Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Probably the first Wolves and Horses record. It was early in my career and I was working with one of the most insanely creative and talented artists I have ever worked with and it was basically him and I in a bach, taking acoustic songs and recording them, then adding to them, then altering and re-recording until we came out with the first full length album that I produced and mixed. The songs changed so much over the period and it made me realise the importance of producing. If I could re-mix it now; I would but the songs remain just as great today as when we first released it.
What are you working on at the moment?
2 albums for an band called Sea Mouse, an EP for an artist called Shane Marr, an EP for an artist called Daryn Jean and an album for an artist called Brad Ward.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not sure....im new to this.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Because life it too short for rules.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To deliver them a project that is as good/better than they hoped it would be when they first dreamed up the idea.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the act of making something from nothing. I love having an artist who gets a musical idea in born into their mind and then taking that idea and expanding it into a sonic experience that is tangible.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Im vegan and people assume im always tired because of a vegan diet. Nope, its because I have 2 kids who wake me at 6am every morning after getting to bed at 12:30am from being in the studio every night.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do you want to achieve? Both for this project and in your career.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Just drop me a line and lets chat about how I can make your track come to life. I am an open and friendly dude and basically spend my days finding ways to help people make their ideas in their head a reality.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A Neumann u47 fet, a UA6176 pre/comp, a nice Martin Acoustic, a Fender Strat and a Pro Tools Rig.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I studied a diploma of Audio Engineering back in 2005 and finished finding an industry that was impossible to get work in studios. So I got a remote recording rig and started finding as many bands as possible that would work with me. I worked my way up to getting a job at Park Road Post Production in 2012. From there I have been working in the film industry whilst making the most of the access to the world class recording studio and producing and mixing for bands from all over the country and abroad.
How would you describe your style?
Natural. To me everything I do is a natural extension on how I hear the raw song.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to do a record with someone like Sam Amidon or Bon Iver. I love the way that they can write these incredible folk songs and let the song run wild with imagination. The arrangements that come out of their work is something that constantly blows my mind. The arrangement on "Relief" is possibly one of my favourite works of all time and if I could work on something like that; I would die a very happy man!
Can you share one music production tip?
Demo! Demo! Demo! Pre production is probably the most important phase of the process as this helps you flesh out the song and really find out what is important when tracking. Times in the past where there hasnt been anytime for pre-production; I have found myself having to re-arrange the song post tracking and the songs never come out as strong as they could if they had been fully thought out before hitting the studio. Demos are key! Dont expect to be able to fix a poor arrangement in the mix; make it right before it gets to that stage to get the best out of the song!
What type of music do you usually work on?
It varies but probably most of the work I do is folk/songwriter based. There is something that has always drawn me towards a singer with an acoustic guitar and being able to take those amazing songs and adding all these sonic elements to emphasis and enhance with the artist is trying to portray. I also do a lot of rock bands that range from alternative, indie through to hard.
What's your strongest skill?
Work ethic. I work around the clock to make these songs exactly how the artist wants it and this involves very long days and very little sleep (plus lots of coffee). I also think my relaxed attitude and lack of ego helps the artists know that their songs are in very safe hands and that I will not be taking their song to a place that they dont want it to go.
What do you bring to a song?
I like to believe that I hear things differently to a lot of people. So I always like to come in with ideas for arrangements and sonic textures. But at the end of the day; what I really bring to the song is my promise to the artist that we make this THEIR song. I have no ego when it comes to production and my only ever goal is to make the artists vision of the song come true! That vision usually evolves through the process as we work on serving the song but when the song is in its final form; I am never satisfied unless it is exactly how the artist wants it to be!
What's your typical work process?
Typically I will demo the songs with the artist in my home studio and we will build the song up from there. Tracking the core of the song and doing all the programming and arranging so then we know where we need to take the song and where it needs to go. We will then go into the studio and replace the programming with live performances (Where its needed). I then go through and edit up the session and make sure everything is working in the arrangement and performance and then once we are happy with what the song is; I go through and mix the track. Because of my work in the film industry; a lot of this mixing is done at night time so a typical song usually takes me 2-3 nights to mix from start to finish.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I do most of my tracking at the Recording Studio at Park Road Post Production where we have classic Neumann u47s, u87s etc. Old Sony c37As, AKG c414s, RCAs, Royers and all kinds of other classic mics. We also have Amek/Neve, Buzz, Universal Audio and Studer pre-amps. Its in an acoustically treated studio space with seperate control room/tracking room and is completely sound proofed; so no outside noise every creeps in at all! Monitoring is B&W monitors and ATCs.
I also have my home studio where I do all my mixing and a lot of additional tracking that is needed. There I have a bunch of outboard gear that I mix with like a UA6176, DBX160x, DBX903's, ADR Compex and Vocal Stressors etc.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am constantly inspired by artists from all over the world in all different genres. I love the works of Valgeir Sigurðsson, Manny Marroquin, Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore, Rick Rubin and many others. I have a deep love of punk rock because of the intensity and immediacy of the genre and this inspires me to try and bring to life many other genres and performances. On the flip side I also have a deep connection with acoustic folk music and anything in the alternative realm. Basically; I love music that means something to the artist.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common work I do is Producing, Recording and Mixing. I work across many genres and really aim to do whatever is needed. I also play session bass and guitar on many of the records I produce and also do most of the arrangements when im producing. Really, I try to make my work a one stop shop for artists of all walks of life.