Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Clay Shelburn - Defined. Co-producer, engineer and mixer. Clay is having some viral success right now, and he very much deserves it. Talented guy with a great heart.
What are you working on at the moment?
New mixes every week.
Analog or digital and why?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll take it as far as you're willing, though that may require more effort than you expect.
What do you like most about your job?
Hearing new things everyday.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What's your rate? $400/song.... BUT if your music is AMAZING and you don't have the budget, I'll do it anyway.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Mixing is not magic. The source and the arrangement are what makes or breaks the mix.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Is there anything specific you want to hear. Give me references!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Lots of communication and setting expectations upfront makes everything smooth and outcomes good. I'm always willing to take the time to get to know a client.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Laptop with Pro Tools HD, 2 Apollo 16's, a Neve 8028, big box of mics and cables. Ok, so maybe that's more than 5.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Started doing mix tapes as a teenager, had a home studio before graduation, short stint in recording school and then 15 years of freelancing. Have done everything from ghetto rap to live orchestras.
How would you describe your style?
Organic, emotional, clean and BIG.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
KT Tunstall. Her songwriting and style are like nothing else.
Can you share one music production tip?
Set your monitors to K-12 when mixing.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Singer songwriters & Pop. I love Rock and RnB too, would like to do more of it. My RnB mixing is really good.
What's your strongest skill?
A no bullshit opinion on music.
What do you bring to a song?
What's your typical work process?
Mixing is in the box with UAD and other great modern stuff. Tracking is no nonsense vintage mics large format consoles and big studios. I don't compromise on the front end; therefore, the mixes are fine ITB.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Mixing room is Pro Tools HD with S3 controller and top converters and monitors. I frequently track in many of the top studios in Nashville and other cities.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Andy Wallace, Michael Brauer, Chuck Ainlay, Mark "Spike" Stent, Lex Price, Linda Perry, Coldplay, Hybrid, Sublime, 311, Incubus, all 90's rock & hip hop, Norah Jones, KT Tunstall, really there are hundreds––this could be awhile.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mainly mixing, but I produce about 4-5 projects a year. Used to record live dates everyday, very adept at live tracking in real studios.