What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started as a songwriter and producer in the 80s. I then bought a KORG M1 and started arranging. Finally I attended a sound engineering school, graduated, and opened my first recording studio. Quickly after I co-wrote a sound engineering book. A few years ago I moved to Austin, TX and opened a new recording studio.
How would you describe your style?
Powerful, in-your-face, and clear.
Analog or digital and why?
Both are necessary today. The legendary warmth and the solidity of the analog sound are crucial but the recall ability and editing capabilities of the digital are unequalled.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen to the sound of their mixes with a critical ear. Get (educated) help assessing the work if you need it. If you love it, go for it.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Neve 88R, SSL AWS, Urei 1176, Teletronix LA2A, Lexicon 300 LARC.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually mix Rock and Pop-Rock songs as well as songs in neighboring genres (Pop ballads, Prog Rock, Folk Rock,...)
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My main influences are the master mixers Chris Lord-Alge, Andrew Scheps, Tony Maserati, Bob Clearmountain, Dave Pensado, Young Guru, Manny Marroquin, and arrangers-producers such as Timbaland, JR Rotem, George Martin, Trevor Horn, and a few others. I have also been lucky to work with very inspiring musicians, singers, songwriters, and producers.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing their songs to give them a winning edge over other artists.
Can you share one music production tip?
When I receive a song to mix, for me the quality of the song comes first; it must stand on its own as a great song. Then the next most important point in today's competitive music world is the quality of the arrangement and of the recording of each track plus how clean the tracks are. Great production yields beautiful mixes.