Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Darkyra Black albums Dragon Tears and Fool. Symphonic female metal with a difference. I played drums and produced and both records have had critical acclaim around the globe. These are amazing albums with a real string section and multiple instrumentation. Just an amazing time from start to finish
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on the first A.G.D country rock record based out of California
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Fab Jablonski, keyboards and piano
Analog or digital and why?
Both, why not !
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
We will make something special, something great and we welcome you to our music family
What do you like most about your job?
I get to live the dream, doing music everyday, its that simple but its been a lot of hard work.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1 - do you have a website
2 - do you have a budget
3 - can we arrange a phone call
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Talk it out, there still is nothing better than a good chat over what we love to do. Be sure of what you are looking for, make sure the person you hire is not just doing it for the money, there has to be passion.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been doing this a long long time !!!!
How would you describe your style?
Versatile but some have said very British !
Can you share one music production tip?
Listen to a mix at low volume, you will be amazed at what you can pic out when its down low and not belting out full volume.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on almost anything, I love all styles of music and its always great to hear what people want to do and their ideas
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
As a drummer I play for the song, too many people these days think that its all about flash and speed. I play for the song and always look at that song being on radio and a hit. As a mix engineer I want the client to be right there in the driving seat even if its done via the net its their needs and vision that comes first, I'm just there to help with that vison.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My set up is simple, I do everything in the box with Waves. I run two interfaces that give me up to 16 inputs for recording drums so I can have plenty of room mics which I think really bring a track to life. I use KRK monitors and subs which I have had now for a number of years and work well for me. I have a very large drum room approx. 40 by 20 ft. which can be tailored right down for a tighter sound. I have a number of different kits and cymbal set ups so anything is possible when it comes to sound. Recording and mixing software I use and endorse Samplitude Pro X2, and I used Grace design Mic pre amps along with a host of different microphones from AKG, Shure and CAD
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm a huge guitar fan and love Jeff beck, total inspiration and I was so lucky to spend some time recording with him in his own studio. Drummers that I look up to are for example Geoff Dugmore from the UK, always working, always busy and a super nice guy to boot
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Drum tracks in many styles for international artists as well as TV and Film. Editing tracks that other artists have sent to me takes up a lot of my time but I enjoy this.