What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
First make sure your performances and songs are as good as they can be. It'll make my job easier and your recordings/mixes a whole lot better.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I always ask what their creative vision is for the project and who they're most inspired by. And practically - what their timeframes and budgets are.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
In no particular order - a Dave Smith synthesizer, an AKGC414 microphone, a UA Apollo interface, Apple MacBook Pro and Ableton Live.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Indie pop, electronic and singer-songwriter.
What do you bring to a song?
Light and shade, a sense of direction and ideally something fresh.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Luke Woollett. Great guy with even greater hair.
Analog or digital and why?
Really? This again?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I'll listen.
What do you like most about your job?
That I get to be around music and musicians. It's the best thing.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q. What software do you use?
A. It really doesn't matter.
Q. Can you turn the vocals up another 3dB?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I do it for free.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I accidentally started making tracks when I was 16 and soon realised I don't like doing anything else. I turned 18 and went to university to learn how to put microphones in front of things. I managed to complete my course without dropping out from frustration and have now set up shop in Brisbane's beautiful Hunting Ground Studios.
How would you describe your style?
Angular rhythms and big sounds.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Miike Snow - emotive melodies and production that's polished and gritty at the same time.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't lose the song, make sure you're actually listening to the big picture. And save something for the final chorus.
What's your strongest skill?
What's your typical work process?
There's nothing typical about music.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Apple iMac computer with Pro Tools 10 and 11, Ableton Live 9 Suite and Apple Logic Pro X. Plugins include: FabFilter Mix Bundle, Slate VMR Rack, Native Instruments Komplete 5 Bundle, Trigger 2 Platinum, Melodyne, Waves CLA bundle, Waves Kramer Pie Compressor, Waves RBass, more various Waves and Soundtoys plugins.
Audio I/O is Audient ASP800 and Focusrite Clarett 8Pre totalling 16 analogue inputs.
AKG D330BT dynamic mic,
AKG vintage kick mic,
Nady CM-88 pencil condenser,
OPR 87 pair (Neumann U87 clones),
Rode M3 condenser mics,
SE2200a cardioid condenser mic and various
Ableton Push controller,
Casio 88 key weighted MIDI controller,
Diamond Halo stereo analog chorus unit,
Ashdown Bass head + cab,
Jet City 333 100-watt head,
Marshall 1960A cab
Squire P-bass, and
Moog Slim Phatty synthesizer module.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Tracking, mixing, producing and instrumentaion.