What are you working on at the moment?
Staying warm in this winter weather.
What type of music do you usually work on?
EDM - Singer Songwriter - Hip-Hip - Pop - Rap - Rock - Funk - Soloist - Country - Screemo/Hardcore - Metal - Trance - House - Minimal - Grunge
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a small in the box set up mostly listening through EV Sentry 100’s. LogicPro on a macbook pro. I also have access to several amazing studios in Los Angeles.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I really love the material I did with Nikka Costa. I did song writing and production with her and Justin Stanley.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will make revisions until everyone is happy.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I think sometimes people want their music to sound like someone else. I don't copy other productions, I make original productions.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Just know about file types, bit depth, sample rate and how to get your tracks and ideas transferred in an organized fashion. Understand the stylistic direction your going for and let the song be what it is from there.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Burl Mothership - NEVE 1073 - Neumann M49 - Bricasti M7 - Roland TR-808
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I grew up singing in a private choir school, started playing percussion in 6th grade and played drums in marching band / jazz Band throughout Jr High and high school. Picked up audio sampling at age 16 and picked up the guitar and bass at age 18. Played in several rock and cover bands. I've been in music production and songwriting for 15 years.
How would you describe your style?
Eclectic and Experimental
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I can work with anyone. I love enhancing every type of music so I'm not picky in this area.
What's your strongest skill?
Making coffee -
What do you bring to a song?
Great melodies, meaningful lyrics, an ear for groove and timing, poetic emphasis, world class samples, balanced levels and a lot of gritty energy.
What's your typical work process?
I'll listen to the original demo and take notes on my first impression of what might need adjustment. From there I build from the bottom up with drums, bass and the rhythm section. For me timing and feel are first and foremost before introducing a vocal to the mix. Must be "in pocket" before anything else. Then make sure the edits are done, make sure everything is in tune and send out a first round mix to the artist. If it's a production from scratch I'll just start listening to sounds until something inspires me and it just flows out from there.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I serve the artist by helping them organize their thoughts and maintain focus on stylistic direction. Bringing strengths to the forefront and trimming the "fat" I've had success in helping musicians with lyrical clarity and adding depth to production for a more engaging sound. I've been using Melodyne for for several years to tune vocals in a natural sounding way. My job is to bring out the part of your music that connects emotionally with the listener.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Lee Hazlewood / Paul McCartney / BloodShy and Avant / Dave Pensado / Rupert Neve / Jaycen Joshua / David Bowie / Timothy Mosley / Tom Petty / Quincy Jones / Paramore / Zedd / Bob Dylan /
What do you like most about your job?
Having a breakthrough in the production process and head bobin' when it's feelin' right.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Whats your story? Whats your musical back round? Where do you hope to present your finished work?
Can you share one music production tip?
Use your ears, not your eyes.