Analog or digital and why?
Digital. It sounds better and is so much easier and faster.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you work for free? I say No.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That anyone can do it. In a bedroom, garage, on a laptop...Everyone is a recording engineer these days.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you think it's expensive to hire a professional... Wait till you hire an amature...
What's your typical work process?
Come in. Get comfortable. Let's talk about what you are looking for. Set you up. Make it happen.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Typically it's composing and producing music for either a TV spot or a show. There's a lot of voice over and music recording/tracking as well.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
This Is going to sound amazing!
What do you like most about your job?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do you want to record? What is your budget?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Acoustic guitar, SM57, Rolanad 808 and an old Tascam 144.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I had a sound rental company in the 70s, always played in bands, moved to LA in 82 to make it big in the music biz and then spent 27 years there doing it before moving to Napa in 2006.
How would you describe your style?
Professional and experienced.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Any real artist is an inspiration to work with. I have worked with some greats but I'm often more inspired by the up and coming artists.
Can you share one music production tip?
Mic the top and bottom of a snare.
What type of music do you usually work on?
A very wide variety in TV.
What's your strongest skill?
Properly recording every instrument makes your mix great. It's all one process really, but it has two important parts. Both are my strong point.
What do you bring to a song?
It depends on if I am producing it or just tracking it. Either way my goal is to make sure its the best it can be.
Tell us about your studio setup.
We are up a windy little country road in the Napa Valley, tucked away in the redwoods. The studio runs Pro Tools, has a great sounding room for live recording as well as a nice dead spot for VO.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Anyone who comes in and rips on their instrument. From guitar to violin... We always appreciate what amazing players add to our music.