire song from start to finish for a woman who wanted to turn her mother's favourite poem into something she could sing along to. Her mother is suffering from alzheimer's and thought this would be a nice idea to help her. It was a beautiful project that made a lot of people happy. I feel lucky to have been a part of it.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a lot of commercial music right now. Quick 2-minute songs that involve tracking guitar, bass, drums, and some software instruments too. My real love is for synths and unconventional electronic beat-making.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I just joined! Let me get back to you, haha!
Analog or digital and why?
Both! Analog has that genuine, tangible, deep and thick quality, that makes digital seem thin and airy in comparison. But with digital, the creative possibilities are endless, so don't limit yourself to one or the other.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
While I have my own style and methods, I want to achieve the sound that YOU want. I want your musical ideas to shine through the finished product.
What do you like most about your job?
Hearing new music. I love learning how many people are out there that want to make art not war.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make it louder? You bet I can. But I'll do it the correct way.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That anyone can do it. It actually takes a strong ear, years of practice, and an investment in professional gear. If you've got that, then yes, you can do it!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are some songs/artists that you like? What kind of feel/vibe do you want for the song? Are there any elements that should be more present than others, or a generally equal mix?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Take the time to listen through some of the provider's work, and chat with them to get their vibes. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Choose the person who you feel will take your project as seriously as you do, instead of it just being some paid gig.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Laptop, interface, mic, speakers, and a solar-powered power source of course! I'd track experimental music within nature, haha!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out learning to play the guitar as a kid. As I began to improve, I started writing songs and playing with friends. Soon I joined bands, wrote even more songs, and realized I needed to record these songs to have something for people to hear. I started learning to use GarageBand, then Ableton, then Cubase, then LogicPro. I kept writing and recording, and kept learning how to continually improve the sound quality of my productions. My productions ended up being at a level to get a publishing deal and appeared on television and movies. People started giving me their projects to improve, and here I am today!
How would you describe your style?
Clean, crisp, buttery smooth. I can throw in some vintage washes though!
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Metric. They are a band that inspired me and motivated me to improve and take music more seriously.
Can you share one music production tip?
Keep it simple! The hits are the hits for a reason; they've got a basic arrangement, a few layers that each bring something of value in terms of melody and frequency, and a catchy hook that will be stuck in your head for days. Even if you have 100 great ideas, they shouldn't all go into the same song.
What type of music do you usually work on?
All kinds! Lately I've been recording, mixing, and mastering a lot of "indie" sounding commercial music, but I also work with acoustic, pop, rock, electronic, synth, and many more genres!
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is my patience and attention to precise detail. I'm a hard worker who doesn't quit until the job is done.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring my full genuine attention, a trained musical ear and the delicate finesse needed to perfect sound quality.
What's your typical work process?
My first step is to get a clear understanding of what the client wants and needs; my goal is their satisfaction. Using references, once I know the vibe they're going for, I'll begin manipulating the track using various effects plugins, try out different volume and pan mixes, and send a short first draft sample to the client. Based on their feedback I'll continue with the project until they are completely happy with the results.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use a high performance Apple computer running Logic X, professional Waves plugins, Audio-Technica monitor headphones, PreSonus and KRK monitor speakers, Sure SM7B mic, and much more!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Ed Nash (Bassist, Bombay Bicycle Club)
Chris Taylor (Bassist, Producer, Grizzly Bear)
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing tracks (volume, pan, effects, etc.) and Mastering (compression, EQ, limiting, etc.)