Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
It's not out yet, but I am currently working on my debut instrumental album. I am particularly proud, because I have held off on putting out an album for over 14 years so that I can acquire the necessary skills to make it a classic. I now feel I have reached that level and am steadily working on this project. I plan to release it by mid-late 2016.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I have 2 R&B artists that I am executive producing, 3 rappers that I am producing/executive producing, and 2 upcoming films that I will be scoring/mixing. (Don't worry, I have excellent time management skills and can accommodate new clients)
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
John Ho is a close friend of mine and he is also one of the best producers/mix engineers I have had the pleasure of working with. Check him out for sure!
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Why choose only one?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Quality. ALWAYS. I take my work seriously and you can bet your bottom dollar that if my name is on that project, then I'm going to do everything in my power to make it sound as perfect as possible. I don't slack off.
What do you like most about your job?
I LOVE what I do and I couldn't possibly imagine doing anything else. I love meeting and working with new people and discovering new talent.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People generally don't take me seriously when I tell them I have so many different skills and can flow into so many different genres effortlessly. That usually changes when they hear my work.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What they expect to receive. What they will provide. What I need to provide.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you want quality, you should be willing to pay. Free/discounted services ALWAYS come with strings attached, even if you don't see them at first.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Computer, Keyboard, Microphone, Satellite phone, Water
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Music is the only career I can see myself doing long term. I started playing the piano in 1991 and began producing in 2001.
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Alina Baraz. She has the voice of an angel.
Can you share one music production tip?
Consistency is key. If you relentlessly work at your craft, you WILL be unstoppable.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I'm all over the place. I can pretty much do it all. Pop, Rap, R&B, Classical, Film Score, Rock & Roll, etc. Don't believe me? Check out my Soundcloud link for some examples.
What's your strongest skill?
Any creative aspect. Producing, composing, arranging, sound design etc.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring over 24 years of classical piano training (I also play some guitar/bass guitar and drums), 16 years of music production AND mixing experience, and a work ethic like nothing you've ever seen.
What's your typical work process?
There's no ONE "process" for creative work. Art is a feeling and I don't like to get too technical to the point where the "feel" is lost.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a production/recording studio in Hollywood, CA with state of the art equipment including, but not limited to:
*Avalon 737 Preamp
*UA Apollo 16 interface
*PC AND Apple
*Protools, Logic, Ableton, Cubase ready
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
WAAAAAAAAAAY too many to name...
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Music production/composing, recording, mixing, sound design/foley