Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My band's acoustic album 'After Hours' was recorded before we built this studio. I managed to record it, with minimal equipment, and do all of the mixing and mastering with a cheap pair of headphones. The product turned out waaaay better than we expected, and we have even had radio airplay. It may not be the best sounding album in the world, but the music was good, and the amount of work I had to put into it, to even make it possible, is worth being proud of.
What are you working on at the moment?
Finishing up my band Audiobox's singles Damn & Summer Days. Then moving onto our next full-length album.
In the mean time, I've been doing some writing myself for a possible solo-acoustic album, with no set release date.
I'm ready to take on some freelance work.
Analog or digital and why?
Both have their benefits. Today's world is going digital... to keep with the times, you have to keep up with the speed of production. It's just not cost-effective to run reel-to-reel anymore.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise I will work hard with them to get a product they are happy with, whether it's adding bass/guitar/vocals to their song, or recording their band for a single/album.
What do you like most about your job?
I love hearing new music and ideas. Music is an artform I can discuss for hours on end... and every new artist brings Something different to the table... I've listened to thousands of bands, in my lifetime, and I may not like all of them, but no matter what you write, SOMEONE in the world is going to enjoy it.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Mostly, how things work... and I try my hardest to explain it, in a way they'll understand.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's the ONLY thing I do. I'm also in a gigging band, have a life, have a family, and a job. I wish I could make recording music my only income, but I'm a realist, and i got bills to pay.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Are your songs ready to be recorded? This is not a practice space, this is where you finalize songs.
Do all of your band members know their parts? It's not fiscally responsible, as a band, to go into a studio unprepared. I have no problem charging you for your time, but from an ethical standpoint, I don't want to have to charge you to practice in my house.
What kind of bands influence you?
What type of a mix are you going for?
Do you want your tracks mastered, and why?
Are you willing to try something different, than what you had planned, given my experience, it may sound better?
Stuff like that...
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I'm not a major record label. Working with me is going to require some patience. I have a full time job, 3 kids, and a happy marriage. I may not be the fastest to work with, but what I do produce sounds good.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Schecter Stiletto Elite 4 bass, my Fender Bronco 40 Amp, my acoustic guitar, my laptop, and a generator.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've gigged in bands, in my region, actively, for over 10 years now. I've acquired a great deal of knowledge on gear/recording techniques/ and what sounds good. Starting my own studio was just the next step, and I managed to accomplish recording good music, on a budget.
How would you describe your style?
On bass guitar, If you take Flea and mixed him with Cliff Burton, and sprinkle what little bit of Victor Wooten I have been able to learn on top... It'd be something like that.
Guitar: I'm a metalhead, I'm not the best guitarist, but my Rhythm skills are impressive.
Acoustic: Whatever I can transpose to the acoustic, I do... anything from Britney Spears covers to Megadeth covers, along with my own original music.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
There's a multitude... I would have to say Slash. He may not be my favorite musician, but his solo album showed a great deal of diversity and skill, not to mention working with a ton of super talented artists who co-wrote songs with him.
Can you share one music production tip?
You can never over-record a single take.. and if there's a part if it you don't like, you can take it away.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, Blues, Metal.. and a lot of acoustic stuff.
What's your strongest skill?
Bass guitar, by far, but I have a great ear for mixing and the technical know-how to make it all work.
What do you bring to a song?
I'm a seasoned performer and studio musician. I bring logic, and what knowledge I have to the recording process.
What's your typical work process?
With full bands: Record the drums with the guitars canned in the headphone monitors, build the bass guitar on that, then guitars and any other instruments, get a good instrumental mix, and add vocals.
I believe in single tracking with multiple microphones to get a good full sound. Too much overdubbing gets sloppy IMO.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It's simple, but effective. I have a semi-dampened room with enough space for a full rock band. I run a USB 3.0 interface to my computer (A modified Dell Laptop), and use Windows based program: Adobe Audition on my DAW. It's not the most glorious studio in the world, but the results speak for themselves.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Victor Wooten, Twelve Foot Ninja, Alter Bridge (the duo of Myles Kennedy & Mark Tremonti), Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Porcupine Tree, My band mates,
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording, Mixing, Mastering, occasional session bass or vocals.