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Interview with Band House Recordings
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm the most proud of projects I've worked on in an educational role with kids. Seeing them grow as you creatives and people through performing and recording for the first time is the best thing ever!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My personal project right now is a country band that covers indie and punk songs for YouTube!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I work 20% analog and 80% digital. This is where I'm rather biased, but we have the analog bits that matter covered. Analog, preamps, transformers, eq, compression and good microphones before it goes into the converter is the most important. DAW's and Plugin's are so good that we can emulate 90% of everything else in the computer. The extra 10% of the "analog" sound that is missing gets made up for by the fact that we can be much more creative and recall anything instantly, thereby getting a better final product!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will keep working until everyone is satisfied with the project. Deadlines are often important, but we will always deliver work before the deadline in order to make changes that will make everyone involved in the project satisfied.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love seeing artists grow as songwriters, performers, personally and in their career. We can always get a good sounding record. But, when a record impacts all of our lives positively, thats when the biggest reward is.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: After basic things like rates and gear questions, they generally ask about my role as producer. How heavy handed am I? My answer is that there isn't a format. If it's a solo artist whole only has songs on acoustic guitar, I'll write and add as many instruments as they like. Conversely, If's its a five piece metal band with super particular parts, I don't want to get in the way of that. My job is to amplify the artist, not create my own agenda.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is that I only work in heavier genres. Before I started producing, I was always in pop punk or hardcore bands so I totally understand where people are coming from. But in songwriting, producing and mixing I'm a person of many genres, I even played classical viola in high school!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask if they can send me some of their previous work even if its just a YouTube video, or if it's local I'll go see them play. After that we talk project goals and what resources are needed.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Spend time talking with your top 5 choices of providers. The best person is the one you vibe with the best. Their resume and technical ability are very important, but if you don't feel comfortable with each other it won't work. Think of it as building a team!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My mac Book Pro, Ableton Live, my Les Paul, a Shure SM7 and my Antelope converter. You really don't need anything else in 2019!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I graduated from Northern Vermont University with a degree in Music Business and Recording. This taught me that production and engineering is a lifelong pursuit and I have been practicing this craft from a hands on standpoint ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Our style is to put the song first, leave space and to record beautifully. We love big 70's transformers and 60's compressors for tracking, the spank of 80's compression in a mix and making things sound massive with software. But, before we get carried away with gear again, big instrumentation and knowing when to let elements shine by themselves in a song is our mantra.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Of Monsters and Men would be incredible. There is such sonic diversity and layers to the production that it would be fascinating to mix.On top of that helping to produce such great melodies and vocals would be an honor.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure you can crush any of the technical parts of creation without even having to think about it. The engineering should be completely out of the way during creative moments!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Our production projects generally sit between indie pop and heavier styles. But we've mixed and mastered all genres, we love hearing and learning new styles of music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: We serve the song and the melody first as a team with the artist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As producers we want to be the conduit for your ideas, lets shape them and then present everything with the best possible arrangement and sounds. As engineers it is then our job to amplify everything further and create a competitive, unique final product.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We like to first get to know the people we are working with. Let's get a coffee before the session and talk about goals for the project and what is the artistic thread? When it comes to any recording or mixing session it is important to always put the song first. We like to keep the technical areas of a project efficient and invisible if a guitar sound needs to be changed halfway through a song, we can do it without interrupting the flow of the session and in a way that still keeps the song consistent.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Our studio rig is set up for two main goals. The first is mobility. We can bring our rig to the artist's space and get the session recorded without the overhead cost of a commercial facility. This not only makes it more affordable, but allows everyone to create in an environment they are comfortable performing in. Secondly we use a hybrid format of mastering grade converters, software, outboard and monitoring at our physical location to provide quick a turn around for mix and master projects.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: For musicians we are just fans of good music, we have personal influences, but art is art and we're honored to put our best effort in on it! From a professional standpoint we have taken great inspiration from people like Cameron Webb, Beau Burchell, Jay Maas, Will Yip; amongst many other producers in various genres.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: We do work in two main areas. The first is production and recording for indie artists. We can take a basic song arrangement, add all the remaining instrumentation and fully engineer the song. The other work we mainly do is mix and master for unattended sessions. We'll work out a flat rate that includes both services for the whole record, or we can set it up a la carte.