The Heart Of A Blackbird

Musical Genius

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Songwriter first and foremost, I've been writing, recording and producing my own songs since I was about 15 years old. Under many monikers, achieving modest levels of success (what is success?) and releasing many albums and records during my career. Now I work on music exclusively from my home studio, in my own time, with my own criteria.

I play guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion. I sing and write hooks, harmonies, melodies and unique beats. I'm interested in all kinds of music and songs, but mostly have focused on indie rock, folk, americana country and electronic acoustic. I love collaboration - this is why i joined here. I'm inspired by other interesting people and music makers. I love being thrown into a project with little concept or direction and coming up with super creative content and sounds fueled by the surrounding whims and ideas. I am actually quite humble and consider making mistakes to be a very important part of learning and playing music. Sometimes the mistake is the hook! I love sampling and sequencing, but I'm novice at these. I like hands on, cut and paste, down and dirty editing. I mostly record with my UAD Apollo Twin with various plugs from UA and soundtoys. I own all of my gear and have many years of customization and repair. I love TapeOp. I love vintage gear, but had to sell almost all of my outboard gear after a recent relocation. I love old tube amps and mics.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.


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Interview with The Heart Of A Blackbird

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Spanish Prisoners - recording and mixing / Megan Palmer - recording and mixing

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: My own songs.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital at this point. 24bit/96k with a good converter sounds nearly as good as any analog.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: That it will be what you need/want.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Working from home.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: How soon? ASAP

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: That it's easy and anyone can do it.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: Timeline, $, vibe, influences.

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Please listen to my music song samples. They tell the whole story.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: My Gibson custom shop J45, my Pono cedar Uke, my mini-O guitar, maybe my melodica and a nice chair. :)

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I started writing and recording my songs at 15; started a band at 20; wrote, recorded, mixed, produced much of songs/music for said band. Toured the US many times; toured Japan with my band. I've been writing, recording, mixing, producing songs nearly every day of my life since then.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Loose but prolific.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Andy Shauf. I'd just like to see his process.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: I have a few secret weapons - random vintage mics that most would think are useless, but I know exactly what they work well for even if it's just one thing.

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Indie, folk, pop, rock, acoustic.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Listening.

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: Anything needed. And 15+ years of creative ideas.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: Listening, listening, listening. Playing along while listening. Learning the song, learning the parts. Ideas. Test/scratch recording. Vibes.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: 2nd floor of my house is dedicated to music. 2 great sounding open rooms, hardwood floors. Drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, iPad, UA Apollo Twin running Reaper, UA & soundtoy plugs, various outboard pedals and sounds, Nord Stage 2 piano/organ, Nord Drum 2 setup, teenage engineering OP-1.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: David Bazan, Kevin Morby, Andy Shauf, TapeOp.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: Recording, mixing, sculpting creative sounds

A Song For The Broken Hearted

I was the Everything in this production

Terms Of Service

I'm new to this game, so I might have to revise this in the future.

GenresSounds Like
  • Elliott Smith
  • David Bazan
  • Kevin Morby
Gear Highlights
  • Custom Jazzmaster
  • Limited edition Epi Casino
  • Custom shop Gibson J45 Mahog
  • 70's Slingerland jazz kit
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