Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Producing Interscope Records debut album for No Doubt. My work on this CD appears on five other No doubt cds.
Their rise to fame was not accidental. I was their first producer and feel that my contributions helped them achieve their stardom.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently pitching a song I produced for a major television show, just finished recording and mixing two cds and will be doing a short blues tour on the east coast.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
I love them both.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
The product will sound great as long as we listen and respect each other.
What do you like most about your job?
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long will it take?
That depends on how prepared we are.
How much will it cost?
The price varies on a number of songs to recorded, musicians (yours or mine), and where we record.
When can we get started?
It depends on my schedule and yours.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That people think they can produce their own music and get the same results with out a producer.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are your goals and expectations for your own career?
What is your timeline?
Who is your audience?
What is your inspiration?
Most of my questions vary from client to client.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Prepare to work very hard, to accomplish our goals together and have a great time doing it. I work with the best people in the industry world wide!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Les Paul, Fender Strat, Mac book with Pro tools 12, Telefunken mic & my M Audio Axiom controller.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started as a musician touring with such acts as Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Blondie, The Beach Boys, etc and producing artists like No Doubt, KISS, Jani Lane of Warrant, Great White, Rolan Bolan, Charlie Pride and the list goes on.
How would you describe your style?
Clean, ass kicking, inspirational, on time and on budget.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The kind of artist that has great material whether they write it or not, a strong image, focus/determination & the ability to be financially responsible for the development of their music and career.
Can you share one music production tip?
Make sure everything sounds great before recording and don't rehearse in the studio. Come in knowing your stuff!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Close to everything genre wise.
What's your strongest skill?
Making it happen to put it simply.
What do you bring to a song?
Everything I can. i.e. Creating an atmosphere that produces a once in a life time performance from the artist. My Contribution can be as simple as a great hook for a chorus or a complete overhaul of the music.
What's your typical work process?
I work on writing and arrangements with my clients. Produce the most flattering yet honest representation of my clients music. Then in select situations I get involved in the development of my clients career post production.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use two studios. One of which is The Greene Room, great drum sound and every piece of gear you ever dreamed of! The second studio I use is The B Room my own studio, small but magnificent!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
The Beatles to Beyonce and everything in between if its good!
Tom Dowd, Tony Brown, Pharrell, Clive Davis, Peter Asher & Beau Ray Fleming to mention a few.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Arrangements, full studio productions, Co-write, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals, Career development, Mixing, Song Placement, etc.