Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I normally do a lot of covers but more recently, I made a video with a side group of friends called 'The Story Painters' and we do all originals...its especially fun when you can work on original material.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on material for a new YouTube Channel. 'Ryan Hernandez'
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Hans Eberbach who's an amazing singer and the one who told me about this site.
Analog or digital and why?
We've come so far with digital but Analog has a pure sound thats hard to beat.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll do my best to give you the best bang for your buck and work with you to get it right!
What do you like most about your job?
I get to play music full-time. I also enjoy doing different things for each gig.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What do I charge? My answer is "what exactly are you looking for?"
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
It's hard to take someone serious who plays too many instruments. I'll admit that I'm much better at some things than others but you have to start somewhere.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Are you looking for a specific sound? Do you give an artist any freedom or creative control?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do your research and really find the right person for you. I'd be the first to say if I wasn't right for a project.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Violin, Banjo, Mandolin...No miss needed
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have always wanted to play music full time. i've never been much of person who wants to be the lead in the group or the main guy...as a musician, I've always found more joy in being a high end sound man. someone who can sings well but still play multiple instruments well and bring variety.
How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is a mixture of Pop/Soul vocals with folk/indie style instrumentation
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Eric Heywood who is my favorite pedal steel player. He's different from the typical Nashville players who only like flashy licks...I like when theres feeling/emotion and he brings that to all his sessions.
Can you share one music production tip?
You're only as good as your gear...invest in yourself.
What type of music do you usually work on?
R&B, Pop, Folk, Indie
What's your strongest skill?
It sounds cheesy but my voice is the strongest instrument I have. I've also been playing guitar for 15 years...I'm comfortable with all of the other things I play.
What do you bring to a song?
I like to add color to the sound...I can also add soul to the vocals. Here's an example of a song session I did with a friend. He told me what to sing and gave me free reign to do what I felt was right for the song.
What's your typical work process?
I'm very good at hearing something a client wants and playing it back how they hear it but also open to make creative suggestions if needed.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Zoom H8, Gauge Condensor, Final Cut Pro, Go Pro Hero 4 Silver, Neumann 105, Shure 87a, Various Intruments
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Andrew Bird, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Heywood, Sting, Punch Brothers
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Session Work, Vocal Recording, Youtube Video Covers