Tell us about your studio setup.
For most indie budget projects, my mixing setup is simple. I mix primarily in protools, with great monitoring and great convertors, but have access to outboard when needed. If you have a strong need for your vocal or snare drum to go through a specific piece of hardware, i think you've been watching too many UAD commercials :-) Hardware is great, software is great, lets just focus on the music! If you have a larger budget and would like to pay for me to mix on an SSL in a bigger commercial facility i'm also happy to do so, and have lots of experience on SSL's (4k, 9k, Duality) and many generations of Neve's.
Analog or digital and why?
Whatever excites you and helps you create great music.
What do you like most about your job?
Working with many different people, on different styles and genres of music. Being able to be creative and helping songwriters and musicians hear their songs be bigger and better than they have before.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A piano, a guitar, shaker, a computer, and a generator.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been recording and experimenting with sound since I was about 15 years old, am about 30 now and have been working professionally for a decade. Audio and music has been my main hobby since i was a kid, and only career as an adult. I was a runner at Bryan Adam's studio The Warehouse, and later a studio assistant, and then engineer. I now freelance.
Can you share one music production tip?
The songwriting and arrangement are so important. A well arranged song can practically mix itself. In pop music, the vocals are the most important thing- if the delivery is weak, the song will not be successful.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Singer Songwriter, folk, rock, and pop music
What's your strongest skill?
The ability to communicate with a musician, producer, or artist and understand what they want, figure out what I think the song needs, and then bridge that gap and make everyone happy, while serving the song.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring creativity and excitement to the mixing stage. I love music, and the power it has to emote and excite listeners. Mixing is all about finding what makes the song exciting and bringing out those elements. Making the vocal engaging, and making the listening want to crank it up!
What's your typical work process?
I like to talk with the band or artist about expectations and artistic direction and influences before starting on a mix. Usually the production speaks for itself and guides where the mix wants to go.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I worked under Randy Staub and love how huge his mixes sound, when working on pop/rock that is often my benchmark. I am a huge fan of Max Martin's productions, and a real sucker for those pop arrangements. I also love indie, weirder stuff like Tame Impala.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I spend 60-70 percent of my time mixing work for clients, but often contribute creatively at this stage as well, depending on the need and what the client wants, and the song needs.