Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I tuned vocals for a band called Alaska, that was engineered and mixed by Sam Pura at Panda Studios. The music is beautiful and the band is incredibly talented. It was awesome to work with that. As for my own, I am currently working on an LP with a close friend that has been in the works for about a year, and showcases some of my best work; I cannot wait to begin mixing it.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am finalizing the mixing on 3 EP's, finalizing the tracking on an LP, beginning 2 new singles, beginning 1 LP, and having weekly sessions with 2 artists for songwriting and production.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I currently do not know anyone on SoundBetter, but there are tons of people I would recommend to my clients.
Analog or digital and why?
Both, there are heavy benefits to using both ends of the spectrum. Some artists benefit from using only one or the other; most artists benefit from using SOME sort of analog gear.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I will do everything in my power to produce a good song with you, and make you very happy as well.
What do you like most about your job?
I love music, and I love helping create it.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much do you charge per song? My answer is dependent on multiple factors and is always discussed privately.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That mixing engineers are required to edit as well.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Can I hear an example of your music? What kind of style do you consider yourself to be? Where exactly do you want to see your music in the upcoming months ahead? Are you looking to do a single, EP or LP?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Take the time to look at your options; there are many music producers and we all have our own style. What may work for some people, might not work for you, so don't make rash decisions based off of here-say and hype.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Theres not enough for a setup but as long as they had an interface and computer for me; TG2, M149, DISTRESSOR, NS10's, BRYSTON AMP.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I began doing home recording for my own music at age 13, as well as toying with DAW's like FL Studios. I went to record as an older teenager and fell in love with the process. One of my first producers was a good friends and taught me some engineering techniques, and I ended up tracking all the bass for my first EP. From that point on I started doing demo's. I began getting better and charging bands as I started to master my craft further. I eventually took some classes in audio recording while going to school for an AA and ended up getting an AS in Sound Technology as well. I plan to one day get a degree in Electrical Engineering as well. For the last 5 years, I have been getting paid by regular clientele rotating between full and part time.
How would you describe your style?
I like attain a large sense of depth and dynamics while still retaining the sonic qualities of the original source.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Id love to engineer John Mayer; I feel as if he would be very down to earth and open minded as his music has shown throughout his career.
Can you share one music production tip?
Use 3 mics on a snare drum; an angled dynamic on top, bottom mic either condenser or dynamic, and a small diaphragm condenser facing flat across the snare drum. Flip the phase on the SDC.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I typically work with harder rock and metal, but I have worked with many Indie, Pop, Punk and even jazz artists. I personally write softer indie, rock and punk styles.
What's your strongest skill?
Engineering and production songwriting.
What do you bring to a song?
Cohesiveness and a breath of life. I really like to dig deeper into the meaning and emotion of the track before finalizing anything. In addition I bring the song to life with the mix.
What's your typical work process?
This heavily varies on the projects needs and is typically discussed privately.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run UAD Apollo Interface/Conversion technology with an iMac. I monitor from Yamaha NS10's and HS80m's. I have various mics from Shure, Audix, Sennheiser, Nuemann, and many more. I use a Kemper Profiler. For outboard gear I use a Distressor.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Eric Valentine, Ken Andrews.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording, mixing, producing, songwriting, guitar playing, reamps and mastering.