What are you working on at the moment?
I am working with a few artists at the moment. However, Pixelfox's debut album is the most recent release.
Its fresh, uplifting and heartwarming. you should give it a play... there's more to come. Just saying...
What type of music do you usually work on?
Lately i've been loving the turn that Pop music is taking to a more Indie, experimental sound.
80's music has defined the way that I think an uplifting pop song should be structured so I usually reference a lot of music from that period of time when writing.
I would say Pop, Alternative Rock and R&B best define the sounds that I relate to the most lately.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Journey Room, Pixlefox's debut album has been in the making for a couple years... Writing and producing it was a total Journey which has very recently seen the light. it's out there! We love it and hope that you do too!
What do you like most about your job?
I like discovering new songs. New talent. Making music is just the most perfect, most beautiful and I'll dare to say most difficult job.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I'll always ask to be very descriptive of their vision of their project. I want to be as familiar as possible to the project. Where do you see yourself and your project in the near and far future? From 1 to 3 how big is your project?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Options. Always have options. Plan A, B, C - Z. The right person for the job might just be the only person that can get the job done. If you click with me or what I do... Holla!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Laptop. My Zen Studio. My Sm57 (small and portable and will stop a landslide). My Beyer Headphones. Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles.
I really wouldn't need nothing more...
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Music has always been part of my life. I grew up listing to the classics (from Bach to Rolling Stones) and playing old pianos and all kinds of instruments that crossed my way. I I've been recording my own music the moment I got my first computer but more recently started working with other artists but for the sake of numbers and to answer the question I'd say that music for 20 years and recording for maybe 8 years.
How would you describe your style?
I usually like to write songs that are deep lyrically. however, ironically, they sometimes have no deep meaning.
Heart felt songs are always appealing to anyone. Creating an ethereal surrounding within headphones is something I always look for
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Somewhat realistically... Alabama Shakes, Adele, Borns, Coldplay... all the ones with the great songs....
unrealistically... The Beatles. They have shaped the way I write songs.
Can you share one music production tip?
Be prepared for changes but try not to overthink whats on the plate already. It is very easy to loose objectivity however it you think it's necessary to redo, by all means do. Some improvisation always takes part to the unknown, amazing sound a record could have but planning ahead never hurts. other than that... LEAVE YOURSELF SOME HEADROOM!
What's your strongest skill?
I have a good musical ear and sense of melody. It's very easy for me to find alternative melodies and harmonies.
What do you bring to a song?
Just as any artist, I have my own voice and preferences when it comes to producing.
I feel like i have a strong ear for melodies and harmonies. I tend to use as simple and appealing structures that everyone can relate to.
What's your typical work process?
I spend quite some time working in the music. the song needs to be perfect both Melodically, Harmonically, Lyrically and the form needs to be appealing. every section of the song must be rewarding in some way for the listener. once this is done I like to work on the arrangement and instrumental decisions, however this varies... Magnificent ideas can pop up from nowhere even while recording. A piano, guitar or even vocal sketch is essential to get an idea of how long the song will be and when and where will different frequencies have their role.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I like to keep it simple. I love the idea that nowadays you don't need much at all to make a record.
The other day I finished a record with only my laptop, Pro tools, my lovely Zen Studio by Antelope (Best clocking and probably AD/DA conversion Hardware I know of...) and a pair of Genelec monitors.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I find inspiration from many people's work. Chopin composed some of the most beautiful melodies ever created. He's always inspired me. Lately I've been delving a lot into Eno's sounds and very much into Max Martin's songwriting. The guy can write a song. I'll inevitably ask myself sometimes while recording... what would George Martin do now?
Prince... Man, rest in peace.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I think of what I do as collaboration much more than a service. I am an artist as well and working with other artists is always rewarding. Generally (and this would always be different on each project) I will try to make a song sound as full and as rewarding for the listener as possible. Always understating the artist's point of view first and giving it a hint of my own voice. The possibilities are endless. I mean... how would have the Beatles sounded like without their 5th guy?
I guess we'll never know...