What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will make you sound your best. I will give you something you will be proud of and we will probably do business again.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I typically get hired for rock, heavy rock, southern rock, and americana productions. I have been doing a lot of country as well.
What's your strongest skill?
Understanding how a song needs to come together not just from a song writing aspect, but also from a production perspective is very important. I understand how to make a song successful from it's infancy as an idea and turn it into a successful piece of art.
What do you bring to a song?
Fresh, intelligent perspective. Most times when an artists approaches me about working together they hand me a batch of roughly recorded songs that they've listened through way, way too many times. At that point the artist is just sick to death of the tunes, and the project needs direction.
What are you working on at the moment?
I recently just completed a 306 date tour with Platinum selling Southern Rock band Saving Abel. While maintaining my duties as their FOH mixer I also recorded and mixed each nights show for distribution. I also recently finished an album for the New Jersey based rock band Terra Stigma that was produced by John Moyer of Disturbed.
Analog or digital and why?
BOTH! With all the great break throughs in technology in recent years it's amazing what can be accomplished with a computer. However, there is just no substitute for the sonic character of analog gear. I find by incorporating both i'm able to create very competitive and current sounding mixes.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to meet and make art with some of the most amazing human beings on the planet. It truly is a blessing.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make me sound like so and so? Here's the deal, you are always going to sound like you. No matter what. NO AMOUNT OF PROCESSING CAN CHANGE THAT. Me making you sound like someone else it just going to sound like exactly that. Someone trying to sound like someone else. Be yourself. Find your voice and make something original.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception about what I do is that it's a party all the time and money, money, money everywhere. It's a job people.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
My first question to any client is to ask them what they want to accomplish with their final product. I can then direct the project easily in the direction it needs to go to be successful.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
When you're hiring someone for a job, any job, you want that person to be a good fit. This website makes it very easy to match a production professional that perfectly matches your needs. If you're reaching out to me, be familiar with what I do and sound like. It's all here!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career path was anything but and organized one. I've been working in pro audio for 22 years now. I started as a live mixer. I went to college for audio production graduating in 2005 and have been doing both ever since. I have also held the title of Director of Music Operations at a promient audio recording school here in the states. AVID certified in music production.
How would you describe your style?
Can you share one music production tip?
Write great songs. If you don't know how, make friends with someone who does and learn from them. Trust me, it makes a world of difference.
What's your typical work process?
Even if i'm not involved with a project from a songwriting perceptive or even a recording perspective, my first job is to talk with the artist and find out everything i can about the song. The more insight i have into the song, the more i can let those aspects influence me with my mix.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Antelope Converters and Clock, Pro Tools HD, Dangerous Summing, 8-Core Intel Mac, API, Trident, Neve, ADAM, Barefoot
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I get hired a lot when a project needs to be "edgy", or "aggressive" sounding. I tend to lend that flavor to whatever i'm working on.