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Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: J. Robbins, Chad Clark, Steve Albini, Ian MacKaye, Ben Folds, Eric Bachmann, Travis Morrison
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I adjust levels and pans to make sure every track has its place in the mix and can be heard. Then I use subtle EQ and compression to carve the tone of the tracks and give them some life. Finally I use reverb and delay sparingly to give depth where needed. I complete most of my mixing in mono, to ensure that my plug-in choices are appropriate for the entire mix, not just the left or right channel. I may use minimal EQ and compression during the mastering phase, but most importantly I limit the master to bring the whole mix up to a competitive level before I bounce the file.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Before the mastering phase, I go through the entire song and make automation adjustments to level, pan, and plug-ins to keep the song alive and interesting during each and every section.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is knowing where to place tracks in the stereo field to create space and allow each instrument to occupy its own place in the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, punk, rock, and folk
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mix in mono.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Poppy, bright, airy
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, recording interface, headphones, midi controller, and Gibson SG
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to my portfolio. If you think it matches up with what you're looking for, give me a shout!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. There's nothing wrong with analog recording, just like there's nothing wrong with listening to vinyl records, but my digital studio setup allows me to work efficiently while providing a product of comparable quality.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently recording a solo album under the pseudonym Little Cricket. The unnamed album will consist of 10+ tracks of witty pop rock.