Delivering Songs to Ears since 1999
Hi, I'm Chris! I'm 1/4 of a production group called Wax Jelly, and the owner of a small production company, Lunaverse Records. I am a mixing and mastering engineer by way of long time pro keyboard player, music director and former on air radio personality. Helping artists & songs reach their intended destination is an obsession for me. It's that feeling you get when you eat something really good, and you wanna dance in your seat!
Genres we work with range from country, to pop, folk, classical, rock, R&B, contemporary, jazz and more. Tracking projects are usually done to 2 inch tape on a Studer A820, through vintage pres, compressors and a custom console. For mixing & mastering, I work in my own studio which is an analog/digital hybrid with mastering grade converters. Outboard consists of Manley, Neve, SSL and more. I am also on Apple's approved list of Mastered for iTunes providers.
As a band director, musician, producer and engineer, I've worked with a number of gold, platinum and local artists. Credits include Everlast/House of Pain, Nashville's Muzik Mafia (Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Damien Horne), Chris Cagle, Heidi Newfield/Trick Pony, American Idol contestants, Voice contestants, Randy Houser, and members of Old Dominion.
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Interview with Wax Jelly
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I did a project with one of my brothers that was tracked entirely on 2 inch tape, where we used zero pitch correcting software, and just let the players play their hearts out. The result was music! It was so gratifying. You can hear some of that project on my website, Lunaverse Records. Look for the song "Peace of Mind". My role in the album was producer, mixing engineer, and mastering engineer. I also did most of the arrangements and keyboard playing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm perpetually working on Wax Jelly. It's a mix of whatever we come up with! 70s/80s sounding tracks with wacky videos. It's a lot of fun! Currently, we have a relationship with Universal Studios, where they put our songs and videos in a regular rotation on the big screen, and radio station at City Walk. Look/listen for it, and Shazam us!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make this as loud or louder than "that" track? Answer: Sure; how much do you want it to sound like music?
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. There are pros and cons to both. I generally use both on a regular basis.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not done until it's perfect!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music that makes people move, or emotionally react in some form.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's learnable in school. It takes thousands of hours of real world, hands on experience to perfect.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What artist or recording to do you want or hope the finished product to sound like? What is your budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to their work, don't just read names.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A good drum set, a better bass, something to record on, powered speakers/headphones and an Empirical Labs EL-9. Why an EL-9? It's a tank, and it's sooo versatile!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path begin as a radio personality, followed by touring keyboard player, and then music director, before starting my own production company. I've been in the business, professionally, for about 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A little bit of everything.. Even though I know that's cliche to say.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Phil Collins. He has made some unbelievable and strange writing/arrangement/instrument/production choices over the course of his career, and I'd just like to see that magic live in the room!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen! Listen! Listen!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on everything. I'm a sucker for all things music!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe listening is my strongest skill. Songs will reveal their production needs to you if you simply listen.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I usually like to say that special character that you can't quite describe.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process starts with listening. To me, songs and productions will reveal their path if you let them. Additionally, there are many conversations with the client before any work is ever started. I like to have a very clear picture of where our destination is. For tracking projects, I usually track to 2 inch tape, using a Studer A820. After meticulously being transferred to Pro Tools, I take the files to my home studio, where I migrate them into Sonar Producer X3 for overdubs, editing and mixing. Why Sonar, you ask? To me, I hear a difference in DAWs. And Sonar, sounds softer on the ear. For mixing & mastering, I use a combo of analog and digital, usually with the final limiter being digital, typically from the Izotope Ozone Advanced suite. If the project will be delivered to Apple, the very last part of my process is the Mastered for iTunes protocol.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I utilize two facilities for projects. One is a larger tracking facility where I usually track to 2 inch tape through vintage pres, compressors, and a custom console. For mixing and mastering, I work from my own studio which is an analog/digital hybrid with mastering grade converters. My outboard consists of Neve, SSL, Manley, Cranesong, Dangerous, UA and more. Software is Pro Tools, Sonar, UAD MKII, Melodyne.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones, David Foster, Bruce Swedien, Max Martin
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Mastering, Arranging, Editing, Producing.