Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My most recent project was The Lefties. I recorded, mixed, and mastered the five track EP. I am proud because I think it sounds cool.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am finishing up a project for a band called The Lefties.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Graham Cochrane is good.
Analog or digital and why?
I choose digital because I can work faster and no one can tell the difference in a completed song.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will never charge you more and I will give you a song that sounds great.
What do you like most about your job?
It's 100% art and 100% science. I love combing the two.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long have you been doing this?
Ten plus years.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I can fix any and all issues quickly in post.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1. What message are you looking to deliver with this song/s.
2. Who are you three favorite artist that you are listening to now.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
1. Pick out your top five candidates by just reading about us.
2. Have someone else randomly play you our demos.
3. Go with the mixer who's demo you like the best.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. AKG K712 Pro's
2. Macbook Pro
3. Focusrite 2i4
5. Audix i5
How would you describe your style?
Motown soul with the edge of rock and the rhythm of pop.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The Red Hot Chile Peppers because they have awesome groove from Flea and Chad Smith and cool vocals from Anthony and nice guitar work from Josh.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't be afraid of failure. Failure is subjective in our business. If you don't like the results, that's okay, you now know that you don't like it. Like Thomas Edison, you didn't fail at creating a sound, you found one way not to make that sound!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, pop, and singer-songwriter
What's your strongest skill?
Fast mixing. I get the result I'm hearing in my head and get the song back to you for approval quickly. This means that you can audition my work as close as possible to when you recorded; you can still feel the vibe of what you felt in the live room.
What do you bring to a song?
Aggressive low end and loud with a musical ear. I mix songs till I like them, I enjoy ballads too. They are a wonderful contrast to aggressive music.
What's your typical work process?
1. Organize the tracks in the order I like.
2. Add my busses and VCA's
3. Colorize the tracks.
4. Balance levels in mono.
5. Start mixing drums.
6. Start mixing bass.
7. Start mixing all the other instruments.
8. Mix main vocals.
9. Mix background vocals.
10. Polish entire mix and bounce out.
Tell us about your studio setup.
A powerful mobile rig that I can take wherever I go. I listen through AKG K712 Pro's and I use SonarWorks custom headphone calibration. I also use Waves NX to get some crosstalk that I can control. It's a great rig that packs a punch in a pack.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am inspired by the mixing of Andrew Scheps and the music of The Foo Fighters, Slash (and GNR by relation), Snarky Puppy, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and the Fab Four (of course, who isn't inspired by them?)
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing and mastering is the name of the game.