What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently recording a solo album under the pseudonym Little Cricket. The unnamed album will consist of 10+ tracks of witty pop rock.
Analog or digital and why?
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.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen to my portfolio. If you think it matches up with what you're looking for, give me a shout!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Computer, recording interface, headphones, midi controller, and Gibson SG
How would you describe your style?
Poppy, bright, airy
Can you share one music production tip?
Mix in mono.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, punk, rock, and folk
What's your strongest skill?
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.
What do you bring to a song?
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.
What's your typical work process?
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.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
J. Robbins, Chad Clark, Steve Albini, Ian MacKaye, Ben Folds, Eric Bachmann, Travis Morrison