Analog or digital and why?
Both. Because achieving a particular sound comes with a taste first. Digital and Analog bring many flavors to the table, why short yourself on seasoning when the ultimate plate can be dished without limits!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To do my best and to communicate as much as possible and to deliver a song that they can be proud of and show off.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Audio repair or restoration. Cleaning up a low quality capture of a recording is very different from bringing out a high quality song from a great recording. Unfortunately I do not have the necessary tools to do audio repair or restoration.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is the vision of your track? Is there any music I can look up to reference to your song when I mix? Whats the size this project? What quality of files are we working with? How can I help you?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I'm an open and willing guy, feel free to communicate to me as much as possible, it helps me catch the vision you want to accomplish.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
For me, this all started out as trying to be an artist myself. I had the chance to record and album and experience being in some really cool studios and stages. Then out of curiosity I tried learning how to produce for myself and arrange music and make beats and learn music theory. That quickly turned into learning how to mix properly so I went to school for it and thought about how much I love being a part of the music process more than trying to be the star. This journey has been 15 years in the making and 5 years of branding myself as an engineer.
How would you describe your style?
I love a when there's a healthy amount of sub bass on a track when done right it can be powerful and key to hip hop, RnB and even Pop music. Also a present vocal in the pocket or groove of a song can really create a lot of movement.
Can you share one music production tip?
wether producing, recording, or mixing leave enough room for every artist to have a healthy role in the collaboration. unless the project is an a cappella, there's a group of collaborators coming together and every element counts.
What do you bring to a song?
I mix with emotion and groove in mind, my signature sound on mixing has what I call "dynamic movement." Every story has highs and lows and twist and turns that's what makes a story a journey, and I feel like my mixes do so with music. Uncovering the talent thats already there with a professional finish is what I would say I bring with my services.
What's your typical work process?
If I'm tracking a vocalist, Ill listen as I record and develop an action plan for the best quality mix. If I'm doing a remote mix I usually setup my session and organize it and do a couple of passes of listening to catch the vision. Once I taken a few minutes to simply pull some faders to a healthy volume balance I will again listen to the music for emotion, direction, any production movement and catch the vision requested by the artist. Once the groove is there I go to work with my tools and secret sauce techniques to process and "glue" it all together for a proper mix. I tend to mix with reference tracks on hand for a touch of modern quality standards.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have Avid Pro Tools12.8, Antelope Audio Zen Studio+ Interface, Rupert Neve 542 Tape, Elysia Xfilter stereo EQ, Wes Audio Dione VCA Stereo compressor, A Mac Pro, A Slate VMS Mic, Audio Technica M40X Headphones,Beyedynamic DT990 Headphones, A Pair of Yamaha HS5 Monitors, A Maschine Mikro MK2 Midi controller and a M-Audio 49 Keystation controller, acoustic treatment for recording. Plugins: Waves, Izotope, FabFilter, Slate Digital Ravent MTi2 mixing console and more!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Joe Delfino (Miller Street Studios).
What do you like most about your job?
Witnessing a song from a rough/dry recording develop into a clean mix. I love music, I can listen for hours, putting my hands and ears to work and helping is even more exciting.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Whats the difference between a mix and a master? While there's not enough space here to give my full answer, I explain the difference of bringing all of the separated elements of a song together and balancing them until it's glued nicely, and taking a mix as a glued element and polishing the depth width and sheen of the whole at a pleasing level that can be appreciated on any playback system.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Beautiful Eulogy, Andy Mineo, Nas, Brotha Ali, Lupe Fiasco. They all have dynamic vocals I would love to produce.
What's your strongest skill?
Vocal mixing. getting the voice to sit in the pocket of production arrangement.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dave Pensado, Young Guru, Graham Cockhrane (The Recording Revoluiton), and Matthew Weiss (The Pro Audio Files) Dylan "3D" Dresdow, Noah Shebib, Derek Ali, and my school mentor Joe Delfino (Miller Street Studios).
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A client who hired me for a mixtape project ended up learning from me through many question of how each process works. He gained a passion during the project and assisted me in his own work, this person now has his own home recording studio and has graduated SAE college for audio engineering!
What are you working on at the moment?
Mixing a Hip Hop album.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. Maschine Mikro
2. My Yamaha monitors
3. My VMS mic
4. My R6 lunch box (which would also be my coconut opener lol)
5. My Kohala Ukelele
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly Hip Hop music but there are lot of ranges of genres I welcome.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording rapper vocalist. Mixing full production hip hop, Pop, RnB songs. track outs (stems) and vocals.