You have a song that you want to make sound like it came straight down from heaven through the speakers? You want it to have a fat bottom end with magic and sparkle on top? You want your song to be radio quality, professionally mixed and mastered? You want it to SOUND BETTER than your competition? I'M YOUR GUY. Listen to my previous work!
I started my career in Los Angeles, California many years ago as a production assistant for Grammy Award Winning Producer K.C. Porter (Santana, Ricky Martin, Selena, Album of the Year for Santana's Supernatural Album). I worked with him in his home studio in Hidden Hills as well as tracking and recording at Capitol Records. The time I spent with K.C. was transformative for me. I got a feel for the business and met some studio legends at Capitol where I was able to learn from the pros as they did their thing.
After I left K.C.'s mentorship I struck out on my own as an independent artist producing my own music and moved to Hawaii. I also began re-mixing and mixing other artists material. Doing this brought me back to the days I worked with K.C. and re-kindled my passion for Mixing and Mastering. I love sitting behind the faders tweaking each track to perfection to make a song sound as incredible as it can be. That's my flow state where I can lose myself in the music for hours and time stands still. The results speak for themselves, take a listen to some of the tracks I have recently worked on here in my studio in Maui, Hawaii (Paradise Sound Studios) and book a session today!
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Interview with Paradise Sound Hawaii
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished some new edgy EDM tracks for The Shadow which are now available on all the streaming services. I produced, mixed and mastered the new releases New One and Basin. Go check them out!!!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm pretty eclectic and like to work in almost every genre. Lately I've been working on Pop, EDM, Folk, Latin, Rock and Hip Hop.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring personality, character and years of experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to get a good understanding of what my client wants and the type of sound they like before getting in to the mix. I will ask for tracks the artists likes or aspires to sound like and take it from there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently Mixing and Mastering 100% in the box with UAD LUNA, API Console and Icon Pro G2 DAW Mixing Controller Hardware. Other Hardware: UAD Apollo X6 UAD Apollo Twin Avantone Mix Cubes Yamaha HS8 + HS8S Sub Icon Pro G2 Daw Controller Audio Technica ATH-M50-X Headphones Capitol Records Edition Ultimate Ears IEMs (custom in-ear monitors) Sonarworks Speaker Calibration System
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing, Mixing and Mastering
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just finished working on a girl power Pop track that was really fun.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not currently.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I started with Analog and Recording to Tape. Analog is still valid, but you no longer need a million dollars worth of analog gear to make professional, "radio quality" music. Many of the popular songs you hear on the radio and streaming are done 100% in the box.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will make your music sound better.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working on great music all day!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How loud can you make this? / How loud do you want it?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: When I tell people I Mix and Master records they think I'm a DJ lol. For the record, I am not a DJ.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of sound are you going for with this track? What are some other artists or songs would you like it to sound like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the providers past work. If you like how it sounds, go for it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: UAD Apollo X6 UAD Apollo Twin Avantone Mix Cubes Icon Pro G2 Daw Controller Audio Technica ATH-M50-X Capitol Records Edition Ultimate Ears IEMs (custom in-ear monitors)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out working as a production assistant for legendary producer KC Porter. The time I spent mentoring with him was incredible and I got to work at his amazing home studio as well as Capitol Records. After I stopped working with KC I moved to Hawaii and started Paradise Sound Studios.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Bold and Aggressive but never taking it too far.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dua Lipa. Love her vocals and her production team is killing it right now.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: High Pass Everything.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Nailing the vocal sound, getting the bottom end kick and bass hitting properly.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Artists: Dua Lipa, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Billy Eilish Producers/Mix Engineers: Rob Kalinski, Tony Maserati, Vance Powell, Andrew Schepps, KC Porter, Chris Lorde Alge