Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The first stage play I performed in for 2016. Not only did I help provide good audio quality for the play, everything was live! What a challenge, and I stepped up and performed.
What are you working on at the moment?
Video editing for a photographer, recapping the Arts, Beats, and Eats festival in Michigan 2016.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Cost efficient, for very similar, almost exact quality, and way easier to maintain.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You will want to return for my services.
What do you like most about your job?
I deal with audio 24/7. Not flipping burgers, unloading or shipping merchandise for a department store, and I'm in a good mood.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How should I fix my track?/Can you fix my mix as well? If you hire me as your mixer, then yes, but I can't improve the quality of the stems, I just bring out the best in them.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That you can take a bad mix, and make a great master.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What equipment did you use to create/record your tracks? What are your goals after receiving my services?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Trust that my future success is built around how well I get the job done. Build a relationship by consistently returning to the same engineer.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A satellite, a solar panel, the M-Audio Venom, A Mac Pro, and a waterproof Isolation booth.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started making beats when I was 13. I started familiarizing myself with DAWs when I entered college in 2005.
How would you describe your style?
Unique, can nail the basics, at the same time, stands out with its melodic foundation.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Beyonce. She enhances the track with her ability to perform with a high level of emotion.
Can you share one music production tip?
Understand the frequencies in which an instrument lives within. That tells you how to fit it into a track.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Experimental Soul, Hip Hop, Rock, EDM, World Music.
What's your strongest skill?
Producing a finished product that plays well in all speakers.
What do you bring to a song?
Smooth highs, Crisp mids, Clean lows. If I'm asked to do something other than that, I'm efficient at catering to request.
What's your typical work process?
Hop on the computer, open up a DAW, load up a track, conduct analytical listening and take notes, make a list of adjustments that need to be made, then perform adjustments for the track. Could go as long as 3 hours for one session.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Interface is the M-Audio Venom, Mac Mini running Yosemite OS X, Roland Studio monitor (mono), Shure SRH440 Headphones, along with a pair of Sennheiser Headphones, 32inch APEX television as a monitor, Avid Pro Tools 12, Logic Pro X.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Most Big Label Sampling Producers, Lyricist, Poets, Drummers, Synth Keyboard Players.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing, adjusting Eq's, Panning, Automation, Compression, Reverb, Echo, Side Chaining, FX Sends, then Mastering.