What are you working on at the moment?
Recently I started networking in different ways, usually I would work with artist that come to LA or live in LA, but now I am getting work from other places in the world. I feel good about 2016 & 2017.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I came to Los Angeles to do "Recording Connection" classes, then I did "Berkley Online" courses. I have now engineered for different recording studios in Burbank, CA for the past 6 or 7 years, but last year I started getting gigs on my own, Producing and Mixing, the two things I love the most.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Hybrid is my generation.
More tools, more options.
More crayons, more colors.
More languages, more communication , etc.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
What do you like most about your job?
Music... hopefully we are all here for the music.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
I get asked a lot "After you are done mixing can I tell you what I like and what I don't like" and my answer is always yes!! my job is to bring your vision alive, not tell you what to like.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
music? vision? and goals?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have music of course, but have a vision and have goals. It makes the process easier, more fun and it makes me work even harder. I already wish everyone the best, but if I work on it, I wanna see it succeed even more. Take pride in what you do !
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Laptop with Pro Tools and plugins... if we can make that count as one, Manley Reference Microphone, 1176, Api 512c preamp, and probably a Bricasti M7.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Rihanna would be the artist I would give pretty much anything to work with. Her voice sounds amazing on every record ! she is special to me.
Can you share one music production tip?
Try to keep Kick and Bass MONO ! at least the sub frequencies.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop & Hip-Hop... and of course "pop" has a wide range.
What do you bring to a song?
Better sound. Creativeness if needed.
What's your typical work process?
I always start by trying to understand where the client wants to go with the song. This can mean a lot of things, maybe the artist wants a Pop sound or maybe more of a singer songwriter feel, etc. After I think I can see what they see, I then listen to the demos one or two more times. I always keep a copy of the demos on the Pro Tools sessions while I mix. Depending on the song I can finish mixing the record in one or two days, I might need an extra day for tweaks before I send out an MP3 to the client.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I love the sound Dr. Luke's productions have. Max Martin's lyrics and melodies are Top-10 everyday for a reason right? So you gotta respect that! When it comes to mixing, Chris Lord-Alge & Manny Marroquin are my idols. Rihanna, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Tool & John Mayer probably dominate my iPod.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing. I have a lot of fun mixing! I am amazed how a song can sound better or be destroyed just by pushing some faders.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Pro Tools, Pro Tools, Pro Tools! Control 24 console/controller, Yamaha ns10s and a bunch of different size Sony speakers, all Mogami cables & on my right I have Api EQ's and an 1176.