Hey! I'm a composer, songwriter, producer and session guitar player with around 25 years experience. I hold a Berklee certificate in Music Production and I am currently studying for professional certification in horn arrangement and orchestration.
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Interview with ScreamAudio
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital! Why? The days of real analogue are numbered. I just remember a lot of hissing and a lot of noise! But seriously, modern recording software and emulation these days is so close, you really don't need outboard analogue gear to make a professional sounding recording anymore. And there are so many benefits in the digital world, including space for one, mobility, and most certainly, cost!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm brand-new here on SoundBetter and I'm looking forward to working on projects here with new clients. I know how important it will be to gain some reputation points and some local experience. So with that in mind, I can only promise that I will do my best on each and every project. I will be open and communicative, reliable, and will deliver on-time to the best of my abilities!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I was going to say my trusty studio DAW covers everything, but I'm gonna assume that there is no power and the second piece of gear can't be a generator. So. 1 - Pen, 2 - Paper, 3 - My Gibson Hummingbird. 4 - .. everything else needs plugging in :/
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Eddie Van Halen or Steve Vai - can't decide which, but no matter, I'd work with them just lugging amps and putting strings on all day long :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: #1 Being a guitarist (and a pretty lame singer) it is hard to handle this one, but "the song" really is all about the vocal!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My roots are definitely in rock and blues music, but I love to experiment with all kinds of music and now days work a lot with a more modern pop kinda sound.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I've been playing guitar for over 30 years, so I'd have to consider that my first love and, I guess, my strongest skill. My strength, though, I believe is in the process itself. I no longer chase the goal of being "the fastest" or "the best", but focus on playing something that actually contributes something important to the finished song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I see myself as being a pretty creative person and I hate to copy others, so when I'm working on a song I like to work up my own ideas about what it should sound like and where it's going, and then just try to create something that works for that particular song, as each is unique.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the job, but it all starts with listening, and getting enough information to be able to deliver the best service that I can.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix in-the-box, as they say, and use the most current professional grade plugins from Waves, Sound Toys, Eventide, iZotope, and others. For acoustic recordings, I use an RME audio interface, Blue valve preamp, and have a selection of Neumann and other mics. For guitars, I use Gibson, Fender, and a Dan MacPherson custom.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do a lot of music production and writing writing work, which often involves live recording of guitar and bass performances, as well as drum programming, keyboards, and anything else that pulls it all together. I also mix and master a lot of music that I am involved with as well as for other artists.