Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I got a chance to work with a well-established audio engineer when recording an album for a christian rock band. He was able to give me some great feedback and helped me take my quality of work to the next level.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently producing my own EP album to be released in the summer of 2016.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
I believe very strongly in the combination of analog and digital being used in conjunction. Outboard analog gear is great for adding color and depth, but there is nothing that allows you to be more creative AND productive than an arrangement in a digital DAW.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to deliver a quality product that maximizes the potential of the recording.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the creativity involved. There is no right and wrong in audio engineering. There is only what sounds good.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Often times customers will ask me to export the track(s) we've been working on after every studio session. I always urge them to be patient. This is because in the past, they have taken the track back to their speaker system at home and analyze every detail of the song before i have had the chance to touch the mix. This becomes an issue after i end up putting hours of work into the project, and the customer comes back during the next recording session with big changes that really did not need to be made in the first place.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A lot of my friends call me a "DJ," which is not even close to the kind of work i do. I am a music creator, not a music player.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are you trying to accomplish with this project and what kind of sound are you looking for?
What were some of your influences when writing?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
There are some engineers out there with an endless list of professional studio gear, fancy facilities, etc... All of that stuff can be nice, but you have got to make sure they know how to operate the equipment that they are using properly. Knowledge and experience is as important if not more important than the gear in in the studio.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Give me an acoustic guitar, some sort of drum, a computer, an audio interface, and some speakers and I would be content.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started recording music for my own band around the age of 14. It was then that i realized that i wanted to do this for a career. Ever since then, i've been very focused and dedicated to music, recording albums for artists and bands in almost every genre for the next 8 years.
How would you describe your style?
My style is very grandiose and pleasing to the ear. I might take something such as a very natural sounding guitar, and add a huge reverb tail onto it to give it that "larger than life" kind of sound.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Coldplay has a style that I am very envious of. I would love to spend a session in the studio with the band to witness their creative production processes.
Can you share one music production tip?
Mixing is a series of very small but correct decisions. Be very cautious when making drastic changes to a mix, as it might not end up sounding anything like you wanted it to in the end.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I used to only work in the metal and pop-punk genre. I now mostly deal with high intensity electronic music.
What's your strongest skill?
I excel the most in the mixing process.
What do you bring to a song?
I can bring a great deal of depth to a mix, and can make sure that all of the instrumentation is present and heard in the mix, and in the correct place in the stereo spectrum.
What's your typical work process?
My work process differs based on the demands of the project.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use a variety of quality inboard and outboard gear, allowing me to add analogue color to my mixes, and tweak them in the digital realm for the best possible sound.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I was originally inspired by the works of Joey Sturgis and Chris Lord Alge. I now enjoy listening to the production and mixing techniques of many electronic and EDM artists such as Avicii, Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
In the past, I have been recording, mixing and mastering full projects.