What are you working on at the moment?
I'm in the process of writing and recording a new EP with my band Sutro.
Analog or digital and why?
Whatever works best for the job, however, I mostly work in the digital domain as I find it to be fast and powerful.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I’ll uncover your gem. It's my goal to deliver my best work yet, every time.
What do you like most about your job?
Getting lost in the music and taking you with me.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What direction do you have in mind? What is the end goal for the mix? Club? Radio?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you're looking for something specific, please make sure you have listened to my production and it fits your sound aesthetic. If you're not sure what you want, be prepared to take a leap of faith and come on the journey with me.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I got into remixing in the nineties in San Francisco where I finely tuned my chops at 3rd Floor Productions now Moulton Studios. I had the privilege of working with some of dance and pop music's finest and had several top 10 Billboard dance hits. My vocal style is a result of many years of working as a producer and knowing exactly what is needed to get the job done.
How would you describe your style?
Deep, lush, groove based, sultry vocals
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to remix Little Dragon. Yukimi’s vocals have a beautiful velvety texture that I could work magic with.
Can you share one music production tip?
Get your sounds dialed right from the start so you can mix the track as you go.
What type of music do you usually work on?
House, indie dance, electronic, nu disco, down tempo
What's your strongest skill?
Remixes and vocal production
What do you bring to a song?
I look for the song within the song and bring all it’s best elements forward.
What's your typical work process?
For remixes, I start by listening to the original song and form an idea of the direction I want to go. I always start with the kick, build the drums and start placing the vocals. I then start to layer in chords and soundscapes and finally crashes and breaks. Original production is very much the same, only, I don't always have the vocals to work with right away.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My primary gear is DP9 (yes - really), NI Komplete, and a host of plug-ins. I also have some older outboard gear like Vintage Keys, Morpheus, JP808, microKORG, etc that I dip into occasionally. I’ve been using the Mackie HR824s as studio monitors for years and my ears are finely tuned to them.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
FKA Twigs is AMAZING! Both vocals and production. Disclosure is doing some of the best house production…hands down. Other artists that I'm loving right now include James Blake, Washed Out, RAC, Little Dragon, Phantogram, and I can't get enough of the collaboration between Raving George and Oscar & the Wolf doing, "You're Mine".
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The bulk of my work and what I’m known best for is remixing. As a vocalist myself, I really enjoy working with the vocals of a song and finding a new interpretation of the original. I may chop them up or keep them intact or more often, a little of both. Sometimes it’s just a matter of bumping’ up the beat and sometimes a whole new chord structure is developed. I always let the song lead me to the direction I'll take.