Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was selected to present at Arizona Producer Day this last summer!
What are you working on at the moment?
Audio projects to pitch for TV, A 1960's record, an EDM project for this spring, horror music for haunted houses, a mix project from a live show, a mastering project for a discography and show prep for three live band projects/gigs this month.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
My studio uses a Lynx Arora for conversion because it's mastering quality.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will provide a comfortable working environment ( whether it is virtual or in person) and deliver quality products for you to enjoy!
What do you like most about your job?
MUSIC!!! So much variety and such talent in the world...always something to teach or learn!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Question - "What does it cost?"
Answer - "What are you hoping to have when product is delivered? Let's work to understand if your budget meets your goals in my room to see if I'm a good fit for you"
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
My rough mixes do not inform what the final product will sound like. I track, then edit and clean up first...at this stage the mix is not representative of what it's gonna sound like. Mixing and mastering happen later in the process. If you like my final products, trust my process ;)
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is your musical center? What is your budget? What is the final product you want to have (demo or full blown production).
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Pick me and we will create audio product you can be proud of!!!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
TJS Custom Drums, Blue Bottle mic + capsules, API mic pre amp, midi keyboard, DAW with soundcard interface and samples.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Drumming in band through junior high school, President of Choirs in high school. Private lessons in collage and touring musician in the '80's. Gigging and recording artist and studio rat in the '90's. House band musician in casinos, Scottsdale nightclubs and show rooms to date. Studio owner since the mid '90's.
How would you describe your style?
I serve the song.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Prince....he does it all at the very highest level of competency.
Can you share one music production tip?
For bands - preproduction pays off! In the studio, Spend time tracking an excellent performance. Passion over perfection!
What type of music do you usually work on?
From bluegrass to modern production music beds.
What's your strongest skill?
Drumming. Vocal harmonies. Editing. Mixing.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring musicality, passion and thoughtful application of taste. Also modern and traditional recording and playing techniques.
What's your typical work process?
Every day is different....tracks are sent to me via Dropbox to add drums/percussion/vocals to, or to mix or master.....Clients come to the studio record or mix...etc.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a boutique project studio including Blue's best mics, Neve, API, True and Avalon preamps into Lynx Arora conversion....killer licensed software and custom mastering monitors. Good stuff!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I specialize in '50's - '90s acoustic drum styles and enjoy mixing for "that '70's sound"!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I am a long time professional drummer and studio owner/engineer.