Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Anything I did with Angelique Kidjo and Lenny Kravitz. Engineering, editing, mixing. I also have great memories of working with 33Hz, their sound 10 years ago is what we hear on the radio now!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Digital these days, for ease of delivery and tweaking.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I will make them sound good.
What do you like most about your job?
It's fun and always a bit different. The studio is a sacred place to me.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much does it cost? It all depends, but really, how much is it worth to you?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That anybody with a laptop and a few plug-ins can do it.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
These days I will ask about turn around time. How quick do you need your project done. That will change a lot my approach to managing the project and pricing.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure you explain the goals for your songs, the mood they are supposed to generate, give examples of other songs you like. Check out my discography.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
ProTools, Shure SM57,Beyedynamic DT-770-Pro headphones,a trackball, and my ears!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Started as an assistant in Paris , became free-lance in New York, moved to Philadelphia to teach engineering and Production.
How would you describe your style?
Clear and wide.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Artists passionate about their music and their sound. The genre doesn't matter as long as they are passionate.
Can you share one music production tip?
Make people feel comfortable in any way shape or form to get the best performance. Lighting is very important. Get nice little lamps around.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, pop, songwriter. I also love soul and world.
What's your strongest skill?
Making a song sound clear and open, with tight bass response.
What do you bring to a song?
My sensibility and years of experience.
What's your typical work process?
Evaluation, clean-up, inspiration, execution and delivery.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Very simple in the box Pro Tools setup. Using Universal Audio Apollo Interface. Many plug-ins and virtual instruments.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Anyone with a passion for great sounding records. My mentors are Nicholas Sansano, Richard Travali and Tony Maserati, all awesome New York based engineers and producers.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording and Mixing