Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
This year I worked on an album with a client from idea to final product and that artist quickly gained the attention of a record label and was offered a deal by Universal based of that record. I recorded/ co-produced/ mixed and mastered that album.
What are you working on at the moment?
working on 3 full albums by 3 very talented artists and I am excited for their release. Amongst that we get daily recording sessions of various artists
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
No one that I have come across yet but there are some amazing people on here that I would love to connect with
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Digital provides a wider range of use and faster recall of in depth mixing and analog brings your material to life in a more satisfying way then digital can.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I will work with them to deliver exactly what they are looking for.
What do you like most about your job?
Working with and meeting new artists and creating songs to be proud of
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long have you been doing this ? I've been working in studios for 7 years
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Lots of hip hop artists don't get to experience a real studio or professional engineering and think everyone can just achieve that professional sound off their laptop in their rooms.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I usually ask for a link to some of their previous work and a reference song so I can prepare myself for the best possible results
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If for recording, come prepared and well rested. If for mixing or mastering, please provide good quality and organized material as it will result in a better final product.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Neve Portico 2 master buss, an LA4A compressor, a Neumann U87 Microphone and a Quadeight channel strip.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
After graduating at the top of my class for audio engineering, I assisted at a few studios studying under some very talented and professional engineers. Quickly climbing the latter I became head engineer at one of the studios I was working for and then later started my own company.
How would you describe your style?
I always take an artistic approach and make sure the track has a captivating movement.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with Drake or Tory Lanez. The are both phenomenal song writers and and amazing vocalists.
Can you share one music production tip?
Follow and study current trends and work closely with the artist to achieve the most desirable product.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip Hop/Trap RnB and Dark RnB (OVO)
What's your strongest skill?
My ability to communicate exactly what an artist is looking for.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a certain sound that is quite a niche art in today's hip hop and RnB mixing. If you don't get it right, most of the time it sound washy and muddy and not clean. A good balance between crisp and clean but also the depth warmth and lushness of all the effects can be hard to achieve. That's what I am good at.
What's your typical work process?
First I welcome each and every client like family, I want the client to be as comfortable as possible so it's a really relaxed but professional environment.My assitant makes sure they are taken care of and have everything they need for the session. If we haven't already discussed the project or session prior to, then usually we sit and have a quick listening/discussion period before we start so I can approach each session with precision and confidence. I work quick and efficient as to meet all the artist's requests without any waisted time. If it is a recording session I tend to mix on the fly, shaping and moulding the song as we go so the artist gets to hear there vision come to life in real time. When it comes to mixing I really hone in on detail, making sure everything is precise, in time/tune and as crisp and dynamic as possible. I mix both in the box and by routing the mix busses back through the analog console and gear for extra warmth and depth.
Tell us about your studio setup.
At 2Track we have a large and comfy and creative environment that kind of makes you want to stay for hours. We Have a hybrid of analog and digital gear including two 44 channel analog consoles a rack full of outboard including SSL NEVE DBX SPL API etc. and hundreds of premium plug ins. We also a large film and photography full cyc green and white screen area in the next room.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
2 engineers that inspire me the most are Mixed by Ali who engineers a lot of Kendrick Lamar TDE members and and Engineer from Toronto, Pro Logic, who has engineered quite a few TO artists including Partynextdoor and P Reign and has worked along side of Drake
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do a lot of recording and almost every time an artist comes through and experiences a 2Track session they recommend another client. It's also very rare that a I record a project that I don't mix as well. I have also gotten a lot of full album mastering jobs.