You will love the way your song sounds and feels when I'm finished with it. I have been personally, and professionally trained by engineers and producers from both Sweetwater, and Dark Horse Recording.
I love mixing and recording. I have worked tirelessly to develop skills that deliver amazing results, and that work has absolutely payed off. Through my own practice and from my professional training, I have culminated a skill set that has created incredible productions. The band I work with most frequently (Naked Gypsy Queens) has toured all over the Midwestern and Eastern United States, and has been given offers to work with two of the most successful rock and roll producers alive, Marlon Young (Greta Van Fleet's producer), and Nick Raskulinecz ("The greatest rock music producer of all time." - Dave Grohl). I will take your music to a professional level of production that will rock your world.
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Interview with Wolverton Studios
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded and mixed a demo for Naked Gypsy Queens with a guitar tone that made the guitarist tear up because he was so happy with his tone, And the drummer, Landon, told me he never heard a better sounding drum recording in his life. The demo helped get them an opportunity to work with the Grammy winning producer that did Greta Van Fleet's "From The Fires" and "Anthem Of A Peaceful Army", Marlon Young.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Recording and mixing a debut single for a new client.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog, because distortion and saturation should be analog. Digital, because instant mix recall and overall practicality take precedence over consoles and tape.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will love the way it turns out.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I absolutely love doing it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What plugins do you have? All of the best.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's becoming more common for people to think that anyone can mix a song, and do it right. Mixing is not something that you can just do quickly and carelessly because you think that no one will care. Mixing is a delicate and intricate art that takes lots of time to master, and it should only be done by those who love and appreciate that art.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of music do you play? How many songs do you have? Where did you record your tracks? Who recorded your tracks? What is your budget? Time frame?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone that will get YOUR sound, not theirs.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Dave Grohl's Neve 8078 from Sunset Sound, Studer A800, 1987 Marshall Plexi, 59 Gibson Les Paul, Neumann M50 stereo pair.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started when I was seventeen, making my own songs and downloading multi-tracks to practice my mixing every day. In high school, I met the four members of the Naked Gypsy Queens and soon after I started doing their production and finished high school, I attended and graduated from the audio engineering program at Dark Horse Institute. From there, I went to Sweetwater Sound and trained as a sales engineer. Eventually I could not stand the feeling of not mixing or recording music every day, so I moved back to Nashville and have been working here ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Punchy, Dynamic, Massive, and Balanced.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Darkness. They represent my favorite guitar tone and I want to improve the quality of the recording and mixing of their drums.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure your drums are in phase with each other.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock and heavy metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing drums.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Balance, Punch, Tone, and Feel.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For mixing, I will spend the majority of the time making sure that the session is setup properly and all tracks are perfectly phase aligned. Once everything is setup I will do a rough balance, and then I'm off to the races. I take breaks every hour or so, and mix at low levels to minimize ear fatigue. After mix setup is done, I can finish a mix in 4-6 hours depending on the arrangement, and number of tracks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an extremely well treated, and well designed room, that I am very familiar with. My monitors are more familiar to my ears than anything else that makes sound. My monitoring setup is Universal Audio Apollo Twin DAC, into Focal Alpha 80's. I have every UAD plugin, every iZOTOPE plugin, most Waves plugins, and I have several DAW's, including: Pro Tools, Studio One 4, and Ableton Live 10 Suite. For composition, I have Superior Drummer 3, and Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bob Clearmountain, Andy Wallace, Joe Barresi, Eddie Kramer, Fab Dupont, Steve Albini, Andrew Schepps, Hans Zimmer, Tom Morello, Carlos Santana, Brad Schultz, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Chris Attigliatto, Freddie Mercury
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.