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Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I did a few mixes for BBC One's "Death in Paradise" soundtrack. Sharing credits with the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry. That was awesome.
What are you working on at the moment?
My primary focus and specialty is mixing.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not at the moment.
Analog or digital and why?
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.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I am 100% dedicated to my work. I take it very seriously although it is my passion.
What do you like most about your job?
The fact that I can sit around and listen to music all day. It's the best job.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much do you charge? It depends on the song.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are some of your influences and what's your sonic vision for your song?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure to listen to samples. It's the end result.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Macbook Pro, Protools, Fader Control surface, NS-10s, UAD plugins.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out as an engineer recording a variety of artist, mainly bands at firsts. I've been doing this for over 7 years.
How would you describe your style?
My mixing style is very transparent, clean, and warm.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Anything Nile Rogers. He's a beast! From David Bowie to Madonna to Daft punk.
Can you share one music production tip?
Sure. Be careful with digital clipping and gain staging when during the tracking phase since digital clipping is irreversible.
What type of music do you usually work on?
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!
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
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."
What's your typical work process?
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.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I mix primarily in protools. I have since version 5. Depending on the setup, I mix in the box using hardware or UAD plugins.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am inspired by great producers who are also great musicians. Nile Rogers is one my biggest influences.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Specializing in mixing single songs, EPs and albums.