What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
That one is crazy. I started at a production school manly for EDM. I then moved over to the Jim Henson lot for a company programming synths and mixing (Action Go Now). I also study under Steve Duda for about a year. Great guy. Has been working with DeadMau5 for years. I then moved into movies for a while. Did 25 of those and was nominated for a golden reel in sound. I then study at Larrabee studios in Jason Joshua room. Was great!. Now i am out on my own building a 2,725 sq foot studio with Dave Pensado and where i am at now
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Well i cant. When i was at Larrabe i sign a confidential agreement. Worked on some big stuff but that is there's. But i do love this new song coming out i worked on from China Marie. Great new artiest .
What are you working on at the moment?
Pop song and EDM song
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Both, because that is the future. The electric car did not get rid of the wheels that have been part of a car from the beginning. It charge the engine. So in my mind digital is the new motor and the analog are the wheels. Look you cant tell me that something magical cant happen using the analog gear. I would tell you you have never really worked in a studio to hear it, or you are going deaf! .lol
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
They will be happy
What do you like most about your job?
Well i call it the mixing Bug. I did not get into music on this path. I was learning how to produce and i just got the mixing bug and never looked back. It is a fun job and i look at it as helping someone. You take something great and make it even better for them. Plus you never stop learning. When you do you fall behind
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What kind of Gear do you have. I list it all out for them from hardware to plug ins till them tell me to stop. lol
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That is is not needed now days. I mean i have seen so many song go by that where "never mixed" by a pro. BS. It is something you have to work on for years to get your ears to ear something. Why do all the labels still do it?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Favorite type of music? What do you find wrong with the ruff Mix? What kind of range of what i can do, do i have on the mix? What is your favorite movie, lol? and what are you trying to become in the music biz to see if i can help? I am lucky to be where i am now and know a lot of big people and i dont mind helping out on something i believe in.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Well i really think vibe is so IMPORTANT. If you cant it will mess things up. I will be the 1st to tell you hey i dont think i am the guy for you. Not every key fits into every lock. It is so important. The energy has to be right or the project goes the wrong way.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I mac, SSL, Burl, Rock Unities, Clariphonic
How would you describe your style?
Clear and to the point. lol
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The 1975. I really like what they have come out with and they are bringing back a style that died.
Can you share one music production tip?
COMPRESSION is use to tame something, not to MAKE IT LOUDER. lol
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, R&B, EMD and Rock
What's your strongest skill?
Listen to what the client wants and my creativity. I don't follow a cookie cutter approach to mixing. each song needs a different path to be walked
What do you bring to a song?
It depends on the client in truth. I can bring "me" into any mix. But is that what the client wants? AS far what i can bring is a lot. Depending on the song. There is so much from vocal delays, feel to how the song builds to my taste on reverb and drums
What's your typical work process?
Well i work kind of different in that i do what ever is needed to get the song to its best for what the CLIENT wants. If that means adding in more of something i will do it to make the clients vision some to life. With that said i will work on a song over a few days. Might be working on 2. One in the morning and another in the afternoon. I find this helps my ears not get burned out on a song. So i can hear what we all need me to hear to make it POP.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Well i work in and out of the box on every mix. I use a chain of analog and digital. The chain is long and has a lot on it for a unique sound. Some of my chain is SSL, shadow hills, Burl and more.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Well me saying what music i love is like picking a correct card from the deck. I like so manny different ones. As far as mixing the professional that inspire me are Dave Pensado who i am working with, Jason Joshua who i used to work under. Darrell Thorp and Manny Marroquin
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do a lot of R & B Pop and EDM. Everything started in EDM producing ini school and i got hungry so i moved out into R&B and POP. Really enjoy it.