Recording artist and producer since the 90s.
Sound experiments mastered right.
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Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I worked on several projects at the art institute using experimental studio techniques, and one where I used an old Moog modular synth. I learned how to use DAT and A-DAT machines, Protools, a Mackie mixer. Times have changed and I don't usually use that stuff anymore, but I am proud to say I have a basis in traditional recording setups. I have even used a 4 track reel to reel doing some dub experiments.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on an album called Rooms that features the sounds of a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen, a living room, a rehearsal space, and a deck. I amplify, eq, and distort these sounds making them sound interesting and/or at times, terrifying!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I am new to this site.
Analog or digital and why?
I like both. Sometimes if a track is sounding overly harsh or digital, a bounce to tape is welcome. Doesn't always need it though. I have done plenty of mastering using only digital tools.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
We will arrive at a solution that best suits your needs, tailored to your own tastes.
What do you like most about your job?
It has always been my dream to work in music production, so I am living my dream.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long will it take? Usually within a week.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
that it is easy and fun, it is not easy and not always fun.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are your goals for this track? How do you want it to sound? Where was it recorded?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
You would be helping out someone not associated with a big studio and I will give you the full attention you need to achieve the best results.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
mic, daw, laptop, speakers, headphones
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago's Sound Dept and have been working in recording, live sound, production, and mastering ever since.
How would you describe your style?
vivid and lively and tailored to each track
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd work with anyone who loves what they do.
Can you share one music production tip?
your track should have dynamics while not being overproduced
What type of music do you usually work on?
rock, metal, jazz, experimental, electronic
What's your strongest skill?
I will tune a track almost like someone would tune a guitar or drumset. The mastering process is important and all elements need to be working together.
What do you bring to a song?
I will breathe life into the song and won't leave your performances sounding flat.
What's your typical work process?
I tailor a process for each track depending on the recorded material and the goals of the artist.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
justin k broadrick, mike patton, autechre, aphex twin, prince, rob crow, steve austin... all the guys who do it all.
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