I am a rookie engineer working in Nashville. I am lucky to work in the best studio in the world but am striving to do work on my own as much as possible.

I love mixing and getting sounds. I even love editing. It is very gratifying to hear a piece come together.

I grew up listening to hard rock/metal bands. I think the genre is one of the most important as far as pushing the boundaries and techniques. I love working on all types of projects.

Genres I specialize in

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Interview with Luke Forehand

Tell us about your studio setup.
I am a staff engineer at Blackbird Studio and mix in the box out of my home. I primarily use JBL monitors, Fab Filter, McDSP, Slate and Waves Plugins. Happy to mix on one of the studio's consoles as well.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I produced, tracked, mixed, sang background vocals and did the artwork for the Seconds Remain EP in 2013.
What are you working on at the moment?
An electronic dance mix.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not at this time.
Analog or digital and why?
Depends on the project. Analog is fun, digital is a better tool.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
It will sound good.
What do you like most about your job?
Getting drum sounds.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
It's not magic. A bad sound will not usually be transformed into a good one unless it is replaced.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What their goals are, artists they like and how much of my input they want.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Don't be afraid to communicate. It's your song.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Enough gear to make a record and a way to connect to the internet.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've spent time in bands, working in live sound and doing studio internships. I've been interested in learning about music production for over 15 years.
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The band Nothing More.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't overdo it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hard Rock/Metal/Country
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing/Tracking, getting sounds.
What do you bring to a song?
For mixing and tracking, I like to make sure the song lives in its own space and has its own identity. From a production standpoint, my goal is to make sure I identify with the artists' goal for the song and add or subtract elements that are necessary to take the song where it needs to go.
What's your typical work process?
Each session will have its specifics but I like to make sure we make the most of the studio time allotted.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I try to maintain my own identity as far as music production goes. I enjoy the work of others but do not strive to sound like certain individuals
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly do mixing and tracking work.