Analog or digital and why?
Whatever you are personally more comfortable with is the right answer, but for me personally, digital.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I can't make bad songs great, or garbage recordings shiny. The more you put in on the songwriting and recording, the better the mix/master.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
"Do you believe in your music?"
"Will you be willing to work alongside me, as a team, to achieve your musical dreams?"
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Try to find someone in, or from a music hotspot city, like Nashville, L.A., NYC, etc. The acceptable level of "good" or "great" in those cities is much higher than anywhere else.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Telecaster, My 2015 15" Macbook Pro, My Mbox Pro, My ATH-M50x headphones, and my software plugins (assuming that isn't counted in the computer). That's all I need to make music!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been playing guitar since the age of 8, and in my teen years, I always had an interest in recording. After being in a band for a few years, I finally gave music production a shot, and now, almost five years later, I am making a living off working in my studio.
How would you describe your style?
I'm very "I don't care how we get to the finish line, as long as we make it there" when it comes to production/engineering. If we have a target sound that we want, I don't care what means necessary we take to get to the target, even if we take unconventional paths.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd like to work with any artist who has talent, and the passion/drive to back it up.
Can you share one music production tip?
Less is more. Stop recording stacked rhythm guitars. One pair of a certain part, panned hard left and right, will do the trick.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock (all types), Pop, Christian/Worship.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill on a technical level would be guitar tones and crisp editing.
What do you bring to a song?
I try to bring a sense of focus.
What's your typical work process?
If producing, I am all about the connection between the producer and the band. Having been on both sides of the spectrum, I know from years of experience how a positive relationship between the producer and the artist can make or break the vibe, much less the record. The goal is to make the song/album the best it can possibly be. If the band and producer are on the same team, they can both strive towards the goal of giving the art what it deserves.
If mixing, I focus on making sure the SONG comes out of the mix. I hone in on what makes the song work, and what the special parts are, and let the mix reflect that. I never want a mix to leave my studio that I wouldn't want to release myself as an artist.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a home studio that I built out of my basement. It's been acoustically treated (with PANELS, not just some cheap foam). I use Pro Tools 12 on my 2015 Mac. All the other gear is very conservative. A couple mics, an Mbox Pro (3rd gen), a few midi keyboards, a few guitars.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Let's get the obvious out of the way... Chris Lord Alge, although his brother, Tom, does win it for me with my favorite album mix of all time, "We Don't Need To Whisper" by Angels & Airwaves. Matt Goldman from Atlanta is one of my favorite engineers (I love his drums).
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Music Production & Mixing
Podcast Producing & Mixing