What are you working on at the moment?
Punk Rock Mixtape for local band "Hang Up".
Analog or digital and why?
Music is invisible. When we listen to music we don't see the gear used in created this music. I don't believe there should be any competition between the analog and digital domain because they simply different routes to the same destination which is a great sounding mix.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Quality and Excellence. It's your song but my mix and I'll dedicate 100% of my knowledge and will to getting the song to that sound as good as possible.
What do you like most about your job?
The ability to combine pieces of audio to become a cohesive unit that people can find musical is incredibly satisfying.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
One big misconception is that the mixer will turn a poorly recorded song into a radio smash hit regardless of how bad the quality is. Simple answer to this is you cant polish a turd. I will however make the most out of whatever quality of recording I am presented with. I have been fortunate to come across an array of different quality audio recordings and have been able to make good music nonetheless.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do you want your music to say about you?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Communication is key. In audio engineering it may be difficult to articulately communicate a concept. The easy way around this is to communicate as much as possible to make sure neither party goes off track.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Laptop, NI Komplete Audio 6, Yamaha HS 5, TubeTech CL1B Comp, Focusrite Red Compressor
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Started as a producer about 7 years ago and my passion gradually grew into mixing. I have been mixing for over 5 years now
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Travis Scott because his vocals have certain dynamic and tones that I would like to play around with.
Can you share one music production tip?
Control your gear, don't let it control you.
What type of music do you usually work on?
HipHop, EDM, R&B, Rock, Pop.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
My main aim is not to bring anything to the song but to highlight what's best parts of any performances.
What's your typical work process?
I usually start off by listening to the rough mix to get an idea of what song the final mix to sound like. I try to communicate what the vision I have for the song to the client before I even start mixing, that way I ensure the client and I are on the same page and limits unnecessary revision. I then move on the actual mix spending as long as I deem necessary to get it to sound polished before printing and sending out to the client for review.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Main Vocal Mic: TLM 103
Alt Vocal Mic: Rode NT1
Main Monitors: Yamaha HS 8
Alt Monitors: Yamaha HS 5
Main Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
Alt Audio Interface: NI Komplete Audio 6
Outboard compressor: ART PRO VLA II
DAW: Pro Tools 12
Plugins: Waves Bundles, Slate Digital Bundles, IK Multimedia, iZotope.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm heavily inspired by mix engineers like Manny Marroquin and Mixed by Ali. Favorite musicians and bands include System of a Down, Kanye West, Woodkid, Travis Scott and Rihanna
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