What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are your goals for this production? Why are you doing music? What are some examples of how you are envisioning your product?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Every different person that offers you this type of service will have something different to bring to your music. I advise listening to the stuff I have done and if any of it makes you feel good things inside, hit me up so we can make your music do that too.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
That's stupid. :)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career path has always been in music. I was a music major in college. I interned at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle. I completed the audio production program at the Art Institute of Seattle. I have been writing, recording and playing music for the last 15 years.
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Kanye. I don't know.. Mostly curiosity. Haha.
Can you share one music production tip?
Practice before recording! There is no replacement for a real, genuine, and magic human performance of anything! That being said... I'll can still fix it. :)
What type of music do you usually work on?
I have worked with a lot of rock, singer-songwriter, and pop type of stuff. When doing the YouTube cover song tracks, I get to play around with all different styles.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is with vocal production. I love helping singers to sound better than they ever thought they could and to growing. I believe that anyone can improve drastically and quickly if given the right help and with the attention to the correct details.
What do you bring to a song?
I will always have a unique perspective on how to bring out beautiful parts of each song. I have a very "organic" style music background but I really love all the new production tools that are available for us to create music. I love finding ways to mix the electronic and organic elements together in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.
What's your typical work process?
My work process is always different depending on the project. When I am working with someone to build a track or complete a song, the first step is to align the vision of how the production should sound. Next, we will lay out a timeline and schedule to complete the steps needed to get there. And then the fun begins! :)
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have my own studio in the entire underground level of my home. I have been collecting gear and refining my workflow process for many years and so my setup is very catered to my work style. I have a large live room for tracking drums and live instruments. I do most of my overdubbing in the control room. I work primarily with ProTools. I am on a MacPro (6 core) and am using an RME UCX as my main interface which is linked to another RME 8 i/o rack mount for up to 16 channels of simultaneous recording. I have found that is all I really need for the projects that I do. I have a wide range of microphones and outboard gear for recording and mixing.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Everyone!!! I find inspiration in the craziest and most unlikely places. I am constantly dissecting everything that I hear. I will list a few of the better known musicians and producers though. Producers that I love and study are, Butch Vig, Max Martin, Rick Ruben, Mark Trombino, Aaron Sprinkle, just to name a few. In the EDM world I am always floored by the musical talent of Zed. I love also Bassnectar and Seven Lions. Vocally I love the work of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith to name a couple. I will stop myself now but I could go on about music all day. :)
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most often I do full instrumental and vocal production for the songs that I work on. This keeps me pretty busy most of the time but when I have the chance to work with other productions I will do just the vocal production for a track. I also love when I get the chance to record a vocal or guitar tracks for another song. Those are my 2 primary instruments but I can play most other instruments well enough to add parts into a song production. For live performance I have stuck with singer and guitar playing. I used to play the drums on stage when first playing in a band but I was demoted to lead singer and that kinda stuck. :)