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Interview with The Sound Fortress
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. More headroom. More color. Computers do not make anything better. It's more likely for a computer to crash then for a analog tape machine to stop working.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that on the recording I am extremely fast yet ACCURATE on setting up mics and getting sounds. Time is money so I care not to brake your bank. However after I set up the rest is up to you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Exchanging ideas with the artist and coming up with different sounds.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will the recording and mixing take? Honestly it depends on how well you are prepared and well rested for the recording. For the mixing it all depends as well. There's lots of things you have to take into consideration. Let's put it this way, Rome wasn't built in a day. So it takes time to make something GREAT.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That its a glamorous profession.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a 5 year plan? Where do you want a career in music? What are you planning to do with your record? Are you planning to sell hard copies at shows/festivals or digital downloads? Do you tour? How often do you play? How often do you practice?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always schedule a phone call first. Make sure you get a sense of their vibe and always schedule a meeting at the studio. The vibe of the studio and connection you and the engineer have is VERY important.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well the thing is that I have to ask will there be a generator? How would I power the gear and if I use a generator it will be extremely loud. So will there be solar power?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: All on my website www.uncannysound.com
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Keep people guessing. I want people to say, "who mixed that?" Where did that come from? I didn't expect that. Wow that was really freaking cool. I want to hear that again. These are things that I get people to say when they here my mixes.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It's not up to me. It's up to the artist. I will work with anyone. But in the end it's the artist time and money. It's what makes them comfortable. I'm just here to enhance your sound.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sure, when producing, try the song in different tempos and different keys, write down what you liked about the differences in tempos and keys. Then write down what you did not like. Pick one instrument and make the vibe completely different but still keep the tempo. You can really discover interesting ideas this way.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with all genres because if I work with one genre I am limiting myself and my value.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It's more like what I bring out of a song. Basically I have to make not only the artist(s) reach their full potential but the song reach it's full potential as well. Creativity on the production and mixing phase is really going to make the song shine. But most of all have fun being creative because thats what gets peoples attention in the end,
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Don't have one. It changes for every client. The only thing thats the same is my work flow.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For recording I travel to studios. For mixing I mix at home using some analog gear and tons of plugins.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: it varies. There's no such thing as common. That's what separates me from many other engineers. I never have the same setup. I like the push the envelope and my creativity to the max.