What's your 'promise' to your clients?
It's not just about the money. It's about their full satisfaction and seeing themselves reflected in my work.
What do you like most about your job?
This is fun! I get paid to play and do what I do and what's best is that and I can lose myself doing that.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Thinking that the computer does all the work at the push of a button, forgetting about the hours we spent to acquire the knowledge, the craft and the experience or that computers can fix anything.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I want to find out who is their target audience.
I also ask if they can provide reference tracks, from an sonic, emotional and performance prospective.
I want to find out what type of contribution they expect from me. For example, if the need technical or creative input or both.
It it's for composition/production, I will ask also if they have any genre, instrumentation, style preferences.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I generally ask them to come prepared and rehearsed (if it's a recording) or to provide me with material that have been vetted and finalised.
To have a clear sense of what goals they want to accomplish with the project but also to keep an open mind. It is a creative process after all and sometimes great ideas might strike in the middle of the process.
Tell us about your studio setup.
As much as I like to rely on physical interfaces to ease my workflow, I am pretty much an "in-the-box" kind of guy. I've been using Steinberg software since I started my career. These guys make products that are really solid, easy to use and are constantly looking for ways to improve the workflow.
I also like Waves plug-ins and I'm constantly looking for new products to upgrade.
But having said that I still haven't found an EQ, a Mic Pre or a Compressor that makes me a better professional.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to how well you know your gear, your taste and your ears.
What are you working on at the moment?
Probably by the time this interview is published, my answer to this question will be obsolete already.
I'm constantly working on something if it's not a client, my personal stuff or building my music library.
At the moment I just finished the audio restoration and sweetening of a dialogue track for a corporate video and secret surprise wedding song that a client commissioned to me for his bride-to-be.
I'm helping a DJ friend of mine to produce a mixtape and I'm working with a Canadian singer songwriter in writing and producing some Butt Hole Surfers/Grinderman-inspired Indie Rock tracks.
Analog or digital and why?
I started professionally in the analog domain. I believe there's no "either or" in this profession. Both analog and digital have their advantages and limitations. My opinion is that it's just a matter of time and budget and if you can afford both worlds, why not?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Anyone with an open mind, who's not afraid to take risks and cherishes a bit of madness, irony, (dry & wry) humour but most of all, an impeccable work ethic and desire for excellence.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
It really depends as I do both corporate and commercial works. I work quite often with vocalists and people who are looking for someone to help develop their ideas and also people looking for original music.