Analog or digital and why?
Both. I'm mostly digital because I don't have a Neve console in my bedroom. But can one even exist without the other in a good piece of music these days?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If you feel like what I give you is totally unusable, I will be very surprised but I will obviously not charge you. But I will do everything in my power to make sure you fucking love it.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's lucrative. I guess it can be, but I'm not writing this from my yacht. Like Deltron said, man... "In the year 3030 everybody wants to be a producer".
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
An acoustic guitar, something to light a fire with, a big knife, a pot and a boat.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
First I thought I was gonna be in a big band. Then I thought I was gonna be a session guitarist. Then I started playing guitar for a big band. Then I realized I wasn't satisfied with either of those things on their own. So now I'm just kinda doing everything and hoping that between all of these things, I can work in music for the forseeable future and be happy.
What's your strongest skill?
I have an ear for tone and musicality. I played in every type of band you can think of before I ever touched a computer, and I think that's important for someone who's trying to arrange and produce.
What do you bring to a song?
I'm probably not going to give you something that sounds like anything on the pop charts right now. It'll sound professional, but not generic. There's a little bit of me in everything I create.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Producers: Trent Reznor, Kanye West, J Dilla, Com Truise, Anthony Gonzales, Dr. Dre, Max Martin, Q-Tip, Butch Vig
Engineers: Casey Bates, Will Yip, Chris Lorde-Alge
Players: Billy Corgan, Wes Montgomery, John Bonham, ?uestlove, Tom Schulz, Kendrick Lamar
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd love to work with any artist who knows they're awesome and isn't trying to replicate anything exactly. Everything is a remix, but I'm not trying to remix a remix. If ya know what I'm saying.
Can you share one music production tip?
I dunno if this qualifies as a tip... but most of my favorite records of all time are quiet as fuck. I'll take depth over loudness any day.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I'm definitely a rock guy at heart, but I'm crazy about hip hop and I'd really like to collaborate with some outstanding MCs.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Pretty simple stuff. Everything is in the box (Mac Book Pro/Logic 9) except my LA-610. Got a pair of HS8s, a Duet Firewire, an SM57 and a Rode NT1. Someday I'll have a shitload of outboard stuff, but for now my metric shit ton of plugins do most of my compression, EQ and effects. Setup fits nicely in my studio apartment and can move pretty easily.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm mostly producing and writing songs at the moment. I've been mixing my own stuff for awhile now and I'm just starting to offer my services as a mixing engineer. But I'm a touring guitar player by trade, I've played hundreds of shows around the world.