Analog or digital and why?
Both! Sometimes a digital EQ will fit better and sometimes an analog will do a better job! You can start a "war" about this topic, but I don't find it useful, discussing too much about it. It depends a lot more on WHAT you do, instead of which gear you are going to use. Analog equipment is definitely exciting and i like to play with different trafos and what it's doing to the sound. But in modern music we also need a lot of high-end digital stuff!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My promise is that my clients will be 100% satisfied. Only satisfied clients will recommend my work which is very important for me, being successful! So this is also very important for me!
What do you like most about your job?
My job is my dream and my dream is my job! When you love doing something, then you'll do it right! When I drive to my studio, which nearly everyday is the case, I am NEVER annoyed or something! I am lucky, being able to do what I do and very thankful for that!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
This is also a big question and strongly depending on the job. I will have completely different questions, when hiring me as a session drummer and then hiring me as a mixing engineer. Feel free contacting me and let's just find it out! :-)
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Get in touch and talk to him! Tell him about your music and see if you're feeling good, when having a conversation. You want him to touch your music, which is very intimate, so you want to make sure, he is the right one for it. You pay for it, so you are the king. Always keep this in mind.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1 Interface, 1 Microphone, 1 Computer, 1 Pair of speakers, 1 Drumset
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been doing this for about 17 years now! I started really early.
How would you describe your style?
My style? Heavy stuff! No matter, if it's rock, house, edm, fusion, or even jazz. Just let it be heavy!
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with many people but to give an example i would really like to work with Zedd. He is an amazing producer and songwriter!
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What type of music do you usually work on?
I am working a lot of electronic music, like house and edm but also a lot of rock and pop music!
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is definitely finding out, what a songs needs! Be it drumming, producing or mixing! I know what to add, but even more important I now what to remove to bring a song alive!
What do you bring to a song?
I will bring everything to the song, what you want me to do. I have a team of singers, guitarists keyboarders, arrangers and songwriters. You just need to tell me what you want. Maybe you just want me to play a job, then I will play a job! Maybe you want me to be creative, then I will be creative. I am working together with my team, but everything will be included in the offer. You won't have to be afraid of hidden o extra costs!
What's your typical work process?
Depending on the job, this questions is too big, being answered in a few sentences.
But a few things are always the same. I will have contact to my client and talk detailed about everything I have to know, letting my client have a good experience and be satisfied with the production. Be it, drumming, mixing or producing.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a control room and a recording room! My Drumset is always ready to be recorded. I have a fixed microphone setup with a lot of high end microphones, such as Blackspade, Earthworks, Neumann, C414, Shure, Audix, etc...In my control room you will find some nice outboard gear like 1176 and pultec, which I've built on my own. I use SSL and Ferrofish converter and an original ACE Mixing console. My room acoustics is measured and optimized, so my room is even ready for mastering!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am very inspired by SIA for example. Songwriting, mixing and of course the production is awesome! Also I am a big fan of major lazer's new tracks. Lean on is one of the most impressive productions I've ever heard. But I am not only interested in the charts! There's a lot of amazingly produced tracks in the world!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
What I do most at the moment, is mixing, sound-design and song production. Being also a drummer is a good combination, because I can play a lot of cymbal stuff by hand, which always gives more life to a song, especially for electronic music.