What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I'm working on an EP and live show mix and a couple of mastering projects.
What do you like most about your job?
Being one of the first people on the planet to witness the birth of new music, seeing how it evolves from ideas and little pieces into something completely new. It's magical.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I got interested in music technology in my very early teens, and made my first recording when I was twelve or so. In school, I was always the guy that was asked to handle the sound for events, probably because I was the only one nerdy enough to think it was cool. At the age of sixteen I got together my first, very modest tracking and mixing setup and started doing stuff for bands I knew just for the fun of it. After high school I got a degree in audio engineering, and to this day, I've been working on and off as a full or part time professional for around eight years.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Right now I think I'd pick the Maryland blues rockers Clutch. Incredible groove!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly everything that could be considered rock 'n roll in one way or another, but I love working out of my comfort zone as well!
What do you bring to a song?
I never try to force the song into something it isn't, but rather let the music guide me and take it to the sonic level that brings out all the goodness of the song in the best possible way.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run a compact but comfy recording studio with top of the line gear and good vibes. It's a hybrid of modern digital technology and really funky vintage gear. I like to combine the sheer power of a Pro Tools rig combined with strange old stuff that sounds a bit different every time you turn it on.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I hugely appreciate people who can get the most out of strange and modest gear, people who aren't afraid of doing stuff that generally shouldn't be done.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. No reason to keep one door open and close another!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Talk. Communicate. Ask. There are no stupid questions or stupid opinions - it's your music, and you're entitled to make sure it turns out just right. I'm here for you!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A mobile recorder like the Zoom R16, my old Framus slide guitar, a pair of headphones, a generator and a lifetime supply of diesel.
How would you describe your style?
Powerful, crushing and uncompromising, ha!
Can you share one music production tip?
When you feel like you're missing a piece of gear to complete something, you probably aren't. Use what you have and make it beg for mercy. And this is from a gear junkie!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I've done plenty from mobile recording to mastering, but my main gig is recording and mixing in the realm of all the possible sub genres of rock 'n roll.