Hi! My name is Russell and I have a deep passion for vocal editing. My work has been heard by millions of listeners, and my experience has given me an understanding of how crucial a tight, natural vocal is for music to connect with the listener. Let's make your song the best it can be!
What do you want your listeners to feel? What riff needs to carry the message of the music at each given moment? What note does the vocal need to hit to bring out the emotion you envision? These notes are deeply important to me and drive my process.
From vocal tuning to editing to mixing, my goal is to take years of music production and mixing experience and apply that to your project. I have mixed, tuned and produced vocals heard by millions of listeners (worldwide acts such as Hillsong, Elevation Worship, and Bethel Music) through multiple genres and artists, from live performances to studio projects.
What Do I Enjoy Most in the Production Process?
- Vocal Tuning: Melodyne tuning is my bread and butter. I am passionate about a voice sounding exactly how it need to sound for your song to thrive.
- Instrument timing/quantizing: As a drummer producer, I know how crucial it is for a song's vibe to have tight rhythm (even if that timing needs to be loose!)
- Making music! I am a producer and create music on my own, as well as in multiple bands. This sensitivity to the creative process is where I draw passion for the meticulous editing process.
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Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm going to give your music my full attention. While this sounds canned, I can't tell you the number of musical hires where I ultimately felt like they treated my project like "just the next project." It's important to me that you know I am nearly as invested in your vision as you are (your investment can't be beat, of course!) when I'm working on it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. What kind of energy do you want listeners to feel when they hear your song? 2. Share the 3 most important sounds, instruments, or musical ideas in your song. 3. On a scale of 10, with 1 being "completely natural" and 10 being "tightly tuned", how do you want your vocal tuning to sound?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been making music for over 12 years, mixing music for 8, and tuning for 6. Over the last few years I have been in charge of engineering, mixing, and vocal tuning MultiTracks Session performances, which have garnered over 2 million total views. (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPy5MdQW2GgjAvmF-mRbscogkXVg-WSH1) I have pushed further into the professional space and sought ways to offer my more focused skills for other aspiring music makers.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jon Bellion's approach to amazingly hooky percussion and sparse-but-compelling music is something I would love to learn from.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One incredible sound brings so much more value to a song than a stack of mediocre sounds! The human ear wants to find that piece of music to focus on. If there are too many elements in a song, the human ear won't be able to find something to notice and get bored.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Historically I have worked most on full band rock + pop music, specifically in the Christian music space. That music style is really versatile and has led me to work outside of that industry on more pop-oriented music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Details! I'm extremely detail oriented, which is why over my musical life I have become more and more passionate about the editing and mixing phases. They require excruciating attention to detail - no misplayed note or bad frequency will get past me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: For vocal tuning, I bring incredible focus on the performance. It's important that the emotion and character of a vocal is not harmed by any pitch or timing looseness. For mixing - it's important to me the every section brings focus to something else. A balanced mix is good and keeps the song clean and clear, but I like to take it a step further and make sure the right part is brought into focus at the right time, throughout the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Step 1: I first spend some good time acclimating to the overall song. After scanning through delivered notes from the client, I will import all delivered stems into Pro Tools and simply press play. What is the sound they are going for? What production has been delivered? Step 2: Editing takes time but is crucial before the actual mix is built. This involves, building groups, organizing instrumentation by dynamics, song arrangement, instrument groups, etc. so that when mixing it becomes easy to find my way through the session. Step 3: The Mixing. I begin chipping away through the song and follow my ears. First I balance the vocals, and then mix everything to them. I may start with the first chorus or the beginning of the song, depending on the style and arrangement. Final Step 4: Mix Evaluation. It's important to take breaks to prevent ear fatigue. Once it feels like it's in the right place, I'll take breaks and then re-approach it in different places. Car speakers, phone, high-quality headphones vs. apple headphones. Step 5: Delivery and tweaks!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a well-tuned small room for producing and mixing. I use Yamaha HS8 reference monitors for playback. Instruments | C&C Drumkit, Juno-60 keyboard, MicroKorg XL, Harmonium, Fender Jazzmaster guitar
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Production Inspirations | Ian Kirkpatrick, Jon Bellion, Coldplay Mixing Inspirations | Music by MuteMath, Fickle Friends, Andrew Belle
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically deliver most common on the editing tasks that are sometimes overlooked or rushed in the creative process (vocal tuning/comping). These are crucial for the overall delivery of a song, but can not receive the time they deserve.