What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on the new album for "A Devastating Truth".
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. It's 2016, why not?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Friendly communication and a high quality product!
What do you like most about your job?
I like to help people. :)
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you're looking to record an album, don't go cheap. Music will live on forever, and you have 1 shot to get it right.
Also, make sure you know what you're doing before coming into the studio! Time is money.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been writing songs and playing guitar since I was 14. After about 3 years I joined a local metal band called "Life Burns Cold" - I was the main songwriter and came up with loads of tracks, so I needed a way to actually record them. From then on, I researched the subject, went to Audio Engineering school and got pretty good at it.
Now, almost 10 years later, I'm still looking for ways to improve!
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Any band similar to Monuments, Born of Osiris, The Plot In You or anything that brings anything new to the table.
Why? I love the emotion their music conveys, and I'm always up for something new.
Can you share one music production tip?
Get the recording process right, don't try to fix it in the mix.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I mainly work on Metal productions.
What's your strongest skill?
I'd say my attention to detail is pretty on point.
What do you bring to a song?
I love to add my special effects to tracks, which gives it that extra 5% to push it over the top.
Although, if the song does not call for it I won't add any FX. Things like reversed snare/cymbal hits are pretty popular these days.
What's your typical work process?
Depends on the production. If I'm hired to do mixing on a band's song that has already recorded guitars and vocals, I'll ask them to send me MIDI files for Drums & Bass and start by programming those.
On the other hand, if we're doing a production from scratch, usually the band will have some pre-production done which we can load into the session to start recording guitars to a clicktrack. Once everything is recorded and programmed and edited, we can start mixing everything.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work with 2 Yamaha HS8 Nearfield Studio Monitors. These work great for editing, mixing and mastering work.
Next to that, I have 2 headphones and a set of logitech speakers for monitoring through different setups.
I use a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 for guitar & bass and vocal recordings.
I work 100% in the box, meaning I don't use any outboard hardware or mixing consoles.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I really enjoy listening to Monuments and Born of Osiris.
My inspirational audio engineer is Joey Sturgis.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording, editing, producing, mixing & mastering.