What are you working on at the moment?
Finishing up an awesome EP by Run With It. Getting ready to start on a pop country record by Roman Alexander.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog front end for tracking. Digital for editing and recall. Best of both worlds.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I won't be done until you're happy.
What do you like most about your job?
Finding new creative ways to express songs. Every song has to have its THING.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Why should I pay you more than someone else?
Spend once, and spend smart. There are lots of people that can hit record. Not all of them can do it RIGHT.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Not just a knob jockey. Its about the song. Thats it.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What kind of music are you into? Favorite records? Favorite sounds? What's the goal of this project? How can I best serve your vision, but still bring what I do to the table?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Find someone who gets what you want to do, and asks the right questions. It saves everyone so much time, and lets you hire the right person.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Assuming there's electricity, and the DAW is covered?
U67, Wizard Guitar Amp, Undertone Audio Pre, Gibson 335, Fender P Bass.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I quit high school at age 17 because my band got signed. Label folded, did the independent band thing for a bit. That turned into 10 years as a touring bass player. That started to transition into producing and engineering which I've been focused on the last 8 years.
How would you describe your style?
Clean, polished, and big. I think in Drums and Vocals first, but I love a good rock and roll guitar tone!
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd LOVE to work with the Counting Crows. Favorite band of all time.
Can you share one music production tip?
Close your eyes. Listen with your heart. The parts will come.
Oh and make sure you get great vocal takes. Always save the first run through.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Everything. No session too avant garde!
What's your strongest skill?
Communication. If we are both on the same page, then we're gonna be headed towards a great product.
What do you bring to a song?
Musicality. Im always approaching a song from the fan's perspective. What I would want to hear if being introduced to this artist for the first time.
What's your typical work process?
It starts with a demo, building the rhythm section, keys and programming, then laying guitars and vocals.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a medium sized production room in the heart of Nashville's music row, filled with guitars, basses, and lots of outboard and pro audio gear. I can cut everything but live drums (but theres plenty of awesome studios in town to do that!)
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My favorite producers are John Fields, Dann Huff, Marshall Altman, and T Bone Burnett.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Generally, people hire me to make their songs better.
Whether thats in the writing phase, or trusting me to engineer and produce all the right parts and tracks my clients always are happier with the final result than they could have ever dreamed.