What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That us professional finalizers make the song HAPPEN. it's the songwriters who do that. We just make it digestible for the masses, and maybe add a little platinum dust along the way.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I am proud of the work I did for Prodigy of Mobb Deep (recording, some mastering) on his upcoming albums.
What are you working on at the moment?
Mixing and Mastering up and coming artists, and doing some higher profile work too.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Both. You can do things with one that you can do with the other.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll make it sound fantastic. Take my work and run it thru the Pepsi challenge.
What do you like most about your job?
I am my own boss.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do you produce?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I try to get a feel for understanding their style. I'll ask whatever questions I need to.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Don't get it mixed and mastered if it isn't really produced.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Weiss limiter, my computer, my Bock u67, my father's novel Women and Men (1st edition) and my Mother's painting that hangs in my studio, entitled "world out there"
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Instruments for over 20 years. Pro tools for 11 years. Own and operate my Studio in Times Square NYC since 2012. Worked for Stretch Armstrong, Pat Leonard, and grad from music technology at CalArts.
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Kanye west because he's got a unique production ear.
Can you share one music production tip?
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance, and that I really love McDSP plugins!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip hop and pop.
What's your strongest skill?
My listening skill.
What do you bring to a song?
I hit the bullseye with each song.
What's your typical work process?
I take stems or 2-tracks and I improve them immensely.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Lavry quintessence, antelope Orion, TI 4222, SSL sigma + Buss comp, Manley vari-mu mastering edition, dangerous Bax, Weiss ds1-mkIII, Cranesong avocet, JBL M2, attack wall, ps audio power plant.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Manny M., Mike Dean, Diplo.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing and Mastering