Tell us about your studio setup.
I have some high end outboard gear like the SSL G series compressor, Avalon 747, Empiral Labs Distressor, Great River, A-Design etc. However I am always researching digital technology and I have a collection of more than 880 high end plugins I have purchased over the years. Digital quality is so high nowadays, and digital allows for speed which is essential in the experimentation process. I believe in combining both worlds and there have been many cases where digital outperformed analog simply because it had the right sound for the job.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
There have been some special moments. Creating the music score for the Official 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony Documentary was an amazing experience.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Some of the world's greatest names are here, like Manny Marroquin, Yoad Nevo!
Analog or digital and why?
If you know what you are doing, this won't make much difference nowadays. My set up combines both worlds, but I believe good ideas and vision are much more important.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
In addition to delivering technically and artistically, definitely commitment and communication which is what I look for when working with remote providers.
What do you like most about your job?
I love music.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I ask about their objectives. What material they will provide, what they think of it, and what are their expectations.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Work with someone who will give you proper attention and who has the technical and artistic ability to deliver.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My computer, a keyboard, a guitar, a microphone, nice monitors.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
It all started with a small white Casio at age 3, then a bigger casio, then a Korg 01-W in my teens, and a small studio set up in my early 20s that has grown and grown. I played the piano, guitar and tenor sax (now forgotten) in bands in Brazil, the USA and England. During the last 15 years I have gone deep into production, mixing and mastering.
How would you describe your style?
Restless, if it does not sound good I cannot sleep. My definition of 'sound good' is emotion and that inexplicable drive that makes us want to listen on repeat.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Artists who are open to experimentation and to developing their unique sound. I love how artists like U2, Rihanna, and a few others are always reinventing themselves and I would love to be a part of such process.
Can you share one music production tip?
Attention to the energy of the song, keep it flowing, experiment and allow for happy accidents.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Electronica, indie-dance, indie-rock, pop, house, world, soundtracks.
What's your strongest skill?
Listening and responding to what the song is telling me.
What do you bring to a song?
An objective view of what is working and what isn't, and making it work.
What's your typical work process?
Respect the song. I can try insane things on it, but never impose. It needs to sound natural and energy needs to flow from beginning to end.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Trevor Horn, Quincy Jones, Timbaland, Trent Reznor, Flood, Max Martin, Dr Luke, Skrillex, Diplo, Stuart Price, countless other names.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
(1) Production, along with mixing and mastering. The combination provides the sound clients expect and allows for more possibilities when trying adjustments and new ideas. (2) Mixing and mastering.