What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I had my first music studio when I was maybe 11 years old using old unused pieces of gear from my dad's studio. So I've been at this for a while. I'd say I started taking guidance from producers in 2012. I started the business in 2015.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Sunbathers - Intimacy. It was at the point where I finally reached a new level of my ability. Also the song recieves so much response online. The band has a unique, creative style. It's just nice to be a part of success.
What are you working on at the moment?
Sunbathers new single.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Digital because of editing. I love combining the analog warmth of preamps and the pump of compressors.
What do you like most about your job?
No rules. Playing back something you played a major role in creating.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Most of my inquiries are business related. Mostly about money. I'll ask how they are funding the project and what budget they want to set for whatever project.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I'm not sure! I suppose people think that I just mic things up and push a button to record. Those who work with me typically understand the workflow.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What their goals are.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Assuming the island contains the obvious MacBook and interface I'd say SSL bus comp, 1073, baby bottle, sm57, and I probably wouldn't need a fifth.
How would you describe your style?
Aggressive. Haha. I just tend to side with more radical decision making when it comes to audio.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
For performing artist... Kenny Vasoli. He's very creative, unique, and versatile. For production I love Matt Theissen. He can pull emotion from the listener and plus his style takes me to my roots of The Beach Boys.
Can you share one music production tip?
Close your eyes. Trust your ears.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Typically some type of rock. Anywhere from indie to post hardcore.
What's your strongest skill?
Working with others.
What do you bring to a song?
When tracking bands, I bring out the performance outside of the shell. I push ability. You want the raw energy and feeling of a performance before it even translates. With mixing and mastering, I bring power, punch, and clarity.
What's your typical work process?
I typically mix and edit as I go if I'm tracking. When I do track I do the best I can to get vibe on the way in. With recording musicians I go for feel and emotion.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Protools. Analog gear on the way in. Mostly mix in the box, with the exception of hardware SSL bus comp.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I've had much helpful guidance from producers like Taylor Larson (Periphery), Brian Hood (The Crimson Armada), Eyal Levi (August Burns Red), Jordan Valeriote (Silverstein), etc.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Full service: Preproduction to build establish a building block, tracking of all instruments including live drums, editing all audio, adding preproduction and fx, mixing, mastering.