Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The above album. I recorded it at Soup Studios in London and it grew from what we originally recorded into the creation we finally agreed on.
What are you working on at the moment?
Just finished mixing a jazz / fusion / <genreless> album for UK drummer Moses Boyd
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Digitally controlled analog. The best of both worlds.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To try and be as true to their original vision as possible
What do you like most about your job?
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
"... can you make it sound like <current hot artist>?" I generally reply "... I can, but I'd rather make it sound like YOU!"
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That its easy. Conversely, that its not.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What did you see and hear in your mind when you first got this song. How can we
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Go with whoever believes in your project. If it feels like they just want your money, they probably do.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A mic, a digital recorder, a laptop, an acoustic and a set of headphones.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started making beats at a young age. I progressed to recording vocalists, then to Live and Studio mixing. I have a degree in Electronic Engineering so at times
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Prince. He seems to be artistically unrestrained.
Can you share one music production tip?
Feel before you think. Then think before you feel
What type of music do you usually work on?
A range. Anything from Gospel, through Jazz, blues through funk.
What's your strongest skill?
To be honest, its my people skills.
What do you bring to a song?
Honestly, passion, drive.
What's your typical work process?
Listen and feel, see the vision, then use only the tools necessary to achieve the goal. You MUST have a goal.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work out of a small, fully acoustically treated - bass traps, absorption panels, reflection free zone etc. - one room space. I run Logic Pro 9 / Logic X and Pro Tools 10 / 11, as well as Reason and Ableton. I use Komplete 9 and Maschine 2 for Midi programming.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dave Pensado, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson, Lauren Hill, Fred Hammond, Tina Turner, Bruce Swedien. Many others...
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Studio Recording, Editing and Mixing. I also do Live engineering and I do a lot of acoustic session work