Can you share one music production tip?
Practice, practice and more practice. The most important aspect of any audio production project is the performance!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Predominantly various genres of Rock and Heavy Metal.
What's your strongest skill?
Besides being as technically proficient as I can be at stages of the audio production process, I believe the most important skill is my ability to communicate well with my clients and maintain quality report.
What do you bring to a song?
My biggest goal when working on a clients project is to bring an experience from years of listening and playing music, and apply it to the clients material in a way that induces movement and an emotional response. I aim to take a clients material and move it from an idea or a live performance to a recorded product in the most succinct and efficient way as possible.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work from a predominantly digital, modest recording setup based around a custom Windows PC and Pro Tools based workflow. I use a collection of external microphone preamps and outboard gear to bring some analogue warmth and richness into the digital domain also.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Really there are large numbers of people in the production world that inspire me. As I've always been a big heavy metal fan some of my favorite producers include the likes of Eyal Levi, Jason Soucoff, Mark Lewis, Dave otero, Joel Wanasek and many others. I also love following other producers such as Bobby Owsinski, Sylvia Massy, Joey Sturgis and again, many others.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
One of my largest goals from the inception of Mordecai Records was to offer new and up-and-coming bands easy, cost effective audio production. As this is often the case, my work largely consists of tracking rock and heavy metal bands in various locations including my own home studio. Generally drums will either be tracked at studio OR for bands with lower budgets, electronically tracked or programmed in my studio. After this, again depending on budget and artist requests, guitars, bass and vocals will be tracked in my studio.
If I'm only hired to mix/master a track, this will all happen here in my home studio.