What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a new track with artist Elise Go. I just finished up another track with Amni Musfirah and it will be released in November or December.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital - because I can't afford analog. I would record vocals with analog but that's not a financial option right now.
What do you like most about your job?
That I get to be creative and learn and collaborate with creative people.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1. What are your goals for the project and how can I help fulfill these goals?
2. What music are you listening too?
3. What is your deadline?
4. What is your budget?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
I think the most important thing is to make sure your style of music matches the producer and you are both on the same page with the sound and music you want to create. Producers are here to fulfill a vision and it's your vision, so make sure that really happens.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
my fiddle, notation paper, pencils....none of my other gear would work on a desert island.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing violin when I was seven and I grew up playing in my family Bluegrass band. I went to Berklee College of Music and thought I was going to be a Bluegrass musician for the rest of my life, but then I took a class called "Groove Writing" and had to transcribe and program grooves once a week. I really loved the process and found my love of Funk and Pop. After that I pursued degree in Contemporary Writing and Production and found many opportunities to hone my craft as a producer and collaborator with other artists.
How would you describe your style?
I love to make people dance. That's what I love to hear in a song - the groove and if it makes me move.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Kimbra - her vocal arrangements are amazing and her sound color is so bright, energetic and groovy.
Can you share one music production tip?
Organization! The more busy you become with life and work - just make things easier and organize your DAW and sample libraries. It takes time to do, but you will no longer be spending hours of time on finding that one favorite kick drum sample you remember using 6 months ago on another session.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Funk, EDM and usually any genre that needs a string arrangement (because strings are awesome and can fit into any style).
What's your strongest skill?
Creating music that makes people move.
What do you bring to a song?
My unique background as a bluegrass fiddler player where the soul and the spirit of a song
What's your typical work process?
1. Communicating with the client about what their vision is with the product, what my role is in achieving this vision and establishing a deadline.
2. After the goals are set I map out my own plan and timeline and begin the creative process.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use Logic Pro X for any beat-making or sound writing and Pro tools for audio editing, mixing or recording.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dave Tozer, Miracle Skulls, Kimbra, Benjamin Wright (string arranger), Greg Kurstin.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
As a producer I am finding the sounds and effects in a DAW that create a beautiful and fully finished song. I also arrange for strings from string quartet to a full string orchestra in styles such as Pop, Christian Rock, Funk, Bluegrass and Classical.