What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do you like my song? I'll always give an honest answer.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
It is important to have a vision for your own project. Even if you don't know how to achieve that vision (that's what I'm here for).
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Sting and Skrillex. They are very different artists - but the one thing they have in common is: they don't focus on one specific style, rather on constantly creating incredible new music without boundaries.
What do you bring to a song?
I help bring the creative vision to life.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a lot of different projects at the moment. I'm currently developing quite a few up&coming pop artists in NYC and LA. I also just finished co producing an album for the Brazilian band "Jota Quest" - together with Jerry Barnes and Nile Rodgers!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will always treat each song as if it was my own and make it sound as great as possible!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started working at a few different recording studios in Munich (Germany
Analog or digital and why?
I'm a fan of my hybrid setup between analogue outboard gear and "in the box". Technology has advanced so much those last few years and especially with all the latest UAD plug ins someone can create an incredible mix almost entirely digitally. However for the recording process you still need to use great analogue equipment.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception is that it's all about the greatest gear. By the end of the day it all depends on a great vision / good ears and skill set.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's the vision of the song? What was the inspiration? Sonic References? What's the timeline?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Mac Pro, UAD Apollo, Barefoot MM27s, Moog Little Phatty, Fender Strat (Nile Rodgers Signature Strat)
How would you describe your style?
Big and Powerful
What type of music do you usually work on?
I grew up listening to a,lot of different kinds of music and I'm still love working on a variety of styles - from Pop / Rock to EDM, HipHop all the way to film / trailer music
What's your strongest skill?
What's your typical work process?
I have a great assistant who starts by importing the files into Pro Tools, organizes the session, cleans up the edits, tunes the vocals, quantizes and adds drum samples (if necessary). Then I come into the picture. When the song is all in time and in tune. In a typical band production. I usually decide on the spot what the key elements to the song are and use that as the foundation to the song. Sometimes that can be the vocal - sometimes it makes more sense to build the rhythm section first and add the vocals later. My primary focus is always the feel and message of the song and that's what I'm focusing on. Once I'm happy with the foundation and feel of the song I'll go back and do some more of the specific automation and effects.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Software: Pro Tools HD, UAD Octo, Native Instruments, Waves Complete, Sonnox Complete, Ableton Live, Soundttoys
Speakers: Barefoot MM 27, Avantone Cubes, Sony XPlode Boombox
Hardware: Digidesign HDIO, Dangerous Monitor ST, Tubetech CL 1B, Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, 2x Distressors, AxeFX II XL, UAD Apollo, Virus TI Snow, Moog Little Phatty, Fender Twin 57, Diezel Einstein
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, Zedd, Cirkut, Michael Brauer, Serban Ghenea, Madeon, Flume, Noah Shebib
What do you like most about your job?
I love helping other people to achieve their musical dreams and goals.
Can you share one music production tip?
I think it is very important to always trust your first instinct when you make a decision about a song. I think it is very important to take the time to really learn your craft and but when it comes time to work on music someone must be able to forget about the technical aspects of the work - let it be second nature - and only focus on creating the best "feel" for the song.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common work I do for my clients is mixing and producing.