Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
All of them. I truly learn something about myself as an Engineer/Producer with each project that I can take to my career moving forward.
What are you working on at the moment?
Too many projects to name. Our studio works on projects day in and day out but I love taking on new projects all the time and hate sleep so luckily I keep pretty quick turnaround times to keep customers returning for more projects.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
David Pichard and Chris McClain.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. I use a hybrid setup and love both worlds. They both have there pros and cons to me.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To give the best quality I'm currently capable of and to continue to grow into a position of giving even better quality work.
What do you like most about your job?
That it doesn't feel like a job and is truly what I love doing 24/7.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's easy.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What services of mine can help you to get this where it needs to be?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I'm very customer service based. My job is to give a product my clients can be proud of, all while doing it with my "flair" to it. So when hiring me, the better a picture you can paint for me of the emotion and vibe you're going for, the better I can understand what to bring out to make your vision a reality.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
my laptop of course, my apollo twin interface, a U87 since I could only take one mic, a Distressor, and a good set of headphones that I could learn and use to monitor.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out DJing at 14 then moved into the studio realm of things and an Engineering job at 22 and have been doing it since then.
How would you describe your style?
minimalistic. I like things to feel as natural as possible for most songs depending on what the genre calls for. I like to portray the emotion of the song the way it was meant to be captured.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Alicia Keys or Adele. Just the way that they evoke emotion as well as power and subtleties through there voice would be a challenge to capture and would be an amazing experience and achievement.
Can you share one music production tip?
simplicity is the genius behind hits (most of the time).
What type of music do you usually work on?
Being here in Hawaii I truly work on all different kinds of genres and everyday is something different. I might do Jazz one day then Hip-Hop the next, then Reggae that night.
What's your strongest skill?
Because I pretty much do every aspect of this day in and day out (recording,mixing,mastering,editing,and production) I can't really say I have a strong point. I tend to do my best to keep my chops up to the best of my ability in all of those areas.
What do you bring to a song?
I guess my only answer to this would be a finishing point. I kind of bring the outside, un-biased ear that helps get the song across the finish line. I at least like to think so.
What's your typical work process?
I don't really have one. I treat each song differently based on what the song is telling me it needs and where it wants to go. I'm definitely not a "technical" Engineer and am more of a "musical" Engineer. I at times do things that make no sense from a technical aspect, but it works well musically and sounds good to me. That approach has worked well for me so far so I Tend to stick to it.
Tell us about your studio setup.
The studio I work out of mostly is Blue Planet Sound. It's a great facility with a great sounding room centered around an Avid HDX setup (but also using Logic Pro X or Studio One at time). Great monitoring there as well with Barefoot MM12's and also a set of Avantone Mixcubes. Lots of outboard gear (SSL pre's,eq's and compressors, API pre's, 1176's, Distressors,610's some of the usuals). As another pre-production and mixing room I use frequently I'm using some Avantone Abbey's to monitor and just my Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface which gets the job done as well.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
As far as Engineers it's Jimmy Douglass and Andrew Scheps. Production-wise it's mostly Pharell, Bryan Michael Cox, Timbaland, Ayo The Producer.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.