Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My last album as a solo artist: Blue Collar Memories.
I never really dreamed of being a performer, but I wrote and produced and mixed and mastered my own project for my hometown that has been hit by hard times. It really hit hard for me. I tried to smash hiphop with classic rock and folk. I think I pulled it off too. I enjoyed that project so much because so many talented people helped me on it. Top of my head about 15 people contributed. I was overwhelmed by the support. Makes me feel good.
What are you working on at the moment?
Mastering a Reggae Album, Mixing a Hip-Hop EP and Producing and Mixing a Pop Rock Single.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Jay Stapely. Dude played great guitar for me on a single in 2016.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Cause both are awesome.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I will be on time and on budget.
That you will get a project that you can be proud of.
What do you like most about your job?
The creative side of mixing is absolutely pleasing.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: How much do you charge?
A: I prefer to work within budgets if possible, so how much did you get saved for this project?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That's its "mixing"...you know..."like a DJ?!?"
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I want my clients to tell me 3 things:
2) Ref Tracks
3) How Many Edits Do You Need
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be ready, be prepared and don't be scared to ask for what you want.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Mac Book/Apollo/X Desk/SLATE VMS/UAD OCTO Card
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started as a hiphop beatmaker in 2001. From there I got my first pro tools setup in 2007 and since have just kept adding to my gear and refining my sound.
How would you describe your style?
I'm a punchy type mixer who likes to get the mix wide and energetic.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Easy...J Mascis. I want to mix a Dinosaur Jr record so bad I'd do it for free. And give endless recalls!
Can you share one music production tip?
Get it right at the source.
What type of music do you usually work on?
HipHop, Rock (all the sub genres), Folk/Country, Reggae, Dub, Metal (all the sub genres)
What's your strongest skill?
I'm prompt, accountable and I like to make friends with the people I work with.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring the love of what I do to every project and the desire to make people happy with their efforts. I hope my love affair with chasing the perfect sound matches with the artist's vision and that we all toast and smile after a job well done.
What's your typical work process?
To the point and structured for the first 75% then pensive and loose for the last 25.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run a hybrid setup with 24 channels of analog summing through an SSL X Desk and X Panda configuration. I use a center section that features a Drawmer 1968/Kush Audio Clairphonic/Neve 542 Tape Simulator and some clean gain through some BAE 1073 LBs.
Tons of plug ins under the hood. All powered by an Antelope Audio Orion 32+.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
This is very difficult to answer. I usually listen for music that has a tight low end with a warm and rich mid range and a breathy top end. The artists that fit under that description are many because there are so many talented people in this world that it's hard to make a list. If I had to make one...I wouldn't want to leave anyone out.
Ya can't go wrong with:
A Tribe Called Quest
Rage Against the Machine
Yea...all them and more.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do 3 things in my studio:
1) Mix Records
2) Produce Acts
3) Master Songs