What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started taking piano lessons when I was 4 years old. I then transitioned to the drums at 13 and started messing around with guitar and bass. I started messing with a DAW at 17 and haven't stopped since. I studied Audio Engineering at a small school in Mexico City and now, I am a certified ProTools Operator for Music and Post and couldn't be happier about my carrier choice.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm starting the pre-production of a Mexican band called MamiGruv, I'm co-producing and recording my rock project album, as well as playing live gigs. I'm also working on starting a video production company.
Analog or digital and why?
Whatever floats your boat. Each of those have pros and cons.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will treat every single client as an equal, giving my best in every single project.
What do you like most about your job?
Materializing an idea is the best feeling in the world. I also love it when you can witness the evolution of an idea.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q. Do you use ProTools?
A. Yes, I'm a Certified Pro Tools Operator.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Audio engineers are not wizards. "Fix it in the mix" is the worst possible thing you can say.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1. Why are you making/playing/ music?
2. What music do you like?
3. Can you explain your project to me in one sentence?
4. When do you want to start?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A provider might seem like the best choice, he/she might have amazing work under the belt but might not be right for your project. Go with your gut.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
It's not gear specifically but... My guitar, interface, computer, headphones, SM57.
How would you describe your style?
"If it sounds good, make it sound great. If it sounds great, DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING".
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Any artist that is dedicated and passionate about what they do. Music is about transmitting a message.
Can you share one music production tip?
Save every single take the artist plays, no matter what he says. ALSO, save your work every 10 seconds.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on pop/rock, EDM and funk.
What's your strongest skill?
I would have to say editing and mixing.
What do you bring to a song?
I respect concepts and try to enhance the message a song is trying to get across.
What's your typical work process?
When mixing, I usually start with all the faders at 0 and listen to the song several times. After I get a feel of the mood and concept I start mixing levels. After that, I clean each channel with EQs and continue the mixing process, tweaking whatever is necessary. After I go through the general mixing process I finish with effects and automation to enhance the song's dynamics. Having said all that, It always depends on what the song needs.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I mostly work in the box but my outboard gear consists of: 1 Focusrite ISA One, 1 Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, 1 UA 4-710d, 2 Drawmer DL241 compressors and KRK Rokit 8 RPG2 Monitors.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
In terms of musicians, I'm inspired by Gavin Harrison, Carter Beauford, Richie Kotzen John Mayer, Billy Sheehan, Nile Rodgers, Steven Willson and many many more.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I produce, record, edit and mix songs for clients. If I mix the record, I don't usually master it. My associate does. I also tend to mix audio for short films and commercials.