indie/rock/pop producer who loves making noise more than anything. recorded and produced the alternative's best album of 2019 with rosie tucker and billboard's #5 rock album of 2019 with maddie ross. nothing i love more than making rad music with rad people!!
got my bachelor’s in music from usc’s popular music program in 2014 and have been recording and producing artists and bands nonstop ever since. as an in-house producer/engineer for dan wilson (adele, taylor swift, dixie chicks) and mix/engineering assistant to keith armstrong (green day, 5 seconds of summer, ra ra riot), i’ve had the opportunity to work in multiple genres in a professional studio. fully capable of adding live bass, guitar, synths, background vocals, what have you. also fully versed in all aspects of editing.
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Interview with Wolfy
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The Maddie Ross album, Never Have I Ever, was a concept album based on early 2000's teen movies. Every song was set to score a classic scene in teen movies (first day of school, hot girl walking in slow motion, the guy who asked you to prom was doing it for a bet) and the music was supposed to sound straight out of 2003. I recorded, produced and co-wrote all of the songs. Fully worth the work, a true passion project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The third Rosie Tucker album. We've been recording up in a cabin in Mammoth. We're really pushing ourselves with these songs, trying to make them harder, better, faster, stronger.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Doesn't matter. Whatever tools you have are the best tools.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll work my hardest to make sure my client gets exactly what they're looking for.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything. Spending hours and weeks and months on a few songs and albums worth of noise is the whole point.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That making music has to be hard or not fun. The whole experience is a joy. Songs and albums are just records of amazing days and nights spent with friends. Working hard and working on music you really believe in is a joy. It should be fun!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking to get from me? How specifically can I help you? What kind of music, which artists do you like and are trying to reference?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: As talented as anyone is, if a producer and artist aren't a good fit, then it's not a good fit! It's gotta feel like a good, safe, communicative relationship. No matter how good the music is or could be, if it's not fun it's not fun!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A notebook, an acoustic guitar, a mic, and a tape recorder. That's all I would need.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I graduated from USC's Popular Music Program in 2014 and produced my first EP that year. I hit the ground running right after graduation and have been producing bands and artists and singer/songwriters nonstop since. In addition to that I've been a mixing and recording assistant to Keith Armstrong, an engineer in LA with the most insane rock credits to his name. I also spent some time as an in-house producer and engineer for Dan Wilson, esteemed songwriter and producer. In addition to my studio work I've toured as a guitarist and bassist with a few projects all over the country, projects I've produced. All the knowledge I've gained just further increases my love and understanding for recording. All I want to do is make records!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: There's a deep, deep love for pop music as well as punk and pop punk guitars. My productions tend to be a little more edgy and hard-hitting than not. Love sound effects and quirky moments.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Harry Styles. I love his voice and think he could sell a lot of different styles of music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Dynamics are key. Commit to dynamic choices and ask yourself if a song ends in the same place it starts. Should it? Should it not?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A lot of my work tends to involve full rock band instrumentation whether it's indie, pop/rock, pop punk, or indie pop with synths. Anything on the indie/pop/rock spectrum.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is my diversity of styles. I have such a wholehearted love for everything rock as well as pop. Being able to communicate, arrange and record in lots of genres is something I not only enjoy doing but also excel at.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring tasteful arranging and a desire to always try something new. Always aiming for a little left of center, my productions tend to have moments with unusual sounds. Above all, I bring intention to artists' songs. If they're going for quiet and sad, I aim for the most quiet, the most sad. If we're going hard, I like to go HARD.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I talk with the artist about what their vision for the song is, what artists they like, what sort of instrumentation they're hearing and we talk through a gameplan. If they have something already recorded I'll clean up their tracks, make sure they're sounding good, maybe add a little bit of processing before I start to add my own production.Then either by myself or with the artist, I'll continue fleshing out the production with real and sampled instruments.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small home studio with a UAD Apollo Twin and monitors in which to do overdubs and all my programming. For anything else I have access to mid-sized and larger studios.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ricky Reed, Mike Elizondo, Mike Green
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Fully producing, arranging, and recording tracks, no matter what state. Adding guitars, bass, synths, drums, percussion, samples as needed.