Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The latest Karhu album. It's just been such a blast, I was in charge of mixing, mastering, production, editing etc.
What are you working on at the moment?
Just finished up the latest Karhu album releasing August 29th 2015.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I'm new here sorry!!!!
Analog or digital and why?
Digital with analog emulation. It's cheaper and quicker, more reliable, and cheaper. Does it sound worse? No actually it sounds flawless, the things we like about analog are the imperfections. It's up to use to bring those back into digital to stop it sounding so sterile.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That it's gonna kick some serious ass!
What do you like most about your job?
Feeling a mix come together and seeing the response from clients.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
When will you have it done by? Can you do it cheaper? I respond with within 2 weeks and no. It takes me multiple hours PER TRACK to mix it for you. Which is done on £1000's of gear, years of experience and with top respect for your craft. Let's be fair here and treat each other with the same level of respect.
You've spent the same on your craft, so don't gig for free.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
that it's quick and easy. An average mix can take 5+ hours to get down with everything automated and sorted correctly. Then you have to go back a day or so later to recheck it with fresh ears. It's long hours and hard work. BUT I LOVE IT :D
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What vibe are you after (other bands they like the osund of etc)? Ok cool I'll send it over in a week or so. Hahaha!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Are you serious about your craft? Then treat it seriously and hire a professional. Am I the right guy for you? Listen to my mixes and drop me a line, let's chat. But above all, regardless of me. Treat your music and hard work with the respect it deserves.
Hire a professional.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Guitar, Infinite Power source, A Phone With Signal, Axe FX and Headphones.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started doing studio sound in College, moved to live sound for a few years (worked Glastonbury festival in 2014) and from about 3 years ago have been setup as a full time studio guy, dipping into live when needed by other contractors.
How would you describe your style?
Punchy, Aggressive, Dynamic and clear.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Meshuggah! Why the hell not! They kick serious ass!
Can you share one music production tip?
Mix in mono until you need to move to stereo at the end to check panning. ;)
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock / Metal
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
I aim to be as transparent as possible. I want to bring everything and nothing to people's music. I want people to hear the music and just think "wow, this band is killer". And at the same time I want people to know that working with me gets them a killer mix which they can love and be proud ot push out there.
What's your typical work process?
Load up the song, get the levels right in mono. work out what needs to be done and do it hahaha!
Tell us about your studio setup.
Sound proofed, decoupled speakers (sitting on industry killing ISOAcoustic stands) and Yamaha HS80m's. I use Steven Slate, Fabfilter and Waves plugins pretty much exclusively.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Joey Sturgis, Andy Sneap, Eyal Levi, CLA.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Clients send me their stems / songs for me to mix or master. If I'm mixing I do mastering included in the price.