Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Last year I worked with local rap artist The Rake on finishing his debut album Welcome Home. It was the culmination of a decade of work for him which he thought would never be finished until we worked together. It was an honor to help him realize his dream with the creation of a finished album he couldn't be more proud of! It was an incredible experience for me to expand my abilities as an engineer, as I typically focus on rock music. The skills I learned on mixing his rap album have transferred to my work on rock music, giving a more crisp and heavy quality.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently recording vocals for Shipwreck Motel's new rock album!
Analog or digital and why?
They both have their merits and downfalls, it depends on the sound. I enjoy the idea of analog, and it involves music in the physical medium, harnessing the very nature of physics to give the highest possible audio quality. On the other hand, digital technology has allowed a sense of creativity that is as endless as your imagination.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I will dedicate the whole of my ability and talent to the betterment of your music, giving you professional service at a fantastic price!
What do you like most about your job?
The ability to work on great music from talented artists and be a part of a musical vision!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
It is important that the person you hire is invested in your music and a philosophical ideal bigger than themselves. I truly believe in the power of music and its ability to make this world a better place!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have my Bachelor's Degree in Audio Engineering from The Evergreen State College. I have been an assistant Audio Engineer at K Records in Olympia where I helped artists feel comfortable and ready to rock. I have been recording local artists and my own band Shipwreck Motel in the project studio I built in my home since 2007.
Can you share one music production tip?
Take a break at least once an hour to refresh your ears and give you a new perspective on the project. It makes a huge difference!
What type of music do you usually work on?
I have extensive experience with folk, rock and grunge. My most recent project was with a local rap artist.
What's your strongest skill?
My perfectionism and ability to continue working with a song until it sounds like it needs to!
What do you bring to a song?
I have the mind of a true rocker and a deep understanding of audio tricks necessary to achieve the heaviest and hard hitting sound you need to bring your songs to a gut punching level.
What's your typical work process?
For mixing I take your original audio stems and reconstruct them with a combination of equalizers, compressors, limiters and other effects to give them the spacious and heavy hitting sound that every rocker dreams of.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a pair of rare Yamaha HS50M studio monitors which have an incredible sound and allow me to hear every nuance of the song for a best quality mix and master. I utilize a multitude of pro digital plugins running through Sonar Cakewalk recording software on my studio computer which is optimized for audio performance. I also have a number of outboard effects units including pedals, amps and mixers to help achieve whatever sound quality desired.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mix and master songs for clients from all over the country, utilizing industry standard audio equipment to achieve the highest quality sound at a fraction of the price! I am working hard to build my portfolio with a great reputation, and I am excited to work with you.