What are you working on at the moment?
Recording and producing 2 original songs for a private client.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I will do my best to uphold your highest vision of your song or project.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to paint and create beauty and art with sound. What's not to love.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is your vision? What is the purpose of the song/project? What emotions or message is your song trying to convey.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Know what your vision is and how to express it verbally.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A Fender Stratocaster. A Fender Champ Amp. A portable 8 track recording unit. An SM57. A pair of headphones.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have sung and played saxophone for over 17 years, and have played guitar for over 10 years. I started doing home recordings in 2006 with a Tascam 8 track porta-studio. After years of using this unit and eventually Pro Tools, I developed my ear and recording skills to a professional level.
How would you describe your style?
In the moment. Whatever it takes to create beauty and art.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Frank Ocean. He is so ahead of his time in terms of originality and production.
Can you share one music production tip?
Never let the song lose its soul.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Original RnB, Soul, Hip Hop, and Pop songs.
What's your strongest skill?
Cultivating and allowing the beauty to shine through a song.
What do you bring to a song?
A vast knowledge and understanding of music theory, history, and instruments as well as a creative and balanced ear.
What's your typical work process?
Record the foundation of the song and let it evolve from there.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run Pro Tools with an M-Audio Fast track interface and M-Audio BX5 studio monitors. I also use an M-Audio Axiom 25 midi controller and a padded vocal booth.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Frank Ocean.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Writing, co-writing, performing, recording, mixing, and producing original songs and projects.