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Interview with Pro Mixing Online
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by great producers who are also great musicians. Nile Rogers is one my biggest influences.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix primarily in protools. I have since version 5. Depending on the setup, I mix in the box using hardware or UAD plugins.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Varies depending on project. In a nutshell; I try to talk to the clients first to understand their vision of the song. Then it's off to doing what I do best while focusing on the client's vision.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring emotion, movement, and translation. The song is always king. It's like putting a the pieces of a puzzle together to create "The big picture."
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a variety of genres. Blues, Pop, RnB, Dance and Rap. Genres have a lot more in common that most people think. It's all relative!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sure. Be careful with digital clipping and gain staging when during the tracking phase since digital clipping is irreversible.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anything Nile Rogers. He's a beast! From David Bowie to Madonna to Daft punk.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My mixing style is very transparent, clean, and warm.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as an engineer recording a variety of artist, mainly bands at firsts. I've been doing this for over 7 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Protools, Fader Control surface, NS-10s, UAD plugins.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure to listen to samples. It's the end result.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are some of your influences and what's your sonic vision for your song?
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Specializing in mixing single songs, EPs and albums.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone can be a mix engineer overnight. There are certain things that you can learn overnight such as learning a piece of software; but being a great mix engineer not only takes hard work, an open mind, and years of experience to blossom. Mix engineers are artist, too!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? It depends on the song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I can sit around and listen to music all day. It's the best job.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am 100% dedicated to my work. I take it very seriously although it is my passion.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the situation. Some tracks just need to be warmed up to create a certain feeling. Some tracks sound great digitally. It all depends.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at the moment.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My primary focus and specialty is mixing.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I did a few mixes for BBC One's "Death in Paradise" soundtrack. Sharing credits with the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry. That was awesome.