Of the thousands of records I've Produced, Mixed and Mastered, the one EVERYONE has surely heard is the hit single from Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION..."Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon". i am KRAMER, founder of SHIMMY-DISC, producer of LOW, GALAXIE 500, WILL OLDHAM... Nowadays, I spend most of my time on my own music, and on MIXING & MASTERING.
The MASTERING process BEGINS in the technical realm with all the bells & whistles & meters & graphs & analyzers you've surely heard about, both analog and digital. It has a thousand points of light, and all must be given full attention and due diligence.
The MASTERING process ENDS in one place and one place only; the Heart & Soul of the Listener.
MUSIC isn't something you can touch. Like all other Arts, it's an EXPERIENCE. Only an Artist can hear what elements are hidden (or perhaps even MISSING), and manipulate your mix to more accurately reflect YOUR original intentions.
A technician can make technical alterations to your work, but just as a Record Producer is an Artist who can help you articulate your ideas in the recording studio, a Mastering Engineer should be an Artist who can help you fill in the final colors that make your vision and hard work in the studio COMPLETE.
You're an Artist. When searching for the best choice in Mastering, why focus solely on the technology?
Music is an ART. So is MASTERING.
Sometimes it's my job to conduct major surgery to make your mix a cohesive whole. But sometimes, my job is to just make it sound BETTER. I know when to dig deep, and I know when to just work subtle changes. If you're already 99% there, I'll gently nudge your music up to 100%. If you have major issues, we'll work together to make things right.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
- Butthole Surfers
- King Missile
- Pussy Galore
- PENN & TELLER
- ALICE DONUT
- ROYAL TRUX
- HALF JAPANESE
- EMILY RODGERS
- Dot Allison
- XAN TYLER
- DUSTY STRAY
- Jad Fair
- DANIELSON FAMILIE
- ALLEN GINSBERG
- THE FUGS
- Will Oldham
- Daniel Johnston
- R. STEVIE MOORE
- Jeffrey Lewis
- DAMON & NAOMI
- Galaxie 500
- The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Reviews (115)Endorse MASTERED BY KRAMER
Amazing quality. No adjustments needed, and we are very picky. Fast turn around and very easy to communicate with. Kramer is a legend!
Kramer is a passionate musician producer mastering engineer and all around creative force. Working with him was one of the highlights of my recent project. He’s enthusiastic, encouraging, and experienced, the triple Eee’s. Great guy. 👍👍
Kramer mastered a 5 Track EP for my band. Turn around was quick and the results were great!
Super prompt response and willing to cater to my needs at short notice (making time especially). Clear in communicating the mastering process and where tweaks were made, I appreciated the detail and quality of the finished product.
Very easy to work with. Fast turnaround. Professional as it gets.
Fast turn-around, great sound. Thanks for a great finished product.
Kramer is my go to guy for Mastering my music. He’s doing my entire debut album. Great guy, and amazing at his craft. What more could you ask for?
Friendly, profecional, fast, open minded!
I 'm glad for this first collaboration! I will come back to him for sure...Absolutly he worths 5/5 gold stars rating!!!
It was wonderful working with Kramer and he gave the right touch to the songs and the finalized version of my project is now perfect thanks to him! I’ll definitely work with Kramer should I have another project!!
Kramer has given me an AMAZING sounding product. I would not hesitate to work with him again. He genuinely cares about giving you - nothing but the very best! He is a very passionate artist to say the least. His work ethic and products - WILL surpass your expectations. I HIGHLY recommend him to all my musician friends.
Kramer did a fantastic job, understood my vision, and got the job done quick. I'm looking forward to working with him more in the future.
Kramer is the real deal. Ive never worked with someone who is so clear, concise and quick! I received my single mastered in less than a day with amazing results. Def recommend! I'll be finishing my album with him.
Quick turn around great result , Musical mastering kept my song intact and made it punchy also brought some of the colours out from hiding . good work
Great and quick turnaround!
We worked together to get the sound my band wanted. Kramer knew exactly what to do and was very flexible and always had great recommendations. Couldn't be happier and I can't wait to work with him in the future!
Freaky Fast with responses, personable and will go above and beyond for his clients. Puts in extra time to ensure TOTAL customer satisfaction. The mix I sent became alive after sending it for Mastering and I'm confident for the upcoming release thanks to this man.
Great individual, great communication and amazing work.
Kramer is, simply put, the Man. He knows exactly what to do to make your song sound the best. It was a real pleasure to work with him. Fast turnaround, and an amazing final result!
Mastered has delivered beautiful Master - full of live and dynamics but still loud and coherent. He sensed immediately what were my intentions. Highly recommended PRO
Very nice job!!! Kramer has a great ear and was very patient, professional and fast. He knew exactly what to do to improve my recordings. Thanks much.
Shining personality, true professional, true artist, unpretentious, fast turnaround, fantastic sounding master. I'll definitely be back!
Excellent work, KRAMER is the Man :-), very fast turnaround but AA++product.
Excellent work as usual!
Kramer did an outstanding work, is a truly artist with a great sense of sound. The mastering work was quite excellent, it was really fast and professional!. I strongly recommend working with Kramer!
Awesome to work with.
Very fast, delivered exactly what I needed!
Great results from someone who obviously cares about the work they do! Highly recommended.
Kramer managed yet another time to bring magic to our mixes. He opened up the tracks, brought a finishing touch with a glimmering spark to it - and by doing so upgraded the mixes to the highest level of masters, bringing pleasure and joy to the masses.
It´s been a really big pleasure to work with KRAMER together on this big exotic project. He is a great mastering artist, a professional of a highest level, very creative and extremely friendly. I´ll be happy to work with him together again very soon - highly recommended!!!
KRAMER did an outstanding job of mastering my remix today, and he even took the trouble to work me into his busy schedule and got the job done in record time. I am so happy with KRAMER's work, I will definitely be back for more jobs soon!
So awesome Great work .
Excellent, conscientious mastering artist, this guy! I'm very pleased with the results of his quick, reasonably priced and well-reasoned handiwork. Highly recommended!
My second time working with Kramer was as great as the first. He has an exceptional work ethic and makes the job his top priority. Very much looking forward to having him mix and master my next project!
I am very happy with the mastering Kramer has done on the track. The work was completed quickly and professionally with a good level of feedback and communication. I will definitely seek to work with Kramer again.
Kramer is a true professional, and working with him was super easy. He provided clear instructions and guidance, and delivered high-quality masters in a timely manner. Always courteous and quick to respond to messages. I am very glad I found him on here, and will definitely be working with him on future releases!
This work was fast and extreme quality!!!! This was terrific!
Super quick responses + an amazing master
Kramer is professional, delivers high-quality mastering, does it fast & is polite & clear when communicating. And he does all this at an affordable price. Glad to have found him through this page!
Quick turnaround and plenty of technical assistance in getting it right from the beginning. Great job!
Another great sounding master! Kramer is awesome to work with and very quick to respond and get your tracks back to you. You'll love his work!
Great communication, fast responses, and awesome sounding masters. Pleasure to work with.
Enjoyed working with Kramer. Good experience - fast and professional service, asks lots of insightful questions and takes the client's direction to the letter. Would recommend and work with again.
Kramer has an incredible ear for music!! Responded quickly and was very professional(and personable). Most of all, his work is brilliant! Looking forward to working with him in the near future
MASTERED BY KRAMER has mastered many of my songs, about 9 so far, and each time he takes great care to ensure that I am completely satisfied and happy with the final product. So far each job as been better than the one before, and I am completely satisfied, happy and blown away by the work of MASTERED BY KRAMER. Thanks again!!
I needed a master within two hours and Kramer came through with it. His engineering really pulled the track together.
I came to KRAMER with another song today, and he took the time out of his busy day to do another "MASTERFUL" job with my mix!! I don't really understand how he can do what he does, I'm just VERY HAPPY to have discovered KRAMER at SoundBetter.com - he's the BEST!!
Good work a very fast turn around I needed my master with in 24 HRS for a show and it was done with in a few HRS, And it was a, A+++++ project.
Once again, KRAMER came through for me with the mastering of my most recent song. He really cares that I end up with a final product that I'll love - and so far he has never disappointed me. I'll be returning to KRAMER every time I have a new mix ready to be mastered!!
KRAMER has done another outstanding job mastering my mix!! I have never been disappointed with his work, and I will continue to return for more jobs - Thanks Again KRAMER!!
We are delighted with Karmer's work. He has given the tracks a real presence and warmth which we are very happy with. He was a joy to deal with and we would definitely work with him again.
KRAMER just re-mastered a couple of my songs after I worked out some new vocals and lyrics. They sound even BETTER than the first time he did them, which was AMAZING. I can't believe what a SUPER job he does on mastering my songs. I'm sold on KRAMER!!
Excellent work, performed by a professional.
Kramer went the extra mile (or two, even) to suggest the additional version of the mastered file.
I really like his approach to music. In the end all that matters is the artistic task that your song fulfills. And that is exactly what this guys is working with. A true find!
We were very happy with the mastreing by Kramer. He opened the mix up, making it a pleasure to listen but it still had the dynamix we worked so hard for. Excellent job.
Kramer just mastered my fifth song, and he has not disappointed me yet. His work is STELLAR, and truly easy to work with. I would definitely recommend KRAMER if you need a mastering engineer with superior gear and a great ear!!
Kramer has worked on several songs for me now, and each time he has been an excellent communicator, and he does stellar mastering with impressive turn-around times. I will be back again and again - KRAMER is the BEST!!
KRAMER went above and beyond the call on this job. He not only mastered my songs to perfection, he accomplished them in record time!! I am totally pleased with his work, and would recommend KRAMER to anyone interested in a finished song you can be proud of - Thanks Again KRAMER!!!
Kramer did a superb job on the remaster of a project we did recently, and in record time!! His skill and expertise will keep me coming back for more! Thanks again Kramer!!
The master you produced on this job is FLAWLESS! It is above and beyond my wildest expectations, and the same day service was phenomenal!! KRAMER, you really outdid yourself this time, covering up my flaws, and bringing out the very best in my mix. Thank You a thousand times!!!
This was my second time working with Kramer. His attention to detail is amazing and he makes anything you send him sound so much better.
He did an excellent job. The mastering was done within a couple of hours. That's fast! Mastered track sounded really good. This my go to guy for mastering.
If your looking for true mastering professional, look no further. Kramer has the skills, gear, talent and ears to get the job done. My songs sound freakin incredible. Good luck and keep Rockin!
Fast and brillant. Will work with KRAMER again.
I was totally impressed with Mastered by Kramer, from start to finish of my project. They contacted me within an hour of my request, presented a proposal to master my song by the next day, and then delivered on time. The master I received was fantastic, and really blew me away. These people really know what they are doing!!
The best experience! Kramer is the master!
Turn around time was incredibly fast, but more importantly, the end product sounds truly outstanding. We'll be sure to work again in the future, and have already recommended him to other bands.
Kramer is the master of mastering!! I was struck by how attentive he was to immersing himself in our songs so that he could find the right balance of everything for the entire project. You could go to guys who charge a whole lot more, and don't give you that attention to detail. So do yourself a favor, and work with Kramer today!!
After doing a blind AB with another master that I received, I knew within the first 30 seconds that this was the best master. And it was Kramer's! Thanks Mar with a C for the recommendation, and thank you Kramer for doing what you do and for your turnaround time. Holy crap! How do you do things so quickly?
Fast delivery and excellent job!
as always, you have made our songs that extra bit perfect!! Thank you so much I can't WAIT to work with you again!
Great attention to detail, dealt with old mixes from the 90s and managed to make them stand up to todays music. Lovely demeanor, chill but passionate. Would definitely hire him again especially for anything ROCK.
Super nice and friendly but also a great engineer. Did an awesome job!
A chance encounter with KRAMER turned into what I believe will be a lifelong music relationship. Not only did he master my tracks with natural skill & precision — he also has a deep love for true artistry in music that is evident in his work and communication. Undeniably a genius Producer that you will want to work with if you have the opportunity.
Fantastic & professional mastering work completed quickly and accurately. KRAMER has an ear for music and is able to bring out those little nuances in a song that bring out the best.
Kramer is a genius. He can take a good song and turn it into a great one - a real piece of art. He really understood what we wanted and gave us a lot more than we ever expected. His dedication, brilliance, enthusiasm, vision and a great sense of humour is what makes us want to work with him again. We look forward to a creative future together!
After my first experience with Kramer, I wouldn't look anywhere else finding a top mastering solution for my work.
I had one of my best musical experiences working with Kramer. It's astounding to see an individual so dedicated and so efficient create such beautiful work. I rate him at the highest possible level that one could. Extremely professional and the final product was impeccable.
It was wonderful to hear the differences made in having our songs mastered by someone as good as Kramer. What I love the most is his artistic passion in bringing out the soul of the song. Cant wait to hear the differences in the rest of the songs he will be mastering for us.
MR. Kramer thank you very much for a great job, the mix was respected and a great sound quality was achieved, I'm happy to throw my new song now.
Working with Kramer was a breeze, and he did great work! I was glad I chose him, and I'll definitely be working with him again in the future!
KRAMER did a truly amazing job mastering the new Los Wrangos 4 track EP. The turnaround was prompt and he delivered the master within only a day. He understood the music and what needed to be done. Friendly communication. I really recommend this guy to work on your projects!!
Well, what can you say? Kramer really polished my baby and now she shines with the sun.
Kramer was a breeze to work with. He got it perfect on the first round, was super quick and also very friendly! 10/10. I will definitely be a returning customer.
Kramer really made a difference with my music, bringing depth and further presence to it. He listened to the emotional/aesthetic qualities I wanted for the tracks and quickly 'finished' them in line with these. Communication was easy and I totally recommend his services.
Kramer is an outstanding professional!. He did an excellent and fast work of mastering!. I am amazed with the huge quality of the sound!, a truly artist of mastering.
Mr. Kramer did an extraordinary and professional work!. It was truly extraordinary!. His work was so fast an with a huge quality. I strongly recommend working with Kramer!.
Kramer made it possible to make us sound 'warm' as if we were a 60s band and 'thick' as if we were today's top notch.
Top notch! Our recording was greatly improved by Kramer's mastering expertise. He executed it with speed and precision while remaining in very close and detailed communication. He is a patient, courteous,and thorough professional with great musical sensitivity and sensibility. A real pleasure and I look forward to working with him again!
Well KRAMER is definitely THE MAN! How can you be so on point, fast, funny, nice and visionary? I wonder, it's everything KRAMER is, in a few hours he brought my track to life, he even added something that words can't describe like "LIGHT". In a twist he removed the harshness of my voice and made the song touch your SOUL!
Great guy, quick response and open to working with you on what you need. Will most definitely be adding to a list of reputable mastering engineers. Thanks!
Kramer mixed and mastered my second record. He turned the piece into something so beautiful I barely recognized it. I just finished my third record. We were so pleased with Kramer's work that we hired him to fly to our city and produce. It was an amazing experience. I can't imagine I'll ever make a record without Kramer again.
KRAMER has worked on every record we've released since day 1 and that has been for the better part of a decade. For five albums he has either mastered, mixed and or produced our music. He's fast, but thorough and understands what it's like on both sides of the glass, most importantly...his ears...his ears can hear what you want to get out your head
There are few music professionals that are in the same league as Kramer. In addition to his impeccable technical mastery, Kramer is a true Producer in the classic sense, in that he has a vision for a record and he knows how to effortlessly create an atmosphere where artists can capture great, inspired performances to make it all come to life. Kra
Kramer really listens. You get the best possible result when you work with him because he cares about music, it's what he's done his entire life... how priceless is that? I've had 4 records mastered by him, worth every penny. Don't be a dolt -- run to KRAMER!
I was "in the weeds" with mastering an upcoming album. Kramer was able to turn my problems into mere memories, mastering my album with just the right touch, and making it sound exactly as I'd envisioned in my head with his patented magic. Do not walk, RUN to Kramer to master your record. He gets it.
We sent Kramer an album's worth of '90s cassette transfers and random junk (murky demos, hastily thrown-up live soundboard recordings, even a couple of things dubbed off old videotapes!) and he somehow turned them into a real record. He let the stuff be what it was, but managed to max out every drop of fidelity. Miraculous!
Kramer is a very special artist. He is very creative, unique, thorough and professional. He's also very funny and easy to communicate with. He recorded, mixed and mastered my record and I look forward to working with him again.
KRAMER is the best. Hands down. There isn't even a close second place in my opinion. He has done work for my record label in many different genres and the end result was ALWAYS the same. Amazing and brilliant. Every time i receive a master back from him, i am stunned by how great it sounds. And he TRULY CARES about your music.
* SPOILER ALERT*
This producer extraordinaire:
- will make songs come alive
- will make audiences cry
- will make album sound like warm bath
First time I worked with Kramer, he managed to make a multiple studio/style EP sound like a whole. Second time he flew to the Netherlands, and together we excavated the best work I’ve ever made.
I've been working with Kramer for most of my music career and he never ceases to amaze me. He is an extremely talented, passionate, and gifted artist. When you hire Kramer to do your mastering you're not just getting a first-rate mastering engineer, you're also getting that gifted artist helping to make your creation become your masterpiece.
He doesn’t compromise on anything. He is an artist and gives it everything he has and sees it through 200%. He personally invests in the work. For example, we were very happy with a master and still he still listened to it through 10 different systems and made tweaks. Anyone else would have taken the easy way...but they aren't Kramer.
I had a blast working with Kramer! He's a real artist with great aesthetic taste, technical know-how, flexibility, and generosity. As a maker of detail-oriented music, I felt like he was on my team, that he listened to all my needs and we achieved the best possible result.
Kramer rocks! He's done a wonderful job mastering a double album for me. He was quick and brought out the hidden sounds that needed to be unearthed.
SHIMMY-DISC records in the college rock heyday of the late 1980s & early 1990s... JAD FAIR, DANIEL JOHNSTON, HALF JAPANESE... The list is huge of the lo-fi alumni KRAMER made sound wonderful...
All culminating in th genius GALAXIE 500 recordings & the LOW LPs...
do your music a favor & pay this man to give it the attention & brilliance it deserv
This man is a bona fide genius. Extremely rare to have access to such a talent in this industry.
If you don't believe me just listen to anything off of Shimmy Disc or Second Shimmy or any of the hundreds of songs produced by this phenomenon of a man.
KRAMER's work is exceptional & well notated in the the history of independent music... His early work with acts like THE BUTTHOLE SURFERS, SHOCKABILLY, & even GWAR showed an amazing ability to capture the beauty & clarity of even the most far out sounds...
With years of discovering new sounds while he recorded acts for his SHIMMY-DISC (continued )
I was fortunate to start working with Kramer in 1996 when he produced a Danielson Famile record. We have been working together ever since. Kramer's combination of spontaneity, attention to detail, humor, demand for excellence, passion, and those golden ears that just won't quit, will take your songs somewhere they never could've gone without him.
Hifiklub worked with KRAMER on two different projects, from recording to mastering, from production to mixing. Amazing experience, amazing results. Let's do some more.
I worked with Kramer twice and it's been great,insanely great.
No matter if you hire him as producer or engineer: he's great.
Know why? Because he LISTEN to your music!
You first will hire his talent (and his ears and experience) as musician/artist and THEN his great skills as engineer. And believe me: it makes a huge difference!
I was a huge fan of what he did for some bands (to especify, Galaxie 500 is my favourite band EVER and I love Dan Johnston 1990 and Low, to name a few) and I just got this to measure, BUT when I heard his mastering job of our first EP for the first time...My Lads, I pluged moon into my ears. Thats why we asked him to produce our next record.
Kramer's reputation precedes him and most will know he's legit in talent and hard work. I have worked with Kramer several times and he always impresses me. The bio above is highly edited from what his true resume would look like. Every record he's worked on for me has come back far better than it left. Don't waste time and money, go to Kramer!
Kramer has ears unlike anyone I've ever heard. He not only is a recording and mastering wizard, he understands dynamic instrumentation, orchestration, vocal arranging, depth of field, placement and quality of sonic production in a completely intuitive way (he also studied with some of the best people out there).His knowledge of music is astounding.
Kramer is a genius. He knows how to pull the best of my talents out of me. He's both warm hearted and brutally honest. He works fast and at the same time is standards are impeccably exact. I trust him completely with my songs.
Kramer is the ultimate producer. He recorded, mixed and mastered albums for me. He's intuitive, creative, inspiring and meticulous. And he always gets an incredible sound. When I chose him to do my mastering, my record label was so blown-away by the results that they hired him to master other artists. Also a very friendly guy!
Ain't no one else like Kramer. Your work will only benefit from his involvement. Ears like bats and a long line of records to prove that. We only ever feel comfortable recording with him.
Working with Kramer was an incredible experience. He did such a great job on our last record that we asked him to produce our next one in addition to mixing and mastering it. With Kramer you get years of experience, a deep love and understanding of music, a wealth of creative insight, and someone that will be completely immersed in your project.
Talk to KRAMER!
Because this guy is more than a musician / producer / mastering engineer. He is a savant who will connect to you and your project in a deep way. You'll get results that with MOVE your audiences. Trust me.
Interview with MASTERED BY KRAMER
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm equally proud of everything i've done that has made the artist 100% happy. It'd be impossible to single out just one.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a film version of my debut solo release; a triple-LP...THE GUILT TRIP. you can see the last chapter on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/136735299
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The original Universal Audio "610" tube mixing console designed by Bill Putnam (think BEACH BOYS "PET SOUNDS"), and 4 Universal Audio LA2's. 1 + 4 = 5.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If you want to make great recordings, you need great mics. for that, you go to Michael Joly. JOLY ENGINEERING has been the single most significant factor in increasing the quality of my recordings as a producer. For hundreds of dollars, he give you mics worth thousands. No one else comes close, and the cost is shockingly affordable.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: This can be a real bait-and-switch issue. Obviously, mastering is finalized in the digital realm. But just as obviously, analog recordings SOUND best, so, in my opinion (and keep in mind that ALL of this is nothing more than "OPINIONS"), analog recordings make the best sounding masters. And any mastering engineer who tells you that one is better than the other is like a fortune teller saying what they think you want to hear. The only PURE ANALOG mastering is when you bring a TAPE to a vinyl cutting lab and your music goes straight from tape to lacquer. Otherwise your music is mastered in & out of the digital realm, and don't believe for a second that the results are dictated by the quality (or COST) of the gear employed in the process. trust me when i tell you that the results you get are just as dependent on the EARS behind the process, and usually more so.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll get what you want. And if you don't really know for certain what that is, I'll help you to find it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The collaborative similarities between producing, and mastering. When I get on a plane and fly to Corsica to produce an LP at a music museum on top of a mountain (as i did in 2012 with a band called HIFIKLUB), i work side by side with the musicians for days on end, from noon til midnight. Despite the language barrier, I get to know each musician's desires intimately. In mastering, sometimes, even though i never get to meet the artist whose music i'm working on, I can get the same feeling. COLLABORATION, in its numerous forms, is what i like most about my job. in fact, i LOVE it. It's the only reason i'm still doing this.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I'm most commonly asked about the difference between CD mastering and VINYL mastering. The answer is simple, but the results can be complex. My feeling is that if your CD sounds completely different from your vinyl, somebody fucked up.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Astonishingly, some people actually think that mastering is mixing. I've actually been asked to remove things from the mix, or raise the snare drum +8db, or "kill all the backing vocals". Strange, but true.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: "Do you think it's OK to kiss on the first date, providing that both persons are reasonably mature and..." -Woody Allen
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: TALK to the people you're considering hiring before you hire them. get them on the phone. if they don't have the time or interest in talking to you about your music and what you're hoping to get out of mastering, they obviously also don't have the time or interest in your music. a mastering engineer should be ANXIOUS to talk to you. If they can't talk to you BEFORE you hire them, how can you expect them to talk to you once you've received your masters and you're not happy? It's YOUR money. The way i see it, you should be comfortable about what you're spending it on BEFORE you spend it.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out playing in bands in the 1980's (The Fugs, Shockabilly, Half Japanese, The Butthole Surfers) and 1990's (Ween, Bongwater, etc). I bought my first recording studio NOISE NEW YORK in 1985 and then founded my record label SHIMMY-DISC in 1987. In 1992 I bought a 24track state-of0the-art recording facility, NOISE NEW JERSEY. I've been a producer for 30 years and a mastering engineer since 2003.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Brian Wilson. You know why.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't THINK too much. Don't LABOUR over your ideas. They will come all by themselves, if you stop trying to force it. Work in the studio the same way you work when writing a song. It should be easy, and it should also be fun. If it feels too much like WORK, you need to stake a break, and come back some other time. And HONOR YOUR MISTAKES as potentially hidden intentions. The brain works on many levels. The CREATIVE brain works in hidden ways. Don't instantly kill something you think is a "mistake". Listen to it again, and then again. It may not be exactly what you'd intended to play, but it may also be far better than your original intention. Give it a chance. In Art, MISTAKES are where the real treasures are buried.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with a lot of alt-rock artists but I have also enjoyed mastering urban music, hip-hop, rap, heavy metal, death-rock. Some of my favorite mastering is for solo artists and singer-songwriters whose mixes require the most subtle attention. When almost nothing needs to be done, it must be done with confidence, and a firm hand. There are few things i love more than bringing buried subtleties closer to the front of a mix... things that the artist themselves couldn't even hear. This happens often with "quiet" music. Those little silences are FULL of color. Making those colors more visible (when required) is a big part of what i love to do.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is is BALANCING ALL OF MY SKILLS and not allowing any one skill to get too powerful and negatively affect a master. PRODUCING, if it had to be described in a single word, is "GIVING". MASTERING, if it had to be described in a single word, is "BALANCE".
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring exactly what the artist brought, but with a little more HEAT under its ass.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen. then i listen again. then i listen again. then i LISTEN. LISTENING is where it all begins and ends. The technology is secondary, if not tertiary.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio set-up ALL-TUBE analog gear and Universal Audio Plugins, but without a good pair of ears, a mastering engineer can own a dozen Fairchilds and a hundred Manley boxes and still make shit masters.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eno, Joe Meek, Brian Wilson, Bob Johnston, Phil Spector, George Martin, Tom Dowd, Dr. Dre, Kendrick...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of what's brought to me needs serious work. A lot of the artists i work with are "self-produced", and sometimes even "self-mixed" over months or years by the artists themselves, with limited experience in the mixing process. They come to me because they know MY music, and they feel an affinity for what i've done as an artist, and a sneaking suspicion that when i hear THEIR music, i'll know what to do. And they're RIGHT.