What are you working on at the moment?
Currently working with my band Where; With All on pre-production for our next full-length.
Analog or digital and why?
All about digital. Analog is fun, but it's also distracting. I'd rather invest my time into developing my listening skills and mic placement technique over having outboard gear.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
At the end of the day, music production is a mind game. An objectively good recording doesn't exist; only the one you decide is good. Part of that mind game has to do with the love you have for what you do. Find someone to work with who loves it as much as you do. You'll be happier, and at the end of the day, that's what this is all about.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Barefoot Micromain monitors, a UA Apollo, a pair of C12s, and a 57.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Can you share one music production tip?
Trust your ears, not your eyes!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Down for anything! I really love unique, though. Something that forces me to step outside of a "typical" process. Habits can easily become dangerous for an engineer, or at least for me. As soon as I slip into too much of a routine, I stop listening.
What's your strongest skill?
Probably making the best of any environment. My favorite recording experience to this day was recording a folk song in a giant barn in the middle of nowhere. No console, no monitoring, just a few cheap condensers and a bunch of old Shure unidynes. That kind of thing. :)
What do you bring to a song?
An objective perspective and opinion on what's important, and what drives the song into a forward motion.
What's your typical work process?
If I'm producing/recording something from the ground up, listening is everything! I like to look at the big picture and let a good song speak for itself, emphasizing minimalism in mic placement to avoid phase incoherence. Same goes for mixing: some styles and songs may call for heavy-handed production, but generally I try to augment and sculpt the source material in a way that lets a good song shine through the production. Your first thought when you hear a good song should be "Wow, what a great song!", not "Wow, what a well-engineered recording!".
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run a portable rig back and forth between my home studio and my band's treated practice studio. I use Focusrite conversion and preamps, and a streamlined mic locker including Cascade, ADK, AKG, and a few other modified/home-built mics.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm very inspired by producers like Sylvia Massy- people who are willing to take risks, try bizarre techniques, and go to any length to get the right sound, while still maintaining a high level of technical and musical integrity.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
While I love working in all phases of production, most of my work is in mix projects. I like to mix for artists I truly believe in and can work with on a creative level, so that I can deliver a mix that achieves what the artist hears in their head- not just me guessing at what they might want.