What's your strongest skill?
I would say the ability to step back from all the minutiae and see the bigger picture. Does the track make me want to listen - does it encourage me to lean in or to step away - is it conveying the artist's intention - is it supporting the storytelling?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Can I get any demos you have, as well as conductor scores (if they exist)? and picture (when mixing for film)? I will also have questions about the story, and how you approached writing the music.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I have found that the ideal way to communicate about music and sound with someone you haven't worked with before, is through examples; which will help lay the foundation for a common language. Without examples the same verbal descriptions can mean different things to different people.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I would take no gear.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I played trumpet and piano through college (BMus), which is when I got involved in recording. After college I did a year and half stint at the Banff Centre for the Arts as an Audio Associate working primarily on chamber music and jazz projects, as well as live concerts. Early in my career I had no interest in film music and just wanted to make records. Unexpectedly I ended up working on three film projects back to back in 2002 that took me as a scoring mixer to Moscow and Seoul, and as a music editor to Abbey Road (London) and New Zealand. After that I was hooked and realized that I loved working on films as much as - if not more than - records.
Can you share one music production tip?
If something is bothering you fix it at the time - don't assume you can fix it later.