Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A project called "Dark Days In The Sun" - I wrote, produced, and mixed all of these songs.. They were a personal project that began to get the attention of some fantastic blogs such as "Hilly Dilly" and "SoundChips.co". My collaborator in this project inexplicably disappeared, and I am proud of the way I handled the situation from beginning to end.. From contracts, to communication, to the music itself - every last bit of this endeavor (however no longer in operation) was amicable. No matter what comes next - I am prepared for it – for that, I am proud..
What are you working on at the moment?
I am remixing a track called "Headshots" by a band called "MRKTS".
I am working on a project for Imagem Music under an NDA - so that's all I can say about that.
I recently finished work on Lil' Dicky's track "Bruh" I produced this track for him.
I am writing new music for a personal project, aiming at music supervisors, and the likes.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Maybe Mia Rosner? (I wouldn't be surprised if she was on here)
Analog or digital and why?
Both! - why the hell stay with one or the other??
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to be honest, fair, and diplomatic.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
How payment works in licensing sync work, and how most productions create a budget - and predetermine your pay based on that.. (which if they can't afford me - I negotiate etc..)..
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
• I would ask them about their project - what materials they have - if they have any at all..
• I would learn what their deadline is - if they have one..
• I would ask how many tracks they have to finish or have me work on specifically.
• I would also ask if they have a budget, and explain how I create a bid to give them an idea of what they can expect to pay for my services.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
"Advice"? I don't know this client yet, I have no advice in the traditional sense..
However if I were "shopping my services" it would typically have an introduction meeting where I learn about what the potential client wants/needs/has/expects etc.. This process also is the ice breaker, and serves to gauge whether or not we can even work together..
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1: A generator (with several weeks worth of gas [petrol])
2: A big big B I G P.A. system (counts as one - nope - sorry it does)
3: a big mother fucking light rig (to catch passing pilots eyes) (it counts as one - I know you didn't say I couldn't clump things together here)
4: A tent to keep electronic equipment dry
5: a noise maker (like a laptop with Ableton Live on it or something) haha!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been working in audio production professionally for over 11 years. In 2004 I moved to Los Angeles, and began work in professional post production facilities working on shows such as Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia" / "Syriana" / Tv shows such as "Breaking Bad" / "Numb3rs" / CSI - Miami, and more. In 2013 I won a Golden Reel Award for sound effects editorial on Discovery's "Deadliest Catch".. All the while honing my engineering skills, and applying them to music production. In 2008 I was signed to my first record label "Golden State Recordings" under Joshua Heath (AKA Lonely Boy) - which kick started my production. Teaming up with Jai Freedom (formerly with Warren G 2007 - 2013 / Currently with Giorgio Moroder) in 2013, we have a full service production, mix, and composition outfit called "SubFree Rec"
My "career path" is exactly this:
"To connect, and network with like minded, healthy minded people to compose, produce, and mix quality music for the next generation. To help my client's musical dreams come true. And enjoy the hell out of every experience I have with new clients."
How would you describe your style?
Deep - Rich - Dark - Energetic - Melodic - Full of Heart - Emotive - with Space.
Concise, open, free, respectful, efficient, with work ethic - and a determination to make the client feel they have spent their time, and money well..
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Oh there are so many - however if I had the opportunity I would love to do an offshoot album with Emily King. Her work is magic, and her voice is velvet. She also is remarkably musical, and intelligently simplistic with her writing.. Which ironically makes a song "complicated" or "intriguing"..
Can you share one music production tip?
The world is saturated with producers, composers, engineers, mastering engineers - every last one of them (regardless of their professional status) will have some nugget of information to give.. Sometimes unsolicited - never disregard anything simply because you either don't understand it, or don't do a said technique.. Simply try it, and see if it works for you.. If it doesn't - it doesn't! There's no "right" and there is no "wrong" in today's production.. If it sounds good - it is good.. (this is also after decades of trail and error, schooling, and professional production experience.)
Other than that?? It's up to you - ally your self with good people, and don't be a dick!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Honestly - all kinds! I just recently finished a soft-punk-pop piece for a movie trailer, got hired to do an EDM remix of a fantastic song called "Headshots" by "MRKTS" - did an epic trailer cue with the lyrics to "In The Air" - conducted, and tracked a solo string player to sound like a symphony on a project. If I cannot execute a track - I will be upfront and honest with a client.. I have no shame in admitting I can't do something..
What's your strongest skill?
• Realizing a clients ideas..
Bringing to life that "certain something" that they've not been able to achieve with other producers - or mixers.
What do you bring to a song?
• Experience, and a fresh perspective at the same time.
• Ability to listen, work together with a client, and compromise [where applicable] to get the client what they want.
• Honesty: I won't sugar coat anything - and more importantly I won't be mean.. I want to work with you, (and for you!)
• My ears are open: I will listen and hear what a client tells me, and try with all my background, and expertise to execute it professionally; beyond expectations.
What's your typical work process?
It's as subjective as music tastes..
If it's a client who has written a tune - I start with their scratch tracks, and ask them for examples of finished tracks from artists they listen to. It gives a clear idea of where they want their track to go..
If I am writing a tune for them - I usually have meetings, and essentially "hang out" with them to get involved with what moves them - what their wants, and desires are for the finished track..
If it's production - it's all that communication stuff - and a lot of sketches until something sticks.. :)
Mix: If the client is able to be in the room with me - it's usually a smooth experience once a rapport is created between the client and I.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have two setups.. One for production, and one for mix..
• Mix Setup:
This location is separate from my production setup (which happens to be at home) - It's in Burbank California. This setup features an acoustically tuned room, Apple MacPro, UAD Apollo Quad, with UAD satellites. D.A.W. is both Ableton Live, and Protools.. (although I use Live for 98% of everything.). On the front end, we have a Neumann U87, Altec 623C, and a Shure SM57, UA6176, and more.
* Monitors -- JBL LSR308 (with 10"sub) / Yamaha NS-10M / M-Audio SP-5B / Apple Cinema Display.
• Production setup:
This setup is identical to the mix setup (with the exception of a properly tuned room). The production space includes: Hardware Synths: Moog Little Phatty SE-II / Roland JX-3P[modded] -(with PG200!) / Arturia Mini Brute / Roland GAIA / Nord Electro 2 "sixty one". There's more, but I've already written a book here.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
There are so many! Lido - Galimatias - Hiatus Kaiyote, Benny Sings, SOHN, Pharrell Williams, Little Dragon, Emily King, Basement Jaxx, the "Metropole Orkest" (in the Netherlands), Depeche Mode .. . . The list goes on and on.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Depending on the client it's production, mix, composing. I also work for Sony Pictures in the sound editorial department editing dialogue, and sound FX - I'm a member of the local 700 IATSE - and have won an MPSE Golden Reel award back in 2013.