I am a recording and mixing engineer with 10 years of experience. I tend to lean toward Americana, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz and acoustic-y styles. I take an organic, balanced approach to mixing and always put the vocal and the song first. My favorite drummer is Ringo because he played for the song and I mix for the song... not for me.
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As a session musician, I’ve worked with Brud many times over the years and each time it happens, I know exactly what to expect - he is consistent, knowledgeable, communicative, creative and even-keeled. His finger is on the pulse of all aspects of the creative process - the egos/emotions, the songwriting/arranging process, the tech-y stuff...and he is great with all of them. I highly recommend Brud!
I just had Brud mix a song of mine that turned out fantastic, and I have worked with Brud in my capacity as a session drummer multiple times and can not say enough about how great the experiences have been. You can't go wrong hiring Brud to work on your next project!
I have worked with Brud at Fremont Recording many times over the past 5 years. I trust his experience and no nonsense sensibility. He provides a great space to work in. He’s good at letting an artist do their thing however, he’s also helpful with a good suggestion when it’s called for. Fremont Recording is a great asset to Portland’s music community!
Brud is one of the best engineers I’ve ever worked with, he has a command of every aspect of the recording process and always puts his clients at ease enabling them to do their best work.
Interview with Fremont Recording
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Matty Charles and Katie Rose - Chasing Arrows. The acoustic guitar and both vocals are on one mic live to tape. No edits. No headphones. It's the shit. I recorded and mixed it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have a live to 1/2" 8-track analog tape session tomorrow. All up. Amps in the room and no headphones. Embrace the bleed!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jeffrey Anthony on drums!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Easy. Digital for the editing and the full recall. Analog for the way it forces a band to work as a unit.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise I will do my best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creativity.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's just balancing loudness levels.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: For mixing a song I didn't record... can you provide some reference materials for sounds and direction? It's much easier to point to an example than describe a sound.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A great ribbon mic. A great cable. A tape machine. A songwriter and an acoustic guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started recording when I was in a band and we kept forgetting cool song ideas we'd come up with at rehearsal. "We'll never forget THAT!"... and we always did. I bought a Fostex MR8 (back in the day) and immediately became more interested in my recording than in the band. ;-)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Prepare. Define the roles that everyone will play. Know who is calling the shots. Rehearse rehearse rehearse. Then rehearse some more. The studio is about execution and capturing the best, definitive version of the song. If you are not prepared or begin in-fighting a whole lot of nothing will get accomplished.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Americana, singer-songwriter, jazz, folk, bluegrass, pop rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Multi-tasking. When tape is rolling I hear everything. Turn off the monitor and don't get caught up in those damn waveforms. Just listen.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I help people know when NOT to play. Stay the hell out of the way of the lyric and attempt to perform what you feel. Sometimes you can play an emotion. Other times you can answer or support a lyric musically.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm a huge fan of pre-production. Sooooooo many problems can be avoided with even a little preparation ahead of time. When it comes to tracking I like to get everyone comfortable in the environment, get sounds, set headphones and stay organized. A cluttered session can lead to problems, accidents and slow downs. Hit each song a few times. The 1st has great energy but some errors. The 2nd still has great energy but more precise. The 3rd is typically a golden blend of energy and accuracy. After that you get diminishing returns and it's time to move on.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm in the midst of a remodel and it'll be a huge room and a medium iso room, no control room. I want to be in the room with musicians and not divide them up into many smaller spaces. That separation hurts communication and the final product suffers. The aesthetic I'm going for is essentially recording in your friend's mountain cabin and it just happens to have top notch equipment.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Lately I've been more and more a fan of less is more. I love when a band records together and ideally in the same room. When a band moves as a unit, rather than splitting up every task, you get better results. And it's more fun! Obviously, I'm a big fan of The Beatles. Paul Simon also comes to mind. I really enjoy production that sounds deceptively simple. It's fun when is sounds basic but when you really listen you hear layer upon layer to achieve growth as the song plays out.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I run a full recording studio so it is often the entire project from pre-production, through recording, mixing and then it gets sent to mastering.