Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Many years ago I worked with an artist by the name of John Cody signed to MCA Canada, if I remember correctly we worked for a couple of week straights on his album (which to this day I believe is still un-released) and although the gear I had at the time was very limited it came out great, and was the first time I really found myself working with somebody with such a great songwriting and performing talent, and really made me believe this is what I was born to do. John Cody remained a good friends trough the years, ...cancer unfortunately took away his vocal chords, and I'm really proud and happy to have had the chance to capture his voice back then when he was in his prime. Recently he came down to Los Angeles to mix his final album which was recorded in Canada just weeks prior his vocal chords surgery, ...and it was very touching to sit here in my studio re-listening to the work we did over 15 years ago.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Manny Marroquín, Andrew Scheps
Analog or digital and why?
As much as I grew up using tape machines and there's nothing like the smell of a fresh reel of tape in the morning, nowadays technology has reached incredible quality, and the ability to be able to work on several projects at the same time and go back where I left off with a click of a mouse... it's just major. By working in the box I can easily recall mixes and do changes as needed without needing to have the studio tied up for 2 days on the one song waiting for label and or artist approval.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Anybody with a laptop and a copy of Logic can do it?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Do you have a rough mix of your song? I like to hear what the artist hear, so I can expand on their vision.
What do you like most about your job?
Keeps me young
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Moved to the USA in 93 from Italy to study music, few years after graduating I became a small recording studio owner and started working with the local Punk rock scene. As my career progressed I found myself working with some of the biggest name in the industry, after the arrival of the MP3 and the Streaming services I decided to get out of the mainstream to go back to my roots and work with independent artists.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I worked on anything, from Hip-Hop to Punk Rock. Nowadays I'm trying help independent artists in getting quality recordings even when working on a very low budget, or no budget at all.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Jack White, Black Keys, Radiohead, The Kills, Andrew Scheps.
Tell us about your studio setup.
In my private home studio I run Pro-tools, paired to an UAD Apollo 8p and an extra 8 channels of Focusrite Pres.
I can comfortably track at home when the artist budget leaves no room for a larger studio, but I do have access to several other facilities so I can accommodate any tracking need.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Tracking, Producing and Mixing independent artists.