Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I did a project for this very talented young man, where I was first hand in song selection, mixes, structuring. It was fantastic. We were set to release on itunes in a week, then sandy happened. Due to the flooding we lost everything. That was especially heart breaking... anyway we have moved forward since and have created new works for the time!!!
What are you working on at the moment?
Various Projects for local clients.
Analog or digital and why?
Even though you can achieve the same results on both, I like a mixture of both.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Will work for you!!!
What do you like most about your job?
Seeing the clients face after hearing the finished product, and knowing the fact that they are in awe because they'd never expect to sound on par with their idols if not 10x better... :)
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do you have Auto-Tune?....... Yes........
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Clients usually assume that we can take a poorly performed record, or poorly recorded, and turn it around. Which in some lucky cases you can, but in no way shape or form is that possible. Garbage In=Garbage Out...
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are you looking for, what do you expect from myself, what are your aspirations?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure you are satisfied, and make sure material is of high standards technically.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Laptop, Mic, Interface, Headphones, Notepad that comes with a pen, being that I'm only allowed five.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Right out of school I interned at Electric Lady Studios for six months where I learned Invaluable lessons, and teachings from my professional counterparts... I met so many of my of my fav's such as Miguel, The-Dream, Bruno Mars, and Frank Ocean. I was allowed to sit-in on alot of sessions and did assistant work on Bruno's and various other local clients.
How would you describe your style?
Mutable. I service the client above all.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Frank Ocean definitely!!!, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, PartyNextDoor, Ariana Grande, these artists provide a plethora of mix potential. Every mixers dream!!!!
Can you share one music production tip?
Please make sure it is recorded well!!!!!!!!!!! Do not move forward ever in this process unless material is at least of better than descent quality. The more well-recorded the material is, the better the mix.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip-hop, RnB, Pop, EDM, Soft Tech
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is being able to coach on the spot during the recording process. Being One-on-One with the artist is invaluable. Plus my ability to mix. Mixing engineers will tell you, they are able to hear a songs finish product before they even pull up a plug-in or patch in some hardware. And that is the same skill level that you will get from me.
What do you bring to a song?
What's your typical work process?
When Mixing a song that I have not tracked, I usually just like to listen, see what direction the song is trying to go for. First, organization of the session (Fades,Edits,Tempo), then I'll start panning, I spend a nice little chunk of time on that. Stereo field placement is very important. Adjust volumes according making note of leads,riffs, and sweet sections. Then I listen again...lol
Tell us about your studio setup.
Nuemann U87, TLM 102, Universal Audio Apollo, Avalon 737 Mic-Pre, Yamaha HS8's
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Fav Mixers: 1. Mike "Spike" Stent (Frank Ocean) 2. Noel "Gadget" Campball (Drake, PND) 3. Illangelo (The Weeknd) 4. Bob Powers (ATCQ) 5. Young Guru (Jay-Z, Kanye West)
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
For starters I provide quality recording services for the aspiring musician. I've been professionally Mixing for 5+ years now, I'm always current on new tech, I'm forever LISTENING TO MUSIC!!!! ALL GENRES!!!!!! It is very important to listen to other professionals and the work they do... It helps you grow as on overall musician, and helps develop your ear... The ear is before anything!!!! Regardless of set-up or equipment, your ear must be tuned, and you must always know ahead of time where you are going!!!!