What are you working on at the moment?
I am about to go into 4 records that will take me into the winter. Stoked!
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Because they are an amazing set of tools when used correctly.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise you will be happy with the work that I can do for your music.
What do you like most about your job?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I perform miracles.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
what are we all expecting to accomplish?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
email me and lets talk records and production, to see if we would be a good fit to work together.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
2. Neve 1272
5. Solar Power for gear.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started interning in 1996 at Time Bomb Records (No Doubt,Social Distortion). In 2001 I started interning at recording studios (the Record Plant Sausalito, CA and Hyde Street Studios SF,Ca). In 2005 I rented a production room at Hyde Street Studios (Studio D) till 2009 when I began to tour as a FOH engineer for No Use For A Name and Lagwagon (Fat Wreck Chords). Now since 2012 I have been a Studio Manager and the Chief Engineer for Fat Mike's studio, Motor Studios in San Francisco.
How would you describe your style?
I would like to think I am easy going and very openminded. I am always down to try something at least once!
Can you share one music production tip?
always make sure you are tuned up. duh.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I mainly work in Punk Rock, but have plenty of examples in Soul, Pop, Folk, Psych, Garage and Indy Rock.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is getting the best work out of an artist, knowing how far to push to get meaningful tracks and when to call a session when the artists can't work anymore. I like to keep it challenging, but not brutal. This is supposed to be fun right?
What's your typical work process?
Typically if I am producing a record, I have a pre production meeting to set up the plan of attack. Then demo the songs to listen to what we are working with (and btw, i totally can work with phone recordings). After that, I decide to track "Live" or separate everyone. This really depends on many factors. I track to either ProTools or analog tape, and after all the overdubs and editing/tuning/arranging etc, I mix.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run a 1900 Sq Foot SSL 4000 room in SF,Ca. There is a tracking room with two Isolation rooms and enough separation to track full bands live off the floor.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am inspired by anyone who has drive and passion for their art, but if I were to name drop I would have to go with Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Bill Stevenson, Prince, George Martin, Butch Vig, and Don Smith.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work that I do for my clients would be Record Production and Mixing.