Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Brian Lee & His Orchestra's records come to mind. I mixed 2 of his albums and felt the best about the marriage of songwriting and creative mixing.
Analog or digital and why?
Work smarter. Not Harder. Use each to enhance the song.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Translate their song into sonic feelings.
What do you like most about your job?
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Let's Make a Deal
Do you pitch correct and edit while mixing?
No. I believe in the Seperation of Church and State.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Do you really listen to that song over and over and over again?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Are you a cake or pie person?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Let's Make a Record!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. Sennheiser 600 Headphones.
3. Tape Echo
4. Macbook Pro
5. Homebrewing Rig
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Started in 2003 working at studios in the Portland and Salem are in Oregon.
I worked as Craig Alvin's mix assistant from 2004 to 2008. Learned a lot about music and worked on my studio tan.
I've been freelance since 2007 and have been working for a variety of artists.
How would you describe your style?
Brave & Musical
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Nick Cave would be someone I'd like to work with. I like music the pushes my creativity.
Can you share one music production tip?
Less is More...
Unless More Sounds Awesome
What type of music do you usually work on?
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing that suits the song.
What do you bring to a song?
Musical sonic enhancements and bring a fresh approach to the song.
What's your typical work process?
1. Listen to the Rough Mix and discuss the vision of the song with the band.
2. Pre Mix the song down to a 32 track Pro Tools session. Commitment is Creative.
6. Did I Beat the Rough?
8. Send a Mix Reference
Tell us about your studio setup.
Its a hybrid mix of analogue and digital.
Hybrid Setup #1 is based around a Harrison Series 12 and a cocktail of Avalon, Alan Smart, Retro 176, Sta Level, and a pair of 1176. Pro Tools HD10 and UAD2.
Hybrid Setup #2 is based around a Neve Genesys and too many analogue goodies to right down. Pro Tools HDX11 and UAD2.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
T.Rex, Raising Arizona, Harry Nilsson, and Serge Gainsbourg.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Tracking and Mixing are my bread and butter.