Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Working with Kenny Reid from Baltimore Md. We recorded 6 songs in 4 hours. He knew his songs inside and out, the performance was on point making things very easy in post.
What are you working on at the moment?
a fusion jazz, electronic combo. It sounds strange but is very cool
Analog or digital and why?
digital for now. At this early stage in my career it doesn't make much sense to spend thousands on classic analog gear. You need to master the essentials first.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Do not pay until you are 100% happy with the final product
What do you like most about your job?
Hearing all types of different music and helping to play a small part in the legacy that people are leaving behind.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
There is too much bass in my mix. Can you fix that? Yes I can
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it isn't that hard and not worth the money to have a professional work on it. Most home studios aren't properly treated for mix.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
How long do I have to mix the song/songs?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
let me send a sample of their mixed song back to them to decide if they want to work with me.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
a solar generator, my laptop, Apollo twin, headphones, and a personal hotspot
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been mixing, recording, and doing live sound for about two and a half years. I would love to be working with music full time but being relatively new to the business my name isn't big enough. I have been saving my money and buying gear and I am planning on starting a studio in the fall of 2017
How would you describe your style?
its very organic
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Fugazi. The intensity in their music gets off. Who wouldn't want to work with a legend?
Can you share one music production tip?
Know your songs.
What type of music do you usually work on?
It used to be mostly punk/alternative type music but lately I have been working on everything from R&B to jazz
What's your strongest skill?
Listening. I'll listen to past works of a client and then the song they would like me to work on to capture the feeling of it.
What do you bring to a song?
As generic as it may be I approach each song with a fresh set of ears. I pull all the faders down, set a rough mix, and then the song will just inspire me. Automate the pan here, throw some reverb on this. It is a very organic process.
What's your typical work process?
Import the audio files, pull the faders down, get a rough mix, and let the song show me the direction.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a mixing room set up in my house. Its comfortable and well treated
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Mike Sapone. I was listening to a Daytrader album and was just amazed by the album sonically. I had to know who worked on this album, so I looked it up on AllMusic and then learned that he has played a major role with some of my favorite bands (Brand New and Taking Back Sunday). And Steve Albini. Not only am I a fan of the records that he has worked on I like his outlook on the recording/producing process of a record. Its your music and should be played the way you want it.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly mix and do live sound