What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I won't stop working on a project until the client is completely thrilled with how it sounds.
What do you like most about your job?
I love that it's different every day and I can always challenge myself to try something new.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out as a guitar player in a band. We wanted to record our music, so I learned how to do it through a lot of trial and error, with the help of some great mentors. I eventually went to school to study audio, landed some internships in my dream studios, and as a result learned from the best. I've been doing this for a total of about 7 years now and love how making records is still a learning process every time.
Can you share one music production tip?
The most important parts of making a record happen before the band or artist ever steps foot into the studio. Make sure you have picked your absolute best songs, come well rehearsed, and put new strings and drum heads on your instruments. Every great recording starts with talented musicians, good instruments, and a solid song.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, pop-punk, and hardcore has been my niche, but I also find myself working on country and pop music quite a bit.
What do you bring to a song?
I've had many years of experience in Nashville working with the best producers, engineers, and musicians in the world. That experience combined with my ear for detail means I am able to truly bring a song to it's full potential.
What's your typical work process?
If producing an album, I will always get with the band and do pre-production to figure out the best arrangement each song. We will then head into the studio and do live tracking of all the instruments if the band is comfortable with that. I then will do any necessary editing before finishing with vocals and any other necessary overdubs. The final step is mixing and mastering the song, where my goal is to meet the band's vision of the song and add my own professional touch to it.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a mixing/mastering and vocal overdub studio in my home. I also regularly work out of other facilities in Nashville.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Eric Valentine is a producer and engineer that I have always looked up to. He has a very specific sound and yet has worked on just about every type of music there is.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I typically produce, mix, and master albums for my clients.