What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's their time frame?
What do they want bounced and sent back at the end of the project beyond the obvious? (e.g. Instrumental Mix, Mix with vox lower, Vox only, all stems, etc.)
How many tracks are they sending me?
Are they hiring me to mix or mix and master?
How, where, and with what did they record?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I would recommend that they listen to previously mixed songs by the person and try to get a vibe if they'd work well with the person/would trust them.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Neve 1073, dbx 160, Teletronix LA-2A, API 550A, and the Kush Clariphonic
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with James Blake. He has a beautiful voice with a lot of emotion and great ear for arrangement.
Can you share one music production tip?
ARRANGEMENT is key! As you're writing lead guitar riffs or adding in back up vox, think about the space in the song. By leaving space at certain parts of the song, then filling it in at other parts will give your song the movement you'll need to make your production interesting.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on rock, pop, and acoustic singer/songwriter music.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is bringing out emotion and energy in vocals. As a singer myself and having worked with many singers, vocals are the most sensitive and arguably, the most important instrument in the mix. It's where I like to start my mix and have had good success with emphasizing the best part of the singer's voice.
What do you bring to a song?
I've been a drummer, bassist, guitarist, and singer in multiple bands. I am always listening for and thinking of ways to create an arrangement that simple, yet full of emotion. Playing multiple instruments in my past has given me the perspective to listen closely to what each part is doing.
What's your typical work process?
I make sure to listen to the unmixed or rough/band's mix of the song multiple times before diving in so I can get a feel for what the song is about. After that, I love focusing on getting the vox and drums/beat working well together. If I can pull out the emotion of a singer's vocals and get it working well with the beat, everything else usually falls into place nicely.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am a huge fan of Tchad Blake and love productions from a wide range of music stemming from Tom Waits to Feist.