Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Dave Reese's Yeah! album was a both a learning experience and a joy. I was the engineer and session guitarist and bassist. I also wrote a couple songs.
What are you working on at the moment?
At my home studio, Syvret Music. I also do FOH Mixing at Liquid Church, New Jersey, every Sunday.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Currently no one! But I always recommend people who could get the job done better because I only care if the project will turn out the best it can be.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog. It is more fun to work with.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I can't promise anything but I can guarantee I won't say the project has been completed until you are 100% happy with it.
What do you like most about your job?
Taking someones creativity and voice and putting it to a tangible form.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Mostly just the pricing which is all negotiable.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I don't change the way your music was written. I will make it sound sonically better while imparting my own style to it. But I always make sure the music is how it is meant to be.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
How serious are you? What artists do you like? Do you have pets? What movies do you like?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
You are the voice and the person you hire is how your voice is heard.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My acoustic guitar because everything else would require power!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
The only thing I could ever focus on and relate to as a youth was music. I never question or regret anything that happens in my life and it has pushed me down the right path since my discovery of music.
How would you describe your style?
It would be my style. I cultivate all my sounds from every musical genre from the 1950s to today.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I love working with new artists because they have the ability to become successful and I would love to say I was there when it happened.
Can you share one music production tip?
No idea is a bad idea.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, Country, Metal, R&B
What's your strongest skill?
My unique sound and approach to all projects. I impart my own sound but each project I put out sounds different because I let the music and creativity lead me.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring my own sound and style which is very specific to me. I let the natural flow of the song move me and direct me to where it is going to end up.
What's your typical work process?
I am very OCD and pre plan everything and make sure everything is organized. I like to list down all the ideas that the client has and mix them with my own. I will always send updated versions and different ideas to the client.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a professional grade computer (iMac 2015, 5K, 32 GB RAM), Monitoring System (Persons Sceptre S8, KRK Rokit 6, Universal Audio Apollo), Outboard Gear (Softube Console 1, Universal Audio 4-710D, Warm Audio Tone Beat, Warm Audio WA76, Axe FX 2), Plug-Ins (Universal Audio, Waves, Sound Toys, Native Instruments), Virtual Instruments (Steven Slate, Native Instruments Complete Ultimate 10, UVI), Instruments (Gibson Les Paul, Fender 52' Reissue Hot Rod Telecaster, Fender American Stratocaster, PRS Santana, 1950's Tempo Nylon Acoustic, Taylor Acoustic, Peavey Bass), Microphones (Shure SM7B, Blue Bluebird)
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Quincy Jones, CLA, Bruce Swedien, George Martin, Max Martin, Guthrie Govan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Gavin Harrison, Marco Minneman, Greg Howe, Plini, Misha Mansoor, Eddie Offord, Yes, Rush, Steve Howe, etc.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Session Guitar, Songwriting, Mixing, and Recording.