Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I just recently finished a project with Sony's subsidiary label Provident, with a producer that I admire greatly - Matt Wilcox (Lovelier Other, Foster the People, Night Beds). They are reworked versions of well known songs, and Jason Ingram, Mia Fieldes, and others sang on them. I've listened to songs that these people have produced for years, and it felt a little surreal being able to track drums for them. I can't wait for everyone to hear it!
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I'm working on producing a local band, Millicent, making a few singles to be released over the next year. Also, I'm working with an incredible producer who is scoring every Psalm, and I'm extremely excited for everyone to hear.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Yes! My good friend Jonathan Moos, who is also in Colorado Springs, is an amazing Producer, Mix Engineer, Vocalist, Guitarist, you name it. I've worked on various things with him, and he always does a fantastic job!
Analog or digital and why?
In this day and age, it's common sense to me - use what you have! To completely discredit digital does not make sense to me, because we're at a place that digital has the full capacity to sound AMAZING, and offers incredible flexibility in post. But of course, there isn't anything quite like analog gear. Digital AND analog - the best of both worlds, in my opinion.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to work in whatever timeframe we agree upon, and go the extra mile in every aspect to get you the absolute best sounding tracks possible. And if something needs to be fixed, I will always fix it promptly!
What do you like most about your job?
I like that I get to put my own voice in other people's projects - collaboration is absolutely the most rewarding thing to me. When different people get together, all with different things to say and different thoughts about each part, and it all comes together at the end to make a finished project... There's not a feeling quite like that.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
I usually get asked about what I charge first, and many times, I can work with whatever budget is available. Next is gear, and I explain the gear I own, as well as the technical knowledge I have to maintain/use said gear. I've said it before, remote recording can be frightening, and everything absolutely has to be technically correct on my end.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That touring/playing music is just a big dreamy vacation ;) Being able to play/record and make money is an absolute BLESSING, but it comes with absolutely insane amounts of time, money, and mental energy invested into it. It's not quite for the faint of heart.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is your timeline? What is your preferred method of communication? What is your budget, and how can I work with your needs? What are your influences?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Please, get to know me! Ask tons of questions and listen to what I've done to gauge if my sound is the sound you are looking for!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I'd absolutely take my Apollo 8p, Kick, Snare, AKG 414, and of course - computer. :)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I almost "stumbled" into drums - my parents got me lessons at age 9, and I haven't looked back since! I grew up playing in church, and sort of "cut my teeth" playing at New Life Church here in Colorado Springs. I've had the amazing opportunity to travel with different artists from there for about the last 4-5 years, as well as doing sessions for different local/national acts. I'm 23 now, and I've been playing drums for 14 years total, but have been drumming professionally going on about 5 years now.
How would you describe your style?
That's definitely a hard one. I'm very influenced by funk - love the weight of the grooves. I'd say a mixture of funk, rnb, and a little special sauce in between. :)
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Since early on, I've been an avid fan of MuteMath - it would be an absolute dream to collaborate with any of those guys.
Can you share one music production tip?
Get good sounds from the beginning - Never try to settle for something and fix it in post.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Recently, I've been working on a lot of pop/RnB music, as well as a good amount of Worship projects.
What's your strongest skill?
I believe that I have I have a great ear for arrangement and dynamics - making sure everything feels concise and flows beautifully from one part to the next. Drums can make or break a song, and I work my absolute hardest to make the song as a whole feel tight and come to life.
What do you bring to a song?
Feel, intensity, and character in the parts and tones - I'm a huge proponent of experimenting with sounds when there is room for it.
What's your typical work process?
Because most of my work is remote, I usually like to get as clear of a vision for the project from the client as possible BEFORE working on anything, because they aren't always in the room with me. Going the extra mile before tracking is a must. I'll send every parts idea and every tone idea during each session, maintaining a clear stream of communication the entire time to make sure we're always on the same page.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Preamps/Converter - API 3124, UA 2-610, Apollo 8p and Apollo 16.
Microphones - (2) AKG C414 XLII, (2) Sennheiser 421, (5) Shure SM-57, Shure Beta 52, Audio Technica AT2020, (2) Cascade Fathead II
Most of my recordings are done at home - but my setup is completely mobile as well.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Paul Mabury, Aaron Sterling, James McAlister, Darren King, Son Lux - some of the modern greats, in my opinion!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
My bread and butter is remote drum kit/programming sessions for clients out of my home here in Colorado Springs.