Can you share one music production tip?
Practice. Never walk into a recording studio unprepared to perform your own song. You'll be wasting you time and money as well as the producer's and engineer's.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I mainly work in 3 genres-rock, hop hop/pop, and EDM.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is listening-I can tell when an idea isn't working for an artist, and they're too shy to say so. I always want to have any artist I work with have something they can be proud of showing, so I try to stay as sensitive as I can to body language, and to what is and is not being said.
What do you bring to a song?
My experience as a long time musician, and my myriad of influences, from Bossa Nova to House, to Metal.
What's your typical work process?
I will usually have a pre production meeting with an artist, to get a feel of where they're coming from, and what they want to hear from the finished product. From there, we start working, refining the idea and collaborating along the way.
Tell us about your studio setup.
On the PC side, I run Sonar Platinum, and Pro Tools 12 with plugins from Slate Digital, Waves, and others. My mixing console is a Slate MTi touchscreen. I use an ART MPA II preamp running to a Focusrite 18i20, with a selection of different mics.
On the Mac side, I run Logic Pro X with the same equipment.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Musicians and producers of all types, from Cage the Elephant and Sia, to Rick Rubin and Danger Mouse. I try to take something from every piece of music I hear and apply it to my own work.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work I do for clients is full production-a client will come in with a song, and we'll work together to produce from instruments through vocals.
The second most common work I do is vocal production. I will work with a client on everything from performance, to the main vocal track, to backgrounds and harmonies, if needed.