I was brought up around amazing music, film and food. Entertainment was always at the root of my occupations. Music and film sound are a passion. Original sound a quest. Influenced by world class filmmakers and musicians in Marin County, California.
Filmsound and recording/creating original effects for visual projects
has been a lifelong passion of mine since my first viewing of Star Wars
in 1977. I grew up being a drummer and DJ mixing sounds from all sources
of life. Over the past thirty years I've recorded and created unique
and original sounds for film, theatre and commercials.
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Interview with Sound Designer and Foley Artist
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Buddy Lee commercial. Hilarious delivery of character sound and fx. Comedy sound fx editor.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Branding and Advertising.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not really.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. That's like asking PC or Mac. It's just a outdated question.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That original sound makes for a better impression and that bad sound choices will ruin your audience experience every time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Recording original sound fx and mixing on amazing equipment, old and new.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Will you do this for a demo reel opportunity? NO.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you can save a bad story with good sound.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a budget? What's your time frame? Who have you worked with before? Can I see your work history? When do you expect to pay me? How much of an advance/retainer?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Bring your sound man into pre-production meetings. Include them in many of your production and story editing decisions.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Akai MPC, 12" saute pan, Shure SM57, Pre amp and a Sherman.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My entire life.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Live, Funky, Rock. John Bonham meets drum machine syncopation.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Matt Wood: Filmsound The Escovedo Family
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Turn it down before you turn it up! Fred Catero's Law.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock and Funk. Electronic dance/house. Deep, funky, soulful, San Francisco style. No festival rave nonsense.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Filmsound: Original fx. Music: Drumming
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Rhythm, big sound, funk, rock, recording experience. Open minded, but focused.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Retrieve great natural sound. Original recording work in studio. Layer and spot edit. Mix and enhance. Layback. Boom!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In the box. Outside the studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Matt Wood, Randy Thom, Chris Boyes, Gary Rydstrom. Josh Zee, Prince, Steven Situm. Steven Hart.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Original sound fx recording and editing to bring an amazing and unique sound to the project.