How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is high-energy, because I tend to work on upbeat stuff the most. A lot of rock (modern and classic), pop, hip-hop, etc.
However, some of my favorite projects have been on the softer side. The key is to really make things pop and shine, even when it's an acoustic ballad. You still want it to jump out of the speakers in an appropriate way.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I'm currently co-producing an LP for a singer-songwriter named John Louis. Really great modern rock 'n roll in the same vein as Mike Mains or Relient K. The album works through the process of a really intense breakup and I think the emotion being captured through those songs is really going to connect with people.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently editing and mixing a full-length for my own band, Static Speed, and I'm super excited for it. We've been working on it on and off during the past few summers and it's finally nearing completion. These are some of my favorite songs I've ever written with those guys, and finally showing them to people is going to be so rewarding.
Analog or digital and why?
I'm a digitally-bred producer, so I'll always tend to lean that way. I've always been a computer geek, so the ability to manipulate things after-the-fact appeals to me. Sometimes I have to rein myself in to commit to a sound or a take, which is something analog kind of forced people to do.
The sound of analog definitely has a vibe, though. Luckily, there are many tools out there now to capture a bit of that warmth, so some of that mojo isn't totally lost in the digital age.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A MacBook Pro with Logic + a bunch of VIs, the nicest two-channel interface money could buy, a great stereo pair of mics (two Neumann's maybe) and a good pair of headphones (I love my ATH-R70x's, but would sand get in the open-backs?).
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I think my path to music production really started with Guitar Hero. I started really listening and writing music because of that game, and Rock Band, etc. A lot of those games came with USB microphones for the vocalist, too, and those were the first things I plugged into my computer and started recording with.
Once I started writing music, I wanted to make records of my own, but knew recording studios were too expensive unless I was in a serious band. So I started doing demos with those USB microphones and it all progressed from there.
Eventually, a man at my church noticed my interest and let me use his radio broadcasting equipment to make an EP with a friend of mine. Basically, from there I decided I needed to go to college for audio, because it was so satisfying.