I would love to mix a song or play drums for you!
I've spent the better part of my adult life traveling across this country both playing drums and running live sound. I've now settled into a somewhat normal family life and for the past year freelancing as a mix engineer on the recorded side of things in my home studio and I'm loving it! I'm looking to branch out a bit and try my luck on some remote work. I'm exited to work with some of you and looking forward to building some working relationships. Thank you for checking out my profile!
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Interview with Tone Hill Studio
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Digital can never truly replace the analog gear but the editing, recall and automation features of today’s daws are absolutely necessary to work fast and efficiently.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Akg 414 x2 , sm7 , computer and interface? Do I get to bring xlr cables too or do they count against my 5 pieces?!?!?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication. Nothing can progress without being on the same page as the artists you’re working with.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Pretty much just prioritizing what’s most important and working down the list as quickly as possible. I like to be near the end of the recording session or mix and still have a sense of excitement like I’m listening to a new song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: One room, meat and potatoes set up. It’s mostly me working by myself so I’m built for tracking drums and mixing. Although I have the ability to record a full band playing live when appropriate.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Vance Powell
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording and mixing and playing drums. I also do live sound and play drums in a bar band to keep my self involved locally.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to talk about bands and albums and styles they like. It helps me get a sense of the direction they want to go.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is key. The more I know about what you want, the better my chances are of getting it right on my first try. (Reference tracks!)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Adaptive. I also like to live by the 'less is more' motto when it's appropriate.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Practice! The only way to get better is to keep doing it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Passion! I'm constantly working with music in one way or another. It's my desire to make whatever I'm working on sound the best that I possibly can. Whether it's me playing drums and running sound for my own band or me mixing another band live or recording and mixing a band in my studio or running the board at church, the music gets my absolute best effort.