Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I am proud of each project I work on. My goal in working is to better myself with each job. There is no project that I am not proud of!
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on two full length albums, one EP, and a film score.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Sam Schultz. She is a vocalist and recommend me to use this site. She is talented, and easy to work with.
Analog or digital and why?
Depends on the project. Everything depends on the project.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Honesty, Good Communication, Hard Work.
What do you like most about your job?
Working with others. There is nothing better than getting in your head and discovering who you are. Once I do this I can help get your ideas transferred into sound waves.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What is your budget. It varies on the project. I will never ask for a non negotiable price. Everyones budget is different, and my approach to everyones work is different. Honesty is the key.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That you need a mountain of gear to make a good album. In the end: If its crap coming in, its crap coming out. If you work with the right gear, and the right people, you can make miracles happen.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Their goals for the project, and who they would hire if they didn't have any budget restraints. This helps me get an idea of the clients true vision. If I feel that I can help you get there I will tell you. I will also tell you if it would be better to look for someone else! In the end every music job is a collaboration.Lets create.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Shop around. I have been in the same situation. Ease your mind and contact the people you want to hire. Ask as many questions as you can, and then start to develop a relationship with whom you want to work to. There is nothing worse than not having a spark with those around you. Even if you have the best in the biz, he might not be able to make the right product with you. If it feels right, it usually is.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drumset, Microphone. I assume this island had a solid interface and recording capabilities?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I began playing in Jazz Clubs at age 15. From there I started to produce my own music, and for other artists. By age 18 I had shared the stage with great artists, and received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. There I produced and worked with industry professionals and made my way out to LA. I have worked on films/ productions/ and session work for the past 9 years. Some credits include: Willie Nelson, Annie Lenox, George Benson, Christopher Williams, Henry Jackman, Nickelodeon, and many more.
How would you describe your style?
You will have to listen to my music. It ranges and really depends on the project.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Can you share one music production tip?
Take risks in your music.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock Pop/ R&B/ Country/ Score/ Jazz/ Indie/ and what ever is needed.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is coming in at a road block and giving you the tools to get where you need to go. That being said, I believe communication is key to getting the sound right.
What do you bring to a song?
Most session musicians hear their part in the song and lay it down. I provide a rhythmic and sonic textures that make each song breathe. There is nothing worse than a "protools" song. This means editing, copying, and pasting to make a song. I feel each song needs fresh development to help it breathe organically. Cookie cutter songs sound fine, but there is nothing better than the warmth given to a track with care and precision.
What's your typical work process?
My typical work process is: Chart Out Song, Write out any specific cues, Record Scratch harmony track, Record Drumset, Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Synth Program, add any other needed colors, voice, vocal harm, tune, mix basics, then revise till complete.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work in a production suite in LA. I am surrounded by various gear, instruments, and microphones. I have worked hard to narrow down the gear list to the highest quality. Many studios will have an infinite gear list but not be able to get the right sound. I specialize in custom tonal color to fill in the gaps of your song!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Studio Instrumentalists: Tim Pierce, Abe Laboriel Sr, Herbie Hancock, Chris Dave./ Producers: Greg Wells, All of Motown/ Mix Engineers: Tony Maserati, Pensado.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I usually am the bridge between a song idea and the final product. My job may range from just adding touches via the mix of a song to fully production (all instruments, arrangements, mix + master). I am a good one stop shop for most production needs.