Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
One of my highlights was recording Willie Nelson at The Hollywood Bowl with a 100 piece orchestra (The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra).
What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished up recording and mixing with Steve Dorff producing 4 songs for Sam Bailey who won X-Factor a couple of years ago.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Andrew Scheps, Jake Antelis
Analog or digital and why?
I love both. Digital is MUCH easier and you can do a lot more with digital. If you set up your front end while recording with nice pieces of gear you can get to an "analog-y" sound. You have to remember with analog the "vibe' is there, with tape compression and a nice warm desk, with digital it captures exactly what you put into it. If you put a clean sound it will give back a clean sound. If you want something dirty, use dirty gear, it will capture everything good or bad.
What do you like most about your job?
I love music. All kinds of music. Helping artist realize their musical vision.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Ask questions. Communication is the key to getting exactly what you want.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Pro Tools, Neve 1073's, Nueman U87, and a guitar.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started as a guitar player playing in bands. I wrote most of the songs and when it came time to record I did all the recording which lead to other artist and friends asking me to produce, record and mix their music. I cut my teeth at the famous Village Recording Studio in Los Angeles where I learned about gear and how important it is to be on top of everything. By the time some one notices something wrong I was already on it to correct the issue. From there I went on to work in some of the most famous recording studios in America with some of the biggest names in music, T.V. and film. I have built and owned several studios, one of which Ice Cube purchased from me. I now have a 3 booth and control room professionally built studio where I do writing, production, recording and mixing for my music and for clients.
Can you share one music production tip?
Try not to use to much processing when recording. It is easy to add later but if it is overly processed when recording it is difficult to undo.
What type of music do you usually work on?
pop, rock, americana, country
Tell us about your studio setup.
A professionally built studio with a good size control room and 3 booths. Pro Tools based recording set up with a ton of plug-ins. Gear from Manley, UA, Neve, Tub-Tech, Dbx etc. etc. I have a collection of instruments and amps. Microphones from Nueman, Shure, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, etc
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I love the work of Linda Perry, mixes by Andy Wallace, Michael Brauer, Dave Pensado
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Full production / recording and mixing