Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I produced, mixed, and mastered the official remix of Prince Royce's "Darte Un Beso". He is an international mega pop star and an incredible talent. It truly was a dream come true.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog and Digital. Hybrid setups are the best, By combining the two, we get to have our cake and eat it too. We don't feel the need to be held back by either medium. By integrating the digital world into our rig, we are able to reap the benefits of hundreds of processing plugins, infinite recall, intricate automation, and insane track counts. We get the digital clarity and sound but with the added warmth and fatness our analog gear brings to the table as well. We love the stereo width and beefiness we get from the Burl b32 analog summing mixer in combination with our outboard gear and synths.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise all our clients that we are just as invested in the music and sound as you are. We stop at nothing short of excellence and cut no corners. We promise to take your project and elevate it to the highest form!
What do you like most about your job?
I love to complexity of our hearing and how it can evoke such a strong enough emotion to bring us to tears or make us elated with joy. I love how through a true understanding of psycho-acoustics we can transport a listener to a different time and space. I love the science behind the sound and I love how in the right hands it can enhance the art of sound to such wondrous levels.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is the message and vibe of the project? What are you most happy with? What are you most unhappy with?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure you choose a professional that you vibe with and can communicate clearly with. This although most oftenly overlooked, can reap the biggest rewards, when trying to get your music or project to its final vision. If you can't clearly communicate with the producer or engineer what you are looking for than chances are, no matter how good they are, it won't come out how would like.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I would take the Roland Juno 106, computer, Antelope Orion, Neve 1073, and a great pair of headphones probably the seinheisser HD600's. Should be able to accomplish pretty much anything with those! But then again what are you doing mixing on a desert island?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I am a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of music. I've worked in several major recording studios, production / jingles houses, and have been writing, recording, mixing, mastering music for over 17 years. The rest of the team at Blank Canvas Music have similar career paths and equal amounts of experience under their belts.
How would you describe your style?
In mixing, we are fast, aggressive, and meticulous. We don't shy away from tedious intricate automation. If its what will make the music sing, we do it! In mastering we are transparent, our goal is to carve and massage our way to enhancing the music without being noticed. I always say "If you notice the master, it wasn't done well." In production our style is gargantuan. We pride ourselves on producing music ready for the radio and billboard charts. Our sound and abilities are neck and neck with the industries greats.
Can you share one music production tip?
The most important piece of advice when starting a new project is to have the proper mindset and a focused goal or idea. When you know where you want to go, you will get there 10 times faster, and the project will be stronger as a result.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Electronic, Pop, Rock, EDM, Indie Folk, Rap, Trap, Hip Hop,
What's your strongest skill?
Although we are well versed and experienced in crafting all genres of music we excel at Pop, Electronic, and EDM production and mixing.
What do you bring to a song?
Open ears, open minds, and years of experience learning how to get it just right.
What's your typical work process?
I typically start by finding a few references as to what we are trying to accomplish, whether it be for a new production, mix, or mastering project. I then take down a list of items with the client as to what our proposed goal is and where we will be taking the project. After I address all these items, we move on to the final mix notes phase. This is where I note any changes or fixes that need to be made before final printing. If need be we do up to two revisions for free. Once the project is signed off on by the client we print and upload all your files to your personalized dropbox folder and we send out any DDP, or other formats out for physical printing.
Tell us about your studio setup.
We pride ourselves on our signal chain and utilize a Hybrid setup combining the digital clarity and power of the Antelope Orion's 32 channels of A/D D/A Conversion with the warmth and fatness of the our Analog gear like the Burl B32 Vancouver Analog Summing Mixer. We have a stellar microphone locker with a selection of microphones from Neumann, AKG, Rode, Shure, and more.
Our mixing rig is based around a Pro Tools Native system, running Pro Tools 11/12 and 10. We're stocked with hundreds of plugins including the Waves Mercury Bundle, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, and tools from FabFilter, Slate, Celemony, and others, along with a complement of analog hardware from Antelope, API, Neve, Bettermaker, Burl, UA, and more.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Too many to list. I'm inspired by new artists popping up everyday from all over the globe.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Music and audio post production, mixing, and mastering.