Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My band's EP 10 years ago. Between us we recorded, mixed, mastered and released it ourselves. It's not the best sounding thing ever, but it was an awesome achievement.
What are you working on at the moment?
A kind-of metal ep for a small band just one their way to their first release. It's seriously huge.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Difficult to answer that but I love what we can do with digital sounds now.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll never leave you high and dry.
What do you like most about your job?
Listening to what people have to say in their music.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you beef x up a bit? - My answer is,'yes' probably.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's confusing. - It doesn't need to be if you ask the right questions.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Style of music. Idea of the final sound. How it was recorded and where.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Tell me what it is you want, try to vocalise what the end-point is for the project and I can tell you what needs to happen.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I'd be happy with my macbook a decent set of headphones and my drums.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Playing drums and being involved in the industry for about 15 years, I mixed my first E.P 10 Years ago.
How would you describe your style?
Calm and collected.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Trent Reznor, I imagine he could teach me a thing or two.
Can you share one music production tip?
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mainly rock and metal, but I play a bit of funk too.
What's your strongest skill?
Asking for help if I need it!
What do you bring to a song?
That very much depends on what you ask me to bring.
What's your typical work process?
Listen, listen, tweak, listen again. Never work with your eyes.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I'm lucky enough to have a number of places to work. - Mostly on screen engineering, living in London requires as little space as possible. But I and the others I work with have acquired some decent gear over the years. Depending on what you need, we can see what needs to be used.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Too many to mention! I love what David Bottrill has done over the years, especially with the Tool albums, and whilst we're on Tool, how about Danny Carey for a drummer? - Yea.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Currently with my mixing work, I've been taking mixes of local bands in the London area and giving them a better product, through either mastering, mixing or in some cases, both.
In terms of my drumming, lots of gigging with theatre and function types, plus a couple of my own bands I do to keep it as fun as possible.