What do you like most about your job?
Music is my biggest passion and creative outlet.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was co-producer of an independent production by The Variance with Jim Wirt. I co-wrote and co-produced the tracks with my production partner, played guitar on the record and helped with post-production as well.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am producing original music for myself and for a couple of close friends with whom I've collaborated for many years.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog AND digital... there's no denying the convenience of modern technology, but old/analog/vintage gear still has that special magic that digital can't replace completely.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
The quality of my work reflects back on me so I always strive to deliver a high-quality product.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is your expectation for the final product?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do your best to determine if the prospect you are looking to hire can deliver what you are looking for—don't be afraid to ask any question you can think of.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Started singing and playing guitar with a band of friends from high school, over twenty years ago... I have been making and performing music off and on ever since.
How would you describe your style?
I balance perfectionism with an ability to keep the big picture in focus.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Sting, he is one of my all time favorites.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't be afraid to leave some imperfections and roughness in your music - it can add character. Music that's too perfect and overproduced can be lifeless.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop (all eras), rock (classic/hard rock, some metal), electronic (EDM, downtempo, ambient), some hip hop.
What's your strongest skill?
Performing instrumental parts, producing tracks, arranging music.
What do you bring to a song?
A sharp ear for melody, harmony and arrangement, eclectic tastes and a broad musical perspective, multi-instrumental experience and innate musical talent
What's your typical work process?
If working on a cover, I try to indentify all the musical instruments and parts involved, the song key, tempo and time signature, etc. With original music, anything and everything that aids the creative process.
Tell us about your studio setup.
MacBook Pro 2014 with Ableton Live 9 (incl. many high quality plugins and licensed samples), Komplete 10 and Kontrol S49, Guitar Rig 5 and a Røde NTK through a Scarlet 2i2 for audio recording. Yamaha HS5 monitors.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My musical interests are eclectic; I like pop, rock, jazz, reggae, classical, electronic, ambient and world music. I like virtuoso instrumentalists, esp. guitarists (anyone from Joe Satriani to John McLaughlin) and I also like classic bands and writers from the late 1960's onward, incl. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Police, U2, The Cure, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, etc. etc. I also like some hip hop: Tribe Called Quest, the Roots, Mos Def, some Black Eyed Peas and similar artists.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Produce full instrumental tracks of original or cover music including electric guitar, programmed drums, synths, beats, edited licensed samples, pre-recorded and live vocals and additional instrumentation