Analog or digital and why?
Analog while tracking, digital the rest of the way. I like what analog gear does to a sound which is why I like to capture it during the recording process and glue it to the recording. For example, compression on a vocal. I'll use it carefully when recording and then it will be written to the track. I go digital the rest of the way for the ease of recall and consistency that cannot be replicated in the analog world.
What do you like most about your job?
It's different everyday. The projects, and the people. Never boring.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I am a magician. Though yes, there are a lot of tricks there are certainly limitations to "studio magic".
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Communication is so important. In all aspects of music from writing, producing, mixing and even mastering there can be many different directions that an engineer can go in. None of the directions may be wrong but its important that the artist and the engineer are moving in the same direction. I encourage notes going into any project before starting and will often send mixes to the artist that I may only consider about 80% done to get even more feedback and make sure that we are on the same page.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Mac book pro, u87, Neve 1073, Distressor, Sennheiser HD650 headphones.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career plan was to work at a studio as an in house recording engineer. I've been at this for 10 years and have accomplished my goal as an in house engineer at a major studio in NYC. There, I did much more than what I thought the job entitled. I was able to further my skills as a producer and songwriter, and also work on interesting projects outside of music such as voice over recording and editing. I have since left the studio to pursue another personal goal and have started a production company of my own.
Can you share one music production tip?
Layer! ...and not just to stack things directly on top of each other. You can layer parts up and down the frequency spectrum and split the work load amongst different instruments and sounds that fit the different registers better. For example, I was able to make a rock chorus sound enormous by layering the rhythm guitar chords with a bright synth pad. The guitars are powerful in the midrange but can get harsh in the top end so the synth was able to pick up where the guitars left off. The bass guitar did something similar to the low end and the song sounded huge!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Indie Pop, Rock, Metal, EDM, Singer Songwriter
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
My background in songwriting and arranging help me with all aspects of my job, even when mixing. I'm able to recognize and bring out the hooks, melodies and memorable pieces of a song.
What's your typical work process?
My work process varies heavily on a day to day basis depending on the type of project I'll be working on that day. On production days I tend to sit down and casually listen to music in the style of what I'll be working on to get my head in the right space, and let me ears adjust. Then I'll open the session for the day and listen to see what stage I am at and pick up where I left off.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio is heavily sided in the direction of modern music production and mixing. I work mostly in the box in both Pro Tools (10 & 11) and Logic with up to date plugins from Waves, Slate Digital, Fabfilter, Native Instruments and more.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Tony Maserati, Joey Sturgis, Andrew Wade, Joel Wanasek, Eyal Levi
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I specialize in songwriting, arranging, music production, recording, and mixing. I am a guitarist of over 13 years and so I also do a lot of session recording for many of my clients on both guitar and bass.