Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
MY last 4tet CD it is my composition my production and my percussion playing with three great artists on OBOE, BASS CLARINET, CELLO
What are you working on at the moment?
PHIL NORMAN tentet ,and the original BRAD DUTZ tentet and my new 4tet
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
JOHN FUMO trumpet master
Analog or digital and why?
both,, but digital is quicker cleaner and can be fattend to seem analog
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If you dont like the tracks ILL do them again
What do you like most about your job?
IT is very fun and very creative and filled with new experience and mystery everyday
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
q- HOW soon can I get the tracks back?
a- VERY SOON
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
people sometimes think I am just a player, but I am a composer so I believe I can help other composers more with ths percussion they are seeking
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
How soon do you need it?,
How many tracks do you need?
what type of music do you like?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
JUST let the musician be creative and give you something first ,,,then after you have heard the style or sound it is easy to help direct them to exactly what you want
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
bones, frame drum, marimba, pandeiro ,ROLAND HANDSONIC
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I moved to LA in 1982 out of NTSU and started free lancing within 10 days and have not stopped in 34 years
How would you describe your style?
ORIGINAL creative jazz percussion with a lot of world influence migrating different techniques to different instruments
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
HERBIE HANCOCK, WAYNE SHORTER, RALPH TOWNER,ANTHONY BRAXTON
because they have all been very forward thinking about their music
Can you share one music production tip?
Always try to suggest the most original and creative approach , try to bring a NEW sound to every composition
What type of music do you usually work on?
jazz ,avante garde , alternative rock ,progressive rock ,soundtracks
What's your strongest skill?
Creativity originality and a very good groove
What do you bring to a song?
I have been told my ideas are very unique and original, I try to use the most exotic and unusual instrument first to surprise the listener and I am flexible if my clients want more standard sounds
What's your typical work process?
I get the tracks and quickly import them into DP then I start experimenting with different instruments and tectures
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a large room that can hold 5 musicians and DP8 with great mic preamps and several choices of mics.
The room has over 40 percussion instruments within quick access including marimba, vibes, xypophone
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I play mostly hand percussion on many CD film projects ,,also I play vibes and all the orchestral percussion instrument frequently for video games such as WORLD of WARCRAFT