What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I'm working on re-orchestrating the soundtrack to the Batman VS. Superman move.
Analog or digital and why?
I use a solid 50/50 mix. Its always nice to be able to put your hands on a knob and have that much more control but there's a world of possibilities when it comes to digital equipment as well.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My 'promise' is to give every track my all. As if I wrote every note and it's my own, no matter what the genre.
What do you like most about your job?
I love being able to fix problems. to fine tune a piece of music and add an input to music has always been a great joy to me.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's something that can be done and turned in in an instant. Picture a huge clock and theres a cog thats not working quite right so you have to take the whole thing apart and find the issue and fine tune it. With mixing and mastering its the same process. The music is the clock, the stem mixes are the pieces, and the good provider is the repair man.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Always look for people who care about the music. At the end of the day were all working for the art of it. sure we have to make money to keep it going. But that should not be everything, quality is always better than quantity.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A Good pair of headphones, Keyboard with midi control, Active speakers, Surface controller, Mac fully loaded with DAW.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I will to open up a full production studio. I've been on this path for 8 years now and am getting closer everyday.
How would you describe your style?
My style is best described as ever changing. one day I'm into classical music and am reserved, the next day i could be into underground cypher and completely extroverted. It's ever evolving but I'm always ready to engage in a good talk about music.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with any artist that is true to their art. Whether your in it for the passion or just for the money if you have a talent and a gift to bring I'd love to work with you. As long as you understand that it's hard work that gets you to your end goal.
Can you share one music production tip?
Always trust your weakest speakers. If it sounds Beautiful coming out of your 10$ Walmart speakers than it can only go up.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on singer/song writer project and small combo projects for pop songs/instrumentals.
What's your strongest skill?
Not knowing when to quit and knowing to ask for help. If there's something that needs to be done and I don't know how to do it I have no problem asking my teacher or figuring it out. I never give up on a problem and know there's always a solution.
What do you bring to a song?
to a song I bring a new outlook. Burnout is something that many engineers face especially when listening to a song many times to refine it, I've learned how to always pick a new aspect to refine until the overall is perfect avoiding the "get it out of here" issue faced by others. I also bring care. Every project is my own. If it's being sent out of my studio it is nothing but the best work and effort that I can give.
What's your typical work process?
My typical work process isn't that much different than a standard listener. You take the mixes and for you listen for the most basic element, if a song how do the instrumentals sound without the voice? if a band, orchestra, or chamber arrangement how does the bass sound as it carries the rest of the parts. It's all about finding the overall form of the music and refining the key elements so that the listener doesn't have to worry about why something sounds "off"
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Mike Shinoda would have to be my most inspiring recording artist. The way that he mixes genres and creates new art has always been fascinating to me all meanwhile helping new artists to fame as well./
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common service that I'm requested for would be offsite mixing and mastering.