What are you working on at the moment?
ska jazz album, reggae album with jamaican legends, roots dub album, 70's soul rock album
Analog or digital and why?
analog to death, digital if you want but only because it's your project
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
your project won't sound like others...in a good sens
What do you like most about your job?
meeting different people, helping musicians to understand and improve their sound, almost each week is another new project
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
can you work fast, good and for almost nothing . my answer. I can do two of the 3 propositions, give me your choice
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
thinking I only push buttons, people thinking i can give them all analog and wanting all the facilities of an all digital session (editing and other cheating)
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
what is your main goal artistically, do you want to conform to business codes or are you ready for some experimentation
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
take time to listening to the sound coming from the studio, more than one song from one album
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
fender stratocaster, tape echo, spring reverb, hand drum, microphone
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
learn directly in concert and studio, first album mix 10 years ago
How would you describe your style?
effective and original at the same time
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
too much to name, maybe the next Jimi Hendrix or Lee Perry if someone know him
Can you share one music production tip?
record as many musicians as possible playing together on tape
What type of music do you usually work on?
reggae, dub, soul, 70's rock, funk, west african music, ska, jazz, blues
What's your strongest skill?
to be able to find ideas to make what the musicians want without forgetting the main goal defined with the band before the session,
What do you bring to a song?
vintage color, big fat drum & bass sound, sens of economy when needed, psychedelic soundscape when wanted
What's your typical work process?
transfer to tape for mixing (if possible from the recording), go back to computer after mix
Tell us about your studio setup.
Full analog with 3 tape recorders (16, 8 and 2 tracks) + 40 channels mixer + 24 in/out digital station, all analog hardware, almost no plugins
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
King Tubby, Lee Perry, Stax label, Roots, Soul and experimental music of the 20 th century
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
recording full album or only mixing, sometimes some mastering and a lot of dubbing (old school remix)