Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Any time I can help a young band bring their songs to life I'm excited. I love exceeding their expectations.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm actually working on my own EP. I'm excited!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
My buddy Bobby Bowlin at Fiddle Me This, who is an amazing fiddle, violin, and Cello player. He is also a graduate of the prestigious audio school The BlackBird Academy.
Analog or digital and why?
Both if you have it, but completely in the box (digital) because I believe technology has caught up to the real deal. There are tons of huge names in the mixing industry that have publically moved from analogue to in the box.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I try and under promise and over deliver!
What do you like most about your job?
That i get to work with music!!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make it sound like so and so? I'll do my best!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Not sure at the moment.. you got me;)
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
what direction you want your song to go in stylistically? Do you have any reference tracks in similar genres to show me examples of what you like? I ask anything I think would get us on the same page so we move smoothly through the partnership.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
spend some time getting your recordings sounding good before you pass it along to the mix engineer. We cant make bad recordings sound like a million dollars. Get it right at the source. Experiment with different mic positions on whatever you're recording and pick the best one. That way when it comes to the mixing phase, we are starting out on the right foot.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Mac, decent preamp, protools, mic, acoustic guitar
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Between being a recording/touring artist myself and a recording/mixing engineer, I have over 15 years experience making and releasing music to the world
How would you describe your style?
My style is what the song needs. I will make each mix clear and sonically acceptable to fit each genre I mix. If it's rock I will make it aggressive, if its singer songwriter I will make it chill, etc... etc...
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'll work with any artist who is as passionate and driven as me. Any artist who works hard and believes in themselves.
Can you share one music production tip?
Get it right at the source! Meaning, don't say "I'll fix it in the mix", if the recording sounds crappy, my hands are tied on trying to make a good mix out of it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on all kinds. I've honed my skills on all genres of music. I learned the fundamentals of recording and mixing that translate across all genres.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is to treat each project like it was my own. I am very passionate about music and I want it to sound the very best it can sound.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring emotion and feel. I bring passion for music and believe a song should take you on a journey. I let the song speak to me and tell me where it wants to take you.
What's your typical work process?
For mixing- I like to listen to the song 1st with my eyes closed from start to finish and pick out the most important elements I want to highlight. Typically around 3 elements to build the song around. Most of the time the vocal is the most important.
Then I will balance the mix with volume faders and pan knobs, then move to EQ and Compression. Then I will add effects and finishing touches.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a 2 room studio. One live room and 1 control room. I run on Protools 12 completely in the box. Technology has caught up to the real analogue gear and that excites me! This gives more musicians the opportunity to take matters into their own hands when it comes to their careers.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I like any musician who takes matters into their own hands. People who hustle and don't complain about where they are in their career, but understand you have to go get it!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do it all. Mixing, Recording, and Teaching