Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I have and still am working with 2 great projects. One is "Worshipmob ". I love the hearts involved and the purpose of the band and its mission. I am the recording, mixing and mastering engineer as well as production work and guitar filler.
Two is "Sun Valley Drive". I have worked with Jeff Cummings, founder, vocalist and songwriter for over 10 years. My role is also song writer, recording engineer, producer, guitarist, bassist, sax and trumpet, piano player and backup vocalist. It brings me to a place that I can write and get my creative juices flowing while still tickling Jeffs ears and getting paid for it.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working with multiple solo artists who hire me to go further than just their acoustic sound. I bring in session drummers, I play the other instruments and make them sound like they have a "band". I also work with a band that constantly puts out songs about once a month on YouTube and have 85,000 subscribers, called "WorshipMob". I have been working with them since late 2014. They are now hitting 15 million views with all their songs loaded.
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Analog or digital and why?
We have analog preamps and mixing board, but most production has been in digital. It's easy, less space, still sounds great but i have nothing wrong with analog. Just in the new age:)
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To be open to every decision and detail in the project and to be honest with my work. I want you happy with your product.
What do you like most about your job?
I love everything about my job! But I love hearing the final product. It all comes together and sounds amazing!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
"So you record everything at once or seperately?" Either way you want your sound to be like. More live or more studio pro. With it live we can track everything in separate rooms and give it a good few takes and get the best of those takes. Maybe do a few punch ins for specific players, or just focus on each instrument for precise sound.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I do play music but I don't necessarily like to play live. I'm a studio musician.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What style you are going for, favorite artists you listen to, what's the deadline, when do you want to start!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure he or she is willing to work with you. That they keep in contact with you and are willing to listen to you and your passions. This is after all a piece of you and your journey/s.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Acoustic guitar, guitar case, tuner, pick, strings. Should be good without electricity for awhile ;)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career had been to be in a band, but then turned around and started recording bands. I've been pursuing this career for 15 years.
How would you describe your style?
Clarity, up front , punchy and attention to detail. Such as pitch perfection and rythm tightness.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
One of my favorite artists I'd love to work with is the band called , " Issues". They have a unique blend of rock, heavy metal, singing , screaming, digital emphasis and great melodies. It's got a lot of power.
Can you share one music production tip?
Every instrument has its own sound/frequency for placement in a mix. Make sure to give everything it's own space. Just make sure to have the right glue to put it all together ;)
What type of music do you usually work on?
Ones that involve drums, guitars, bass, piano, vocalists, and other instruments ;)
What's your strongest skill?
A good listener and fun to work with. Leaving the pride at the door brings every other detail inside the creative room. When we can all agree on things, then we all are happy with everything else. I love it when my clients leave happy. They are most likely to return and give me a good word to other musicians.
What do you bring to a song?
I try to bring out the best of the artist. A well balanced mix, punch, energy, and sometimes extra production or musicalities to fill in the gaps.
What's your typical work process?
Knowing the band , what their favorite artists are and what they are aiming for. We can either start with drums first or last if they have drum loops or what have ya. Then bass, guitars, piano other instruments than vocals. I mix a little while I work so that the musicians feel comfortable knowing it's going in the right direction.
Tell us about your studio setup.
We have a large drum room, 6 separate vocal stations, an Isolation booth with 5 ready multi-functional mic setup for finding the right mic for you quickly, numerous amounts of microphones to test, differant amps, guitars and basses to choose from as well as preamps. We work with the latest ProTools.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
There are so many talented musicians and production specialists out there that inspire me. I'm always listening intently to musicianship and quality of product. It comes from all over the world and that is very inspiring to me!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I am commonly known for my recording/ mixing/ songwriting.