What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do your research, speak with as many providers as possible. Find someone who you feel comfortable with, someone who you will hopefully form a long term working relationship with.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Have you any musical training? How many hours do you spend practicing, working on you projects?
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I did an arrangement of Vivaldi's Four season for computer and quartet for a fashion show - Fashion @ Fed Square in Melbourne. Having performed the Winter movement of the Four Seasons' on violin at school it was very cool to be able to then perform it on the computer using samples and audio loops while conducting the quartet.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on the next Tiny Tiny EP (USA, indie electronic), music for an up and coming super talented Australian female singer (pop) and some club/dance tracks/remixes under my own name (downtempo, house, techno)
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Recently watched a video with Jeff Ellis (Frank Ocean), he seems like a really down to earth guy that i would definitely consider using one day. Yoad Nevo is another mix engineer and producer that has produced and mixed some cool stuff.
What do you like most about your job?
In the studio - getting lost in the music, dancing and singing without out a care, tears rolling down the face, pumping fists to an imaginary stadium full of people, laughing and having fun, finishing songs/tracks.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
My mum still doesn't think that what i do is a real job. I think that wins biggest misconception.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My parents started me on the violin at age 3. I learned music using the Suzuki Method, a learning method that focuses on training the ear rather than reading music. I played music in all the orchestra's and bands at school and began guitar lessons age 12 because i thought it was a lot cooler than violin!. I went on to study computer music at university B.Mus (New Media). Had my first commercial release/record out about 13 years ago and have been producing and DJ'ing around the world since.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Mac Pro, UA Apollo, Dynaudio BM6A's, Empirical Labs Distressors, Neve 1073, Rode Classic Mic.
Analog or digital and why?
Either or, it's not what you got, it's the music that you make with it that matters most
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Mac Pro, Metric Halo 2882 +DSP, Neve 1073DPA, Gefell UM930 and my set of Dynaudio BM6A's
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Jimi Hendrix, Mike Oldfield, Beethoven, Mozart, Kraftwerk, Beck, Kimbra, Solomun.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Music composition, production and sound design, vocal recording and comping