Analog or digital and why?
Both. I think a combination of both is necessary sometimes. It all boils down to what sounds good, so if it needs some analog warmth or some clean digital taming it all comes to what is needed. Just another tool for use.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Micheal Jolly U87, SM7B, Avalon 737sp, and 2 Neve 511 Preamps.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been playing instruments since I was about 10 years old. Started out on the piano and progressed to several other instruments, alto sax, guitar, bass, and the list is ever growing. As I played in bands as a teenager I realized I had a calling to the audio industry. At first it was a hobby that slowly evolved into building out my own facility. I've learned under as many audio engineers and producers as I could over the years, and now run and operate my own studio.
How would you describe your style?
Vibe. I am all about vibe. If it feels and sounds right, that's the ticket. I like to think while we work it feels like we are hanging out, but we are still working hard. Low stress and good vibes is the only way to make good music.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't ever use mp3 files. You are fighting against a source that is already degraded.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Everything from Hip Hop and Rap to Prog Rock and Country.
What do you bring to a song?
I think my background as a musician helps a ton. It allows me to see the project from both sides of the table as an engineer and the artist. I understand how hard it is to get your vision and ideas out into the world, and I like to help make that a reality. Unlike some tracking engineers I have trouble just sitting and pressing record without speaking out about what can help or hurt a track. I rely on my ears and production experience to give me the resources to help elevate a track. If I think something would better a track or degrade it I'll speak up, but it's always up to the artist to use my suggestions.
Tell us about your studio setup.
SoundGasm Studios has a live tracking room, mixing room, as well as a lounge with entertainment and bar. The mixing room has high end pre-amps, and a microphone selection for any style or genre. We have every instrument a normal band would need to record, and several options on some instruments to get the right sounds. So, if your a band waiting to get better equipment to record, no need to wait!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Here at SoundGasm Studios we do everything from tracking, mixing, production, sampling, voice overs, and much more.