What do you like most about your job?
First of all, I love that I love my job. There are plenty people in this world that don’t get the opportunity to work for themselves and fortunately I am not one of them. I love that I get to create every single day. I get to be a part of something special, someone else’s moments.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Music Production has always been my career path when I started making beats as an 12 year old Texas boy. I've been doing this since the Fall of 2001.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would work with Jon Bellion. He has a raw talent for the art and is still somehow so down to earth and loves people. How can someone care about others so greatly and want to see THEM (the other people) succeed before him. That is rare and incredibly hard to find.
What are you working on at the moment?
Many amazing projects have made their way to my desk this month and I couldn’t be happier. So many good things that will soon be coming to fruition.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
- Tom Bricalli (Male Vocalist or Top Liner)
- Richard Scott (Studio Drummer)
Analog or digital and why?
Both, and the answer to why could go on for days and days , so I’ll just say it’s because they are both awesome.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Excellence, High quality music, A great unforgettable experience.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
- solar powered generator
- MacBook Pro (equipped with LPX or AL)
- Apollo twin
- JBL LSR308s
- Neumann TLM-102
Can you share one music production tip?
Most of the time, less is more.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on a handful of different genres of music from Hip Hop to Pop to Electronic Dance Music, all of which does something incredible to my soul.
What's your strongest skill?
Understanding what the song does and doesn’t need is my strongest skill. I’ve been picking apart music since I was a kid. Understanding how it moves up on hill tops and down in valleys, music moves.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a kind of presence that creates musical moments and masterpieces.
What's your typical work process?
I haven’t ever really had a typical work process mostly because work comes from so many different ways for some may different avenues. Every single project is different in so many ways that it’s hard to have a “typical” work process, at least as of now.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio is solely a production studio. I’m using an iMac as the main source for my DAWs. My current audio interface is a third generation MBox Mini. I have Mackie Big Knob as central command station for my sets of monitors. My monitor setup is JBL LSR308s, KRK Rokit 5 (3rd gen) both for mixing and creating and a pair of M-Audio AV40’s for editing and reference mixing. I have an Akai MPK249 as my midi controller and a Yamaha S90ES as the source of my weighted keys option.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I have been inspired by a great number of musicians and people of the like. Chance the Rapper along with Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. Lauryn Hill. Jon Bellion. Beyoncé. Kendrick Lamar. Kanye West. All of these people have endured so much and no matter what, nothing stops them, nothing knocks them down. They still scream to the world loud and clear exactly what it is that they have to say. Of course every single one of them are saying something completely different, but they’re not afraid to take on issues head on and they don’t accept no for an answer. I want to be like them.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work that I do for my clients is building tracks during or for writing sessions. I also do quite a bit of mixing projects as well, but mostly I produce tracks.