If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
G&L S500 Stratocaster, Fender Hot Rod Deville, Laptop, Interface, Shure SM57.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I recorded a 5-song EP for a local singer-songwriter recently. He brought me some rough demos along with some big-name recordings he enjoyed. Over the span of a month, I helped him bring his vision to life. The record was a definite success and he walked out of my studio with something he was proud to put both of our names on.
What are you working on at the moment?
A record in the vein of Elevation Worship for my church's band.
Analog or digital and why?
Both have their merits; personally I'm digital but I aim for analog-sounding recordings.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Excellent quality at a price you can afford.
What do you like most about your job?
Getting to share a vision with a client and make it come to life.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do I need new strings? YESSSSSS.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What exactly is it that you're wanting to accomplish and what is your budget?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Come prepared. If you're sending in tracks to be mixed, make sure they are the best they can possible be in terms of both performance and tonal quality.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career in music grew naturally out of my lifelong love for it. I first began playing guitar in middle school, then I picked up bass and drums in high school. I started learning to record during my freshman year due to a lack of accessible recording studios in my small home town of Poplar Bluff, MO; playing in a punk band isn’t cheap for a suburban kid on a part-time McDonald’s salary. I officially went into business my sophomore year while taking a job working sound at a local music venue. After many phones calls to professionals, blogs, videos, and tedious trial and error, I began to be able to navigate the treacherous waters of audio production.
Over the past decade, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a myriad of genres, from traditional country to emotional hardcore and hip hop. I’ve also had the pleasure of mixing front of house for numerous national artists, including Memphis May Fire, A Plea For Purging, For Today, Spoken, Life on Repeat, and Wolves at the Gate. I’ve produced and mixed for clients all over the Midwest and even worked on a tracking/mixing project from England. I’ve also served as an audio engineer and worship leader in multiple churches over the last decade; I’m currently serving at Destiny Church in Republic, MO.
I also dabble in video production, photography, and post-production for video, but I wouldn’t call myself a professional by any means. Music is my life and passion and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. If you’re looking for someone who knows music, instruments, tone, and will work hard to see your vision for your art come alive, I’m your guy.
How would you describe your style?
Analog in a digital realm.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
John. Freaking. Mayer. The man is a musical genius and I would love to produce a song for him.
Can you share one music production tip?
Get it right at the source. Fixing it in post is a cop-out.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Indie rock, heavy music, singer-songwriter.
What's your strongest skill?
Drum/guitar tone engineering and mixing.
What do you bring to a song?
My strength lies in making the song sound the best it possibly can with the pieces I have at my disposal.
What's your typical work process?
Typically I start recording drums, then layer guitars, keys, bass, then vocals last. After the tracking process, I then edit what was recorded. I never start the mixing process unless I have all of the finished tracks in front of me.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I own a home studio with a spacious live room and a mixing booth. I embrace technology and mix in-the-box without producing digital sounding recordings.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm a fan of the music of John Mayer, Anberlin, My Epic, The Reign of Kindo, and Jack Johnson. I'm a fan of the production style of Matt Goldman at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta, GA.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I typically do full production and mixing for my clients.