What do you like most about your job?
Working in a field I love. I feel lucky every day.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The Noble Jacks 'Gun Hill' EP which I produced. A folk band with all acoustic instruments (upright bass, acoustic guitars, madolin, mandola, fiddle, drums). Really happy with how it came out
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on a single for a indie rock band, and an EP for an acousitic duo
Analog or digital and why?
Hybrid? If I have to choose 1, it'd be digital because analogue recalls can be time consuming (not to mention only 95% accurate at best)
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I'll always work to the best of my ability, working to help create the artists vision.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
'Do you know what all these buttons do?'
My normal response is 'No, just these 3'
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That anyone can do this in their bedroom.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I always ask for a couple of records that they like the sound of, so i know what they are hoping to achieve.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Always check out their previous work
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
a Royer 121 (guitars/drum overhead)
a U87 (vocals/most other things)
a Chandler TG2
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I studied for 3 years for a BA(hons) in music production, and then spent the following 2-3 years working for free at various studios. I then built a studio with a friend, worked there for a few years before spending a year working as a sound engineer on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. When I came back, I built my own studio.
How would you describe your style?
I wouldn't say I had a style, I try to hear what the song needs and work to that goal.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Tricky. I'd say the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, as they have a very distinctive style and it would be an interesting process.
Can you share one music production tip?
Gain stage properly
What type of music do you usually work on?
I mainly work on rock/indie/blues/punk/folk music. Pretty much anything with a guitar in it
What's your strongest skill?
I am a perfectionist. I often spend longer than I should (or charge for) on my mixes
What do you bring to a song?
A fresh pair of ears, and 16 years experience
What's your typical work process?
When tracking, I like to get guide guitars/bass/vocals to play along with the click/drummer to keep a live feel, before we go back and overdub the parts. When tracking, I like to get the sounds right (be that with EQ/compression/other) so mixing becomes much easier when the time comes.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio is based around a 40 channel A&H Saber console, and Pro Tools HD. I have a selection of outboard including a UA1176 and preamps like the CAPI VP28. I use UAD, Waves and Eventide plugins among others.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Too many to choose. Artists like Dave Grohl, producers like Steve Albini, Silvia Massey and Chris Lord-Alge
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I own a commercial recording studio. I'd say the majority of my work is tracking and mixing music.