Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
"Slaughterhouse" by the Latvian band Relicseed. It won the IMA's "Best metal/hardcore album" in 2015.
I played guitar on that one, as well as co-wrote it and recorded the pre-production part of it.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on mixing a couple of albums at this moment. It's all old-school rock music.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Fast, efficient, recallable.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will do my best to meet your demands in the shortest time possible.
What do you like most about your job?
I like being my own boss.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you fix my performance?
Almost always I can.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
All my mixes sound the same because I work in the box and have a distinctive workflow.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What end result are they trying to achieve. It's important because I may or may not be the guy for that specific job. Always negotiate beforehand to avoid misunderstandings.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Label your tracks, have all the necessary information ready, so that we can work as quickly as possible.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Monitors - ADAM A7X
Microphone - JZ Black Hole
Compressor - Empirical Labs Distressor
Countryman DI box
PC with Cubase on it
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been doing this for about 9 years. I started out by making a rehearsal space for my band. Eventually, I acquired enough gear to try some recording. It sort of blew up from there.
How would you describe your style?
I like to work fast, clean and efficient. I try to never leave projects hanging. Deadlines are there for a reason.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with Nickelback. They seem to have it figured out songwriting-wise and they have a killer sound.
Can you share one music production tip?
The sound is in your mind, not your gear.
Other than that, get it right at the source.
What type of music do you usually work on?
What's your strongest skill?
Slip editing in Cubase.
What do you bring to a song?
I try my best to make the song sound as tight and good as it can. I also love to add in little background guitars and synths to make a part pop.
What's your typical work process?
I would record a band to the best of their ability, then edit the rest.
Prep the mix. Never mix without prep.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Mixing/editing - Cubase 6.0.7 on Windows 8.1, ADAM A7X monitors.
I also use Logic Pro X, if necessary.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Joey Sturgis, Eyal Levi, Joel Wanasek, Andy Sneap, Colin Richardson, Kevin Churko, Andy Wallace, Jens Bogren, Glenn Fricker and others.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording full bands, editing drums, guitars and vocals.
Drum replacement (Drumagog or Kontakt), converting drums to midi.