Analog or digital and why?
Honestly, whatever works and sounds best. As much as I'd love to go on a tirade about how working exclusively with analog sounds more authentic, I can't comp vocals with a tape machine.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I HIGHLY ADVISE you consider getting your project mastered after I mix it (I am willing and able to recommend you the best engineer for your project, as well as get you a quote). Most mastering houses have indie rates, and it really makes a difference, especially when it comes to online streaming platforms.
What's your typical work process?
Usually I do my work in "passes." I'll load everything into ProTools and get all of the volumes of the individual tracks where I want them, as well as add any effects that may be necessary. Then I'll go and do an EQ pass, adding equalization to each track (and adjusting the volume as necessary). Then I'll do a compression pass, adding various compressors/amounts of compression to each track. I'll do each of these passes 3 or 4 times before adding anything else to the master channel.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Computer, RME interface of some sort, Shure SRH 840 headphones, Waves Mercury bundle, and ProTools (with a spare iloc because you never know)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been messing around with digital audio workstations since 2010 and been pursuing a career in this field as a student, full time, since 2013.
How would you describe your style?
Crisp and clean, the best practical example of this is "Magna Carta Holy Grail" by Jay Z (also the master by Chris Gehringer is killer)
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd love to work under Metro Boomin, Boi-1da, and especially 40. I've been listening to records by them lately and would love the opportunity to work with them and the artists they produce.
Can you share one music production tip?
Good musical arrangement is 50% of a good mix. Focus on getting all of your 'layers' locked down and I can take care of any audio engineering (EQ, compression, etc) that may be necessary
What type of music do you usually work on?
Usually electronic dance music (EDM, Dance music, techno, etc), hip-hop/rap, and rock.
When working for hire, I am open to any and all genres that may come my way, I view it as a way to expand my musical horizons and listening habits.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Deadmau5, Chris Lord Alge, Dillon Francis, Eddie Kramer, Bob Katz
Tell us about your studio setup.
I usually work almost completely in the box (ProTools and many plugins), this gives me the ability to work almost anywhere but also to take my mixes into many different studio spaces in order to get a better reference.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mostly multi-track mixdowns. A client gives me the individual instrument tracks (stems) and I mix them down to a stereo (or 5.1 if need be) track that you can then send off to a mastering engineer or for distribution.