What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I can just drag a few loops and a song is done. Because I program or play every part of a song myself this can be a highly tedious process.
Can you share one music production tip?
Give the artist what they want, even if they didn't know they wanted it, your job is to make the artist shine because they have to live with the song, you just have to work on it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I have professionally worked in almost every genre of music but my background focus has mainly been in Pop, R&B, Rock and a bit of Rap/Hiphop.
What's your strongest skill?
I have played the piano since being about a year old, but I would say my handle on melody and balancing the dynamics of a song is possibly my largest strength.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring over 2 and a half decades of music theory, over a decade of remixing and production experience all while still being under 30.
My unique perspective of producing songs, editing vocals and arranging scores as musician and writer first gives me insight into the sonic mechanics a lot of other writers and producers can't bring to the table.
What's your typical work process?
1. Review artist's expectations, goals and inspirations.
2. Create the skeleton of the song, review with artist.
3. Add more structure and depth to the work, review with artist.
4. Make newly asked for changes and start refining vocals.
5 . Send to artist for final review.
6. Make final changes, send.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Mic: AKG C414
Midi Gear: Maschine Micro, CME UF 61
Rack Gear: Fantom Rack, Virus C
Workstations: Open Lab's Miko Timbaland Edition, Alesis Fusion
Synths: Alesis Andromeda, Novation Xiosynth, Korg MikroKorg, Roland MC 505
Real Instruments: Viola & Upright Piano
Software: ProTools 10, Logic 9 or X
Software Instruments: Native Instruments' Komplete 9, Omisphere, Cakewalk Dimension & Rapture, Motu BPM, FabFilter Twin, FXpansion DCAM-Suite, XFer Serum, Spire, Sylenth1 and more.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My biggest inspirations of the moment would be Wallpaper. (Meagan Trainor's "No," Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," Jessie J's "Burning Up") Pharrell (specifically his earlier work with Chad Hugo) The Arcade (Connor Maynard's "Better than You" Charlie XCX "Fancy"), Blood Orange/Dev Hynes, Danja (Simple Plan's "When I'm Gone," Britney Spears' "Gimme More"), The Stereotypes (Danity Kane's "Damaged," all of Travis Garland's new work) and Monsieur Adi for his amazing remixes.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most of my clients either come to me for my Audio Editing Skills (mixing, tuning, mastering) and/or my Music Production prowess (composing, arranging, or strict production). I mainly work in Pop, Rock and R&B, though I've worked across almost every genre, with a heavily lean towards modern dance modes of music.