Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
It was a beat I made for a rap song called "MFNR." It was the first really catchy song I ever made, and I believe it was the most popular song that artist ever released. It was really fun to watch the whole project unfold. Video was fun too.
What are you working on at the moment?
My own music. Trying to complete a bunch of beats to put on my website for non-exclusive license sale.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Don't know anyone here.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Digital is efficient, inexpensive, and flexible. Analog is sexy, fun, and natural.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will give 100% of my attention and effort to your project until I feel it is as good as I can make it, within a reasonable amount of time.
What do you like most about your job?
There are an infinite number of ways to arrive at a completed mix. That freedom is one of the purest art forms there is. Whatever my mix ends up sounding like is a direct representation of everything about me.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Not sure, I haven't had many clients yet - I've just started doing this professionally.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's simple. That it should not take long. That mixing engineers can fix any shortcomings that have occurred during tracking or production.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What level of quality of a mix are you realistically looking for, and how much are you looking to spend. Being that I take at least 15 hours on each mix, I need to know if you can afford what I require for my time.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Don't hire me if you're looking for a $50 mix. I am unable to mix a song in the amount of time that I believe $50 is worth.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A fast computer, best monitors money could buy, SSL bus comp, best interface, and all the UAD plugins.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career path has been to get a steady day job to pay for this passion of mine, so I can learn and develop my skill set at my own pace, and also to make sure I have the money to pay for the equipment I want. I have developed to a point where I am now ready to start making a living doing this. I have been making beats for 15 years, but I would say my mixes have started sounding good in the last six months.
How would you describe your style?
Obsessive. Hard to pin me to just one comparison though.. I'm influenced by many producers and mixers.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Talented ones, because that's the way to get the best work out of me.
Can you share one music production tip?
Well, my experience on the production side really only lies in Hip-Hop/Pop, but I would say sound selection is very important. Do not settle on a sound you only half like, otherwise the impact of the song will suffer.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip-hop/Pop/EDM. I will only work on projects I enjoy - it's the only way to ensure you get the best product possible.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill set I believe is my ability to hear the best version of your song as possible before I've mixed it, and once I have that roadmap in my head I don't stop until I get there.
What do you bring to a song?
My all. Every ounce of attention I have. I like big wide mixes, and I like to leave room for the vocal to make its statement. I don't know exactly how else to describe my work.. I can't tell you what others hear in my mixes, but people have always been impressed.
What's your typical work process?
I start by taking a quick listen. I know many mixing engineers say they try to stay as close to the rough mix as possible, but I don't do that, I do whatever I think sounds best. Sometimes it stays close to the vibe of the rough mix, sometimes it doesn't, but whatever route I end up going I can tell you it has 100% of my ability and effort in it.
I get base levels first to ensure proper gainstaging, then I'll do some spatial work, or I may just jump into a particular sound that I immediately want to work on. About halfway through, or when I get the main vibe going I'll do a little bit of mix bus work to give me an idea of how powerful I can make the song. Once I get about 80 percent done I'll usually bounce a mix for the car and go check it there. The car will help me identify areas of improvement, then I will adjust and bring back to the car a few times until I have found a nice balance. Once I feel I am done, I will send the first draft to the client.
My overall RMS levels are usually between -19 and -12 db. I do not aim for a particular level, it happens solely on feel. Do not expect commercial RMS levels for me, that should be left up to a mastering engineer. If you do not plan on hiring a mastering engineer, and want me to make it loud, I will aim for your target level as well as I can without compromising the integrity of the mix, after that I will not go any further. I hope you understand.
My mixes usually take at least 15 hours.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My living room is my studio. I spent months acoustically treating it and the overall result is a frequency response at the mix position of + / - 5db, which is a really good response for even a professional studio.
As far as gear goes, I work off a macbook pro, UAD Apollo interface, SSL X-Desk for some analog summing, ADS L1230 hifi speakers (amazing), SSL Bus Comp, BAC-500 compressors, Wunder Audio Allotrope EQs, various guitar pedals for cool effects, and tons of plugins. I also have K7XX Massdrop headphones and Avantones. I've got the necessary equipment and acoustics to mix well.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Hard to say.. basically anyone that has made or mixed a song that compelled me, or gave me chills.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing or beat making