My goal is to work closely with artists to create unique, emotion-filled musical Footmarks. I am Haven, a mixing engineer/music producer hailing from Atlanta and currently working at the infamous Icon Studios-Atlanta. I am dedicated to providing personalized service while hand carving and sculpting dynamic mixes and productions for my clients.
I am a proficient electric guitarist, bassist, & acoustic guitarist, as well as a graduate of one of Billboard's Top Music Business Programs, The Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program, where I acquired my base of knowledge & skills in the technical aspects of audio engineering. I began my career as an audio & mixing engineer working with many artists across a wide range of musical styles & genres including hip-hop, rock, indie, country and christian.
I've worked under award winning producer & Chief Engineer Jeff Tomei at Cock of the Walk Studio. Jeff Tomei is credited for works like Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins, Love Attack by Issac Hayes, Quiet Storm by Peabo Bryson, Right Here Right Now by Mother's Finest, Exile on Mainstream by Matchbox Twenty and several chart toppers by Jackyl to name a few.
I independently gained my first album credits for engineering 808 Champ by Champ Major and as assistant engineer on the albums Blazing in The Sky by Telestrion and Doin' The Georgia Slap by the Shadows.
I'm currently a tracking and mixing engineer at Icon Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Haven is a dynamic musician, producer and mixing engineer. We worked on a couple of covers, an original song, and even some voice-over work that we worked together on. I was blown away by the final product. The quality of the production and sound are excellent. I plan to work with him again and highly recommend him for your tracking, producing, and mixing needs. He’s also a great guitarist.
Excellent engineer. Great at capturing a good sound on initial recording. Great vibe. Definitely would recommend.
Interview with Haven
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first EP with the artist Champ Major. I was the recording and mixing engineer, and also the mastering engineer. I thoroughly enjoyed working on a full length project with him and helping him create it start to finish. It was fun helping him arrange his vocals and get the perfect takes on each song. I currently have a long standing relationship with Champ Major because of this album.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open to communicate and express your intent with the project. I am always willing to listen and fulfill the needs of the artist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Crispness, clarity, definition, space, and dynamic range. However, what is most important is that I am also a vessel of the artist. I seek to imprint their soul and character onto the mix.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I grew up in the digital age, but I would say use both. I believe there's a warmth and character to analog gear that can't be beat but at the same time I believe engineers absolutely should adapt and learn to take advantage of digital technologies.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Friendly and consistent communication, punctual delivery time for edits/mixes, professional quality. I will make all efforts to ensure your song is a unique and great sounding expression of your artistry.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love hearing a song being polished and perfected in each step of the mixing/editing process. When I was younger I always had a huge curiosity as to how songs were created and edited in studio sessions, so actually doing that for a living is a dream.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Though engineers are required to be quick and efficient, some artists don't understand the detailed work and concentration that goes in to both tracking and mixing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What services they are looking for, the time frame, what they are looking for in the mix/edits, where they drew inspiration, their favorite artists.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: UA1176, Neumann U87, SM57, Great River MP-500NV, LA-2A
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I learned that I wanted to record and mix music when I was in my sophomore year of college. I began working as an intern/assistant in studios and I've worked with clients in my home studio since 2014.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Anderson .Paak. His music is so unique and creative that it would be a great experience just to see his creative process and collaborate with him.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The original sound/recording that you have is the key to a great sounding music production. Once you have great raw tracks, the purpose of the mixing engineer is to polish and flesh out those tracks.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-Hop, Trap, RnB, Rap, Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communicating with the client to determine what they want out of their mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start by breaking the ice. By communicating with the client, I can learn more about their preferences in the mix and where they draw inspiration. Once I get to know them, I'll begin working on the mix. I make sure the session is organized and prepared in case I need to transfer to another engineer. I'll then begin aligning, comping, tuning, balancing, etc. Finally, I'll add in FX like reverb and delay, add beat drops and vari-fi, or spicing the song up to taste. I'll send a sample of this mix to the artist, or if they desire, we can do a live stream revision session to get everything to the artist's taste.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have 2 Joe Meek preamps, DBX 386 preamps, Apollo Twin Interface
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones, Slash, Nas, Garth Richardson
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly do mixing, editing, and vocal tuning.