Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I recorded Machine Gun Kelly's - Black Flag album. It was the first National record I recorded from start to finish. I co mixed the project with Ben Schigel, and co-produced a track on the album entitled "Mind of a Stoner" ft. Wiz Khalifa.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Mixed by East
Analog or digital and why?
I grew up working on digital consoles and using virtual plug-ins. Although I love analog gear, this day and age it seems almost everything is being emulated through plug-ins. I would prefer to use analog, but for convenience sometimes digital is the way to go.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to get the best sounding product to you for a reasonable rate and speedy turn around. I'm not happy until you're happy!
What do you like most about your job?
I absolutely love music. I love taking ideas and really bringing them to life. If it's tracking or mixing, I really like to work with the artists to try to get the best possible takes out of them, and making sure there mixes are exactly how they want to hear them.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Macbook Pro, Avalon 737, Neaumann TLM103, AKG240 Headphones.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been working in the music industry for roughly 6 years. I started as an intern in Cleveland OH's Lava Room Recording, and quickly worked up the ranks to become a lead engineer. After growing my client base I decided to open my own studio entitled "Empire Recordings", where I worked with countless national acts that came through the city, Machine Gun Kelly, Young Jeezy, and Kendrick Lamar to name a few.
How would you describe your style?
While recording, I'm fast and efficient. Flying hooks, and comping vocals are done with ease. Mixing I like to take a little different approach with, mixing the song as many times until my client is happy.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with James Fauntleroy, the way he approaches songs and his creative process to me is truly inspiring.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't "fix it in the mix". Get great takes while recording, and the mix will come together a lot cleaner.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip Hop / R&B / Pop / Pop Rock
What's your strongest skill?
Vocal Tracking, Mixing, Editing
What's your typical work process?
I like to organize sessions, and get the session as clean as possible. I then do vocal comping / edits, and proceed to move through the mix.
Tell us about your studio setup.
MAC Pro 8-Core, Digidesign 002, Warm Audio Mic Pre's,
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Noah "40" Shebib, Dr Luke, Fabian Marasciullo, Benny Blanco, Chris Lorde-Alge
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording, Mixing, Vocal Production