Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A project called "Smug God" from Smug Mang. I was young and inexperienced. My mixes were god awful listening back. Absolute trash; however, the project not only blew up and essentially made my clients career, it was a collaboration that involved young artists that are famous in the scene today as well as older, well famed & established rappers. Its success gave me reassurance and hope I could mix for a living.
What are you working on at the moment?
Multiple projects with longtime clients. It's a constant churn of work all the time.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I haven't gotten a chance to look around but I'm sure there are some engineers here that I may recognize.
Analog or digital and why?
Although most times I work 100% ITB; I prefer a Hybrid setup when available. The Digital side provides me use almost anywhere I go as well as easy recallablitity for clients while Analog provides a slight improvement of width and depth of the overall sonicscape.
What do you like most about your job?
I love working on music! It's great!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Cost & Time are the two main questions I get. They both vary on the size of the job; however, everything is clear and worked out before I even begin to work on their music.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The fix it in the mix mentality. That I can turn bad recordings into good ones. I encourage all artists to get the best recordings possible and get tones and sounds you want right from the start.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What problems they're having with their demo. What they need me to address. What the intended platform of release is planned for the song.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
To get their songs sounding as close to finished as possible before sending to Mixer (Meaning that they are happy with the tones of their demo and know what they want their Mixer to deliver)
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
251 - 1176 - Neve Preamp - GML EQ - Barefoot MM27
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
School (Suny NCCC for Audio Recording and Production) - Internship (GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY) - Freelanced after my internship out of GCR Audio for 2.5 years. Today I do remote mixing from various studios or from my own professional home studio. I have been recording and mixing since 2010.
How would you describe your style?
Full, defined and polished.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I can't say one particular artist but I will say that I enjoy working with artist that take their music as seriously as I do.
Can you share one music production tip?
Limitations inspire creativity. Make what you have work.
What type of music do you usually work on?
New Urban and Hip Hop
What's your strongest skill?
Understanding the bigger picture for the artist sake.
What do you bring to a song?
A fresh set of ears. I can be more constructive as an outside listener to help your record along.
What's your typical work process?
After receiving files I pull faders up and get good balances on your song or songs and learn them. I will do this night prior if I can so I can jump right into mixing with fresh ears early in the morning. Next is mixing, then sending out to clients for mix notes (if any corrections need to be made). After cleared with clients I send actual files that they require such as reference masters and unmastered versions if needed for Mastering Engineer in formats requested.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My main studio setup revolves around a Pro Tools 11 rig utilizing Universal Audio Apollo converters with Focal monitoring. Most of my mixing is in the box; however, when I can, I like Hybrid mixing.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Manny Marroquin, Fabian Marasciullo & Jaycen Joshua.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Record,Edit, Arrange, Mix & Master