Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I just finished an album for a band called The Faultlines and I would say this is the most work I've ever put into any record and the finished product sounds absolutely amazing. We started in March of 2016 and finished in August. We rerecorded parts, and mixed it 2-3 times and we finally came up with the final product. The album is titled "New Rage" and it's set to release on 10/8/2016.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on building a new room in my studio. I'm also finishing up a mix tape for Pharoh De Qua.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I haven't had the opportunity to meet anyone from SoundBetter yet since I'm new to this site! But, I would love to meet new people!
Analog or digital and why?
Both! I use mostly digital for my DAW, but I also integrate those with outboard gear and amps and stuff like that.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will give you nothing but quality and something you can be proud of.
What do you like most about your job?
The finished product and the people I get to work with.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make me sound like T-Pain? ....and the answer is, YES!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People think that when I have people in the studio, that it's ALWAYS music that I have made. I always have to tell them that I only record them and that I'm not part of their band.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's your budget and what are you trying to accomplish? What are you looking for in overall tone? Can you give me examples of artists you're looking to sound similar to? Do you have a demo I can listen to?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen to their recordings and talk to them! You need to hear their work and also get to know them as a person.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My laptop, Epiphone SG, Cubase Pro 8, Presonus Audio Box, Audio Technica AT2020- That's my go-to mobile setup.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I'd like to turn this into my full time business, I've been doing this(not this business)for about 10 years and I've been running this studio for about 3 years.
How would you describe your style?
I like things to sound crispy and natural. I like to refer to amazing sounding cymbals to be "buttery". I like things to sound natural too.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Well.... there are a TON of artists I would like to work with. I like more aggressive music, so I guess maybe bands I'm into right now. Converge, Trap Them, Architects, Thrice, Mutoid Man, Sumac, Every Time I Die....the list can go on forever.
Can you share one music production tip?
When I us EQ, I always try and cut rather than boost. Anything that is not a Bass type of instrument(ones that take up lower frequencies)I always cut around 50-75kHZ.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work with a lot of Hip Hop/Rap and Rock genres. So, rock, punk, metal, blues, alternative, indie... etc.
What's your strongest skill?
People. The people I work with is why I do this, if it weren't for them, I wouldn't be able to do this. I always take ownership in my projects as if it were my own.
What do you bring to a song?
I've developed sort of my own recording "style". I also help during the production if there are notes that don't sound right, or a drum part that's over played, or a vocal part out of tune, I bring an outside ear to help improve the sound and arrangement of a song. So....I guess it's the feedback I provide. I ALWAYS try and provide honest and constructive feedback.
What's your typical work process?
I provide recording, mixing, editing, and live track services. With any project, I always start out by listening to the entire mix with dry tracks to get a better idea of the direction I'd like the mix to go. I need to get a feel for each musician and band's style and feel for each song. Will the drum tracks have a little more overheads and room sound or should I keep those levels low? Do the drums need to sound big or more minimalist? Will the guitars be more in your face or more in the background? I take this step through each instrument and vocal tracks.
As far as process during the actual production, I record drums and scratch guitar tracks first. Then Guitars, Bass, other instruments, overdubs, and then vocals. After that I listen to the mix dry and start mixing. Once I do a mix, I invite the artists to come and listen. We will then schedule a session to finish the final mix.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run Cubase 8 Pro with a Presonus 16.0.2 mixer/interface. I have over 20 different kinds of microphones(all dynamic, condenser, and ribbons), and I use a lot of Universal Audio Plugins and Waves Plugins. I also use other types of digital software for drum replacement(drumagog and slate trigger)if the project calls for it. I also have virtual guitar amps(from Positive Grid).
I've also got a plethora of guitar and bass amps to fit any needs of musicians that come to record with me. I own a Tama Export Series drumset that I use for the studio.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I listen to a lot of hardcore and punk type of music, so I would say my biggest influence for production would be Kurt Ballou with Godcity Studios.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work that I do is hip-hop and rock.