Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Every project is important to me.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I'm finishing production an a few projects and mixing and mastering other projects.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I don't know just of yet since this is new to me.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. End of discussion.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My promise to all my clients is to do the very best I can do to deliver their music while striving to surpass their expectations.
What do you like most about your job?
I love working with good people that are passionate about their music. Their gratitude is what makes me happy.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
I'm often asked can I pull off live drums, live bass, live strings, live horns? It's yes. But it's all within reason of the sample libraries and the limitations of the recordings, articulations, samples and scripting.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception of what I do is good work doesn't just happen. It takes time to get everything right.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What I normally ask new and current clients is what do you want. At the end of the day my clients hire me to work on their music, not mine. All I can do is offer my talent and expertise.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure you love music and understand the value a professional as myself has to offer.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Well on a dessert who cares about a computer, and there's no electricity. So I'd say my grand piano, upright piano, acoustic guitar, drum kit and an upright bass. Now if he had electricity and could record and make music well, a computer but that's necessity so it doesn't count. U67, 1073, NI Komplete, Slate Plugins and Amphions.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I grew up playing classical piano and at the age of twelve I started programming movie scores and songs for fun. I fell in love with Jazz as a kid but never got into it till I was seventeen. After a ton of gigs music production and engineering fell into my lap and I've stuck with it ever since. I've been doing this for over fifteen years now.
How would you describe your style?
My style is do whatever the song tells me to do. Though in everything I do I try to squeeze in musicality. Progressions, melody, counter melody, harmonic structure, slick composition parts and lines, arrangement and rhythmic patterns are at the top of my list. Music First!
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I just met Herbie Hancock and I'd love to work with him. He's one of the Jazz legends I look up to. Another would be Stevie Wonder. I shouldn't have to explain that lol.
Can you share one music production tip?
The one production tip that I would give to everyone is, if the production isn't coming together then strip it down and go back to the song. If you allow the song to guide you it'll come together.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I typically get hired to produce and mix Pop, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Singer Songwriter and World/Reggae.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill would have to be my musical taste with the ability to pull out the best of everyone and everything I work on.
What do you bring to a song?
What I can bring to a song is a good ear, knowledge, experience and the tools to get it from an idea to a reality.
What's your typical work process?
When producing I make sure the song is on point first. If not, I try to help it out and give suggestions. Once the song is there I first start by composing and arranging rough ideas of all the musical parts. Then I'll add the drums and bass and see how everything is working with each other. My goal is to always make things as musical as they can be.
When mixing I start by cleaning out all the tracks so they're free from clicks, pops, line and floor noise or any other distracting background content. Then I usually start mixing with the bass and vocals first. From there I introduce the tracks one by one that play the most important roles in the song. Eventually drums get mixed last with me. I typically print reverb from my Briacsti and use that for nice acoustic spaces, and plugins for every other effect.
Tell us about your studio setup.
For my studio setup I tried to make it fairly streamlined. I sold all the keyboards and sound modules. Every sound library I could ever want is on my computer now with an endless supply of all the great plugins. While mixing I incorporate analog summing with a few 2Buss character units.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm inspired by everyone that's great at what they do.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work I get hired for is production, mixing and mastering.