What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to be professional, follow through on my jobs, and do the best I can to make your project into what you hear in your head.
What do you like most about your job?
Music chose me. It made me who I am and if I could do one thing for the rest of my life it would be to create musically. There's so much satisfaction in listening to a hook in your head and turning it into a whole song.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
As a vocalist and writer, I think the biggest misconception is that we think the music we work on is all about us. If I'm hired to work on someone's music, I'm going to put your needs first and create your vision and I'm going to put the extra time in outside of the studio to make sure I can be what you need. Vocalists are generally seen as diva's or "just vocalists," but I see myself as a musician first and foremost.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I find out the basics first such as the style and what my job would be and then ask what they see as the end goal so that I can be as supportive of that as I can.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Find someone who you will work well with and get along with. No amount of talent can make up for a stressful working environment and difficult employee.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Acoustic guitar, Cajon, a pen and a notebook. I try to live simply.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career end goal is to be making and performing music successfully enough to make a living. I picked up my first guitar 9 years ago and have been writing and performing ever since.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Chris Thile. He's just my favorite ever. :)
What type of music do you usually work on?
Generally I work on indie folk/pop but recently I've been enamored by singing on electronic music.
What's your strongest skill?
Picking up melodies quickly and harmonizing.
What do you bring to a song?
I can find something in any song, whether it's the lyrics or the mood, to relate to and feed off of to make your song sound as authentic as I possibly can.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Chris Thile is by far my biggest musical influence. I've learned a lot from his honest vocals and poetic, but easy to understand lyric writing.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most commonly I do lead and background vocals with harmonies.