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Interview with Lunar Fifth Studios
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Acoustic drum tracking, drum editing and quantizing, drum mixing, drum replacements are all skills that I am very comfortable and excited to do for your heavy projects!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a drummer, I grew up studying the greats and doing my best to acheive my own similarly awesome style and sound. As an engineer, I learned a lot of what I know now about drum mixing and mastering from Jordan Valeriote, the producer for Intervals.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio that I have learned inside and out, and have acheived surprisingly powerful tones from. I love creating any random soundscapes that come into my head, and love the challenge of telling a story through music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: MY workflow is dependent on the goal we have in mind. That said, if you are making heavy music, I always hear that drums HAVE to come first ~ and while that is an ideal workflow, I am totally comfortable with adjusting to your flow if necessary! I have a lot of experience with making "weirdly timed" recordings work ~ and also plenty of experience with getting them in the pocket as well.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the originality and flair of a live acoustic kit that programmed drums simply cannot replicate. There is also something that I have always been told by others, which is that it is super easy to collaborate with me. I don't try to be overbearing or anything ~ I want to help guide the truest expression to being heard.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: MY drumming skills are by and large my best skill ~ but not just the performance aspect. As a true lover of drums, I have pressed this skill into the realms of being capable of producing professional-grade drum tracks and mixes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Hitting EDM, and Experimental Techno are all what I am best at.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Recording amazing sounding, live, heavy drums is easy if you know how to create supporting material that can "pump up" your drum sound. One way of doing this is with parallel compression. Many of us already know what that is, but what many fail to do properly is also balance this technique with small doses of additional supporting drum samples that truly thicken up the decay and tone of the drums.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any of the modern progressive bands that are influenced by bands like Plini, Intervals, Chon, Covet, Polyphia, Arch Echo, or anything like that would be really fun and exciting to be a part of.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am a carefree, sarcastic person who doesn't let the structures of modern music dictate who or what I should sound like as an artist. I mean think about this: some of thes questions on here are asking me "who else I sound like" ~ and while that's great and all, where does that line of thinking end? In other words ~ I could be like, "yeah, I sound like X major artist, or Y famous singer" but what does X major artist or Y famous singer have on their profiles? Who do they say that they sound like? ~ So at some point, someone has to put a line in the sand ~ and say I sound like ME! hha ok, that's my rant for the day. :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this since I began making music as a teenager, when I got my first drumset well over 16 years ago.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My desert island gear for recording would include a banjo, a mandolin, an acoustic guitar, and my portable synth with my smartphone, because everything else could be recorded, sampled or programmed ~ and major successes have been made with less than that.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's make a demo together! You will be blown away by the results, I gaurantee it! I have never had anyone who received a demo turn down working with me. However, if for any reason you are unsure about the demo in any way ~ take it to someone else! For free! That's the idea behind the concept of a "demo" ~ a literal demonstraion, nothing more! I can't wait to work with you.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking to create? Is this going to be a good memory to look back on? A fun thing you were able to be a part of? Or is this something you are going to share with the world, and share that emotion with them?Once you are absolutely clear on where you want to go, it is much easier to formulate a systematic chain of questions that will propel us there!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Many people think that there is some need to have fancy gear, expensive equipment, or a "pro" studio to make hit records. This is simply untrue! There are hit records right now being played by millions of people, that were recorded improperly. Part of what I do is being able to take similar recordings and "finesse" them to that same magical point. The real magic of what I can do though, is give you your confidence. You see, if you knew the best ways of going back and recording a less-than-perfectly tracked part, and you had all the confidence in the world to do so ~ what would stop you from making hits?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customers usually go through a process of wanting my feedback on a previously recorded drum part, and then eventually asking for either a demo of an edited version of the drum track, or simply a dem of an alternate performance which I will create from scratch!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am an avid, life-long drummer and musician. As such, I remember all the pains and struggles I went through to get to the level of playing I am now at. I remember the feelings of doubt, of wanting to quit sometimes, but ultimately learning lessons that shaped me into who I am today. What I love most about my job is having the ability to share those insights wityh other artists who are having those doubts, to help them overcome the challenges and struggles they face themselves.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to treat your music as if it were my own, and to give you the honest attention, hard work, creativity, and dilligence that I have with my own creative works.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog AND digital! Analog is great for so many authentic, soul-connecting purposes. Digital though, is such an exciting and fun frontier. This is why I SPECIALIZE in bringing these two worlds together in fascinating ways... if you don't think it can be done, just go listen to anything from Animals As Leaders.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at the moment ~ As I am new, I am unsure of who else is on here ~ check back soon!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I currently own and operate Lunar Fifth Studios in Arvada, CO.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I personally created every aspect of the recent EP I released called "DON'T FEED YOUR WYRM." This EP was 100% acoustic drums, real instruments, and I had an absolute blast with the concept, which was to not make the most attractive sounding tones, but rather discomforting and almost unpleasant tones. The fun thing is that this project gave me so much contrast and balance and now I am finding it much easier to write "beautiful" or "catchy" melodies and conecpts. I can't wait to make another project like this, with a different goal in mind!