I have been a musician for the past 27 years, primarily piano, vocals and guitar. I love to create, mix and produce music.

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Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Mix engineer for a bride.
What are you working on at the moment?
Acoustic pop tune.
Analog or digital and why?
Absolutely digital; I have no nostalgia for tape, no more than I miss playing music on an 8 track tape deck.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To make their song sound as good as I possibly can.
What do you like most about your job?
The satisfaction of getting a track where I want it, and a happy client.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That its very easy. It's only easy if you've done it a lot.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is your vision for this song; who are your influences; what do you want this song to sound like?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have a clear vision for what you'd like your song to sound like.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. PC with Sonar 2. my JBL's 3. my MixCubes 4. my box radio 5. my HD600's
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been a musician for 27 years, starting on piano when I was about 12 years old. I've been working with synthesizers and MIDI for all that time, developing and mixing my own music.
How would you describe your style?
Friendly and professional; very easy to reach and get along with.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Bob Clearmountain. I unknowingly grew up listening to his mixes and he was very influential on other mixe engineers who's work I've listened to all my life as well.
Can you share one music production tip?
Have a goal and vision; listen, make your move, repeat until you're there.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I've worked on many different types of genres, but most commonly acoustic, contemporary pop.
What's your strongest skill?
Persistence. I stay on it until its where I want it.
What do you bring to a song?
An open mind, lots of musical influences, flexibility, vision.
What's your typical work process?
I like to work fast and stay in the vibe.
Tell us about your studio setup.
JBL 4326 Monitors with subwoofer, MixCubes, HD 600, Sonar Platinum, Melodyne Studio, Waves, Slate, Ozone
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Bo Clearmountain, Fab Dupont, Andrew Scheps (I really enjoy the way the last two teach and share information).
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing and tuning. I really enjoy both. Both are tedious but very satisfying.