Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I will get back to this questions.
What are you working on at the moment?
3 Albums- Producing instrumental, recording artist, Writing songs and mixing songs
1 Mixtape- Recording vocals, adding effects and mixing songs.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Have not looked yet. I will update this answer later.
Analog or digital and why?
Both- Because they both have pros and cons.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To keep your vision and direction as my highest priority. Take ownership and responsibility for my actions and forecast possible results before beginning a project.
What do you like most about your job?
Interacting with people on a professional level and earning their respect.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do I need to re-record previous/older songs done at a previous studio.
Answer- If the recording delivery, tone and/or character was not performed to your satisfaction the 1st time. There are also technical/hardware possibilities as well. Every situation is different.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
One of the biggest misconceptions about what I do is that only a select few people can be successful. Anyone with enough drive, motivation, dedication, education and persistence can excel in any field of work.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
How much time do you spend on your craft? What are your areas of opportunity? Who are your idols?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Ensure that the engineer/producer has the skill of active listening and can prove to you that they understand your objectives. Always have a reference of previous work or admired professional work.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Blue Berry Microphone, Dangerous Music D-Box, Yamaha Monitors, Piano, and La 2a Comp/Lmtr.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Working with music in studio pro environments- 2003 to present
Composing Instrumentals - 2006 to present
Recording - 2008 to present
Mixing - 2009 to present
Mastering- 2013 to present
How would you describe your style?
Adaptive to the artist and/or project.
Can you share one music production tip?
Before adding effects and processing, see what can be achieved with volume and panning first.
What do you bring to a song?
Inspiration, cutting edge ideas, and constructive feedback.
What's your typical work process?
Identify client's request through use of probing questions, audio references and examples.
Produce/Co-Produce any necessary instrument and/or vocal pieces/arrangements.
Capture the best recording possible though accurate use of room, mic placement, DAW and hardware.
Prepare recording for in-house or 3rd party mixing engineer.
Mix the project with professional references and cutting edge processing techniques.
Prepare the mix for in-house or 3rd party mastering engineer.
Ensure that the client's vision is in perspective and brought to life properly.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Instruments- Trumpet | 3 Guitars |
Interfaces- Applo Twin | Digi 002 | Focusrite Scarlett | M-Box |
Monitors- Yamaha Hs8s | M-Audio Bx5a |
Midi Controllers- Oxygen | MPD | MPK | Antares |
Microphones Brands- AKG | Blue | MXL |
Headphones- Sony | Dre Beats | Skull Candy | Audio-Technica | Sennheiser |
Treatment- SE Reflexion Filter Pro | Auralex Project Studio Kit |
Cables- Mogami Gold |
Other- 13 X 17 Studio Room | U- shape Wraparound Maple Desk | Sofa Seating Area | Drum Kit setup area |
OS OSX | Windows |
DAWS- Pro Tools 32bit and 64 bit | Logic | Reason | Garage Band | Fl Studio | Record |
VST- Native Instruments Komplete | Omnisphere | Propellerhead | AIR |
Effects- Avid | Native Instruments | Propellerhead | Fl Studio | UAD | Slate Digital |
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The respectful ones both local and major, open to new ideas, serious and consistently hard working.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Hip hop, R&B, Trap, Neo Soul, Gospel Rap, Gospel R&B, Classical, PBR&B, Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop Soul, Dance-pop, Europop Jpop.
What's your strongest skill?
The ability to be open, humble, honest, patient and respectful.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
RZA, The Neptunes, Mike WiLL Made It, Ne-Yo, Just Blaze, Timbaland, Kanye West, Dr. Dre.
Chris Lord-Alge, Jimmy Douglass, Leslie Braithwaite, Manny Marroquin, Dave Pensado, Young Guru.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Producing original instrumentals, recording/editing and mixing.