What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's your favourite colour? Ha ha.... No. Usually what their expectations are? Do they have a specific sound or playing style in mind? Are they open to suggestions? Turn around time? Recording format: Stems 2-mix...etc
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do It! You won't regret it! :) Seriously, call me and let's talk. That's the best way to find common ground. IMHO
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing in band when I was 11 years old and recording when I was 13. When I was in my early twenties I worked at a Radio and TV station, running the recording studio and doing all their music and production work. Plus I was this tech as well. I did this for 22 years.
Can you share one music production tip?
Use level automation before adding plugin compression. Level automation is the most natural dynamic control there is in production. IMHO
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, Progressive, Pop, Blues, Jazz.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I do it for free?...lol. Hmm. Well sometimes they don't believe that I did no use a drum sample but rather my own drum sound.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not as of yet, I'm new and just joined. I'll keep my eyes open though. :)
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I'd have to be thinking extreme versatility so for me it would be; Royer 121 ribbon mic, Shure SM 57 cardioid mic, Great River MP-2NV Pre, Crane Song STC-8 Compressor and the Retro Sta. I like compression.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
One that comes to mind is a project I worked on that was 12 songs for a band that recorded everything in a bedroom including the drums. My job was to mix the songs and take the room out of the mix. I'm proud of it because of the end result was a day and night difference. SO I was very happy that I was able to pull it off for them and they were really excited too.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm remixing a pile of songs for an old musician pal of mine. Great songs too!1 :)
Analog or digital and why?
BOTH! Analogue outboard gear for that sound that can't be duplicated digitally IMHO. And digital for editing and mixing.
There are also lots of fantastic plugins that sound amazing and I love those two. But I want them both if I can. I have reel to reel machines as well, but I don't use them much these days.
MY preferred chain in general: A/D_D/A_D
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That they will love my work or at the very least like it. I'm being honest. You can't score 100 every time when
collaborating but you can give 100%.
What do you like most about your job?
The end results and the learning something new everyday gift.
What's your strongest skill?
The obsession of perfection... lol Both a gift and a curse. But I like things to be as good as they can be. Do it till it's right kind of motto?
What do you bring to a song?
An open mind, with creative suggestions ( I hope) and the dare to be different with the goal of making great music as the end result.
What's your typical work process?
I kind of work by process of elimination if you will. I listen take notes, then I do a few passes and listen back to what I did. Noting what worked then discarding the rest. l usually end up with two or three versions and play these for the client.
For drum playing I tend to think outside the box by nature, playing off the other instruments and voice without subtracting from the feel and groove of the song. The song tells you what it needs most of the time. Not all of the time. Tasteful playing is most important to compliment the song
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio has 3 drum kits a 7 piece maple Gretsch, a Tama 9 piece mahogany power tom and a 7 Piece Epek custom Maple kit with Wood hoops. Cymbals are Pastie Signature, and Sabian HH series. DAW: Nuendo 71. Converters: Lynx Aurora 16. Fostex 1/2" 16 track with dolby S. Pres: Gordon Model 5, Great River, API, Seven Circle Audio. Compressors: UA 1176LN, Api 2500, Crane Song STC8, DBX 160x, Pendulum Audio OCL 500, Petes Place 500. Mics: 2X Royer 121, 2X Shure KSM 32, 4X SM 57, 4X Sennheiser 421, 4X AKG D-112. 2X Crown PZM, Peluseo 2247-LE. Mogami cabiling.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Oh there are so many greats, but off the top of my head: The Beatles and George Martin, Frank Zappa for both music and production. Yes, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, 10cc, Rush, CCR, The Police. Various Classical and Jazz...etc..
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
For my clients I mainly do drum tracks or I mix their songs for them. Sometimes I get asked to play live to too. Love that also.