What are you working on at the moment?
Producing 2 projects: Abril and Frida Ponce.
Analog or digital and why?
For Vocals: good analog chain with as little digital processing as possible.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
The best sounding vocals available with a good sense of style.
What do you like most about your job?
That I get to meet incredible and talented people around the world.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long does it take you to record a vocal track?
Including warmups and training + recording lead and background vocals + editing (removing silence and comping)... it all takes me about an hour per song-minute.
It means that if the song is 03:45 minutes long, it should take me about 3 to 4 hours to get it all done. A bit more if the background vocals are too complex.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's all very easy.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are you looking for in the vocal tracks in terms of style?
What sound/color do you need in the lead vocal?
Do you need background vocals?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Go for a singer that has a proven record of doing things right. A singer that won't settle for a bad take. A singer who is a perfectionist. A singer that has training and experience recording. That will save you some serious time and money when you are mixing later.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Asuming it has electricity:
- Audeze LCD-XC Headphones
- Antelope Zen Tour interface
- Telefunken ELAM 251 mic
- Apple computer
- Dizengoff DA2 Preamp
... with all the cables needed of course
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been singing professionally for more than 20 years.
How would you describe your style?
Pop with a hint of soul
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
As a singer:
Aloe Blacc... He has done incredible things that surprise me. I would love to sing with him some time.
Alan Parsons (the Alan Parsons Project)... I don't know why. His songs fit me like a glove.
Can you share one music production tip?
Always find the right Mic and Preamp for your singer... it makes everything easier afterwards.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Funk, Blue-Eyed Soul...
What's your strongest skill?
Flexibility. I can sing almost any style in a tenor range.
What do you bring to a song?
Experience, a great sense of groove and feel, good skills and technique... and no need for you to auto-tune or edit!!!!... I won't deliver bad takes to you.
What's your typical work process?
If it's just a vocal recording: I get a reference track of what you need + the lyrics, and I test my vocals on it. I make sure to let you know if there's a change needed in order to make it more fluent and easy.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have everything to record really great vocals.... The Slate VMS allows me to have all the classic microphones and Preamps at my disposal. Plus I have a vintage U87 clone (WA87) and a JZ Microphones V11 (very warm and bright sound). I also have a Coles 4038, in case you want a very vintage sound .
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Michael Jackson is my main inspiration as a singer. You can tell there's a lot of his influence in my songs.
Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, George Michael, Frank Sinatra... there's a lot of them in my voice, the softness, the hardness, the funkiness (is that a word?).
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
All Vocal work... Vocal coaching for other singers, recording Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Voice Arrangements, lyrics, adaptations, and so on. I have also made some Sound-Alike vocals (has been fun to do that)