Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
What type of music do you usually work on?
I love working with bands and I find myself working with a lot of artists/vocalist that come to me with ideas and then we write together. The style of music can range dramatically. I've been doing a lot of alt rock, americana and pop lately.
What's your strongest skill?
Being present and adaptive to every session. No artist/session is the same. I just try to know how and be able to do anything so I can meet any need quickly.
What's your typical work process?
First I spend time with the artist listening to music and finding out what they like about any song and how it relates to their vision. Then we grab a guitar or go to the piano and work on their song or write one together. I like to produce a demo first and really find the song. Then we start tracking for real once the song's structure and flow is established. Each project is different. Sometimes I bring in a session-band and we cut multiple songs, sometimes it's all overdubs, sometimes it's all in the computer. I'd like to think that I have a well rounded set of skills that allows me to adapt my process to the artist's/project's needs.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Of course I'm proud when I work with the big name artists, but I'm mostly proud of the productions that I'm currently pouring my musical-soul into
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a few Rock Records (artists and bands) a synth pop single, I just recorded a string quartet yesterday, producing music for a live kids choir, writing and producing for a few singer songwriters and mixing a few other singles for other producers.
Analog or digital and why?
BOTH. They're just tools like an artist uses different brushes or paints. As a Creative you need to know your tools and then choose which ones to use in an appropriate situation
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
What do you like most about your job?
I get to make music all day and hang out with cool people
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Does it sound okay? depends :-)
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's easy
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Musical References, Budget, Schedules, etc... We have a conversation :-)
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you think they're good, just meet them and see if it's a good fit personally.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1073's, Vari Mu, Pultec, SM7b, U67
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been playing, writing and recording music for over 20 years. I've put in my time gigging and touring as a bassist, I started recording professionally about 9 years ago and interspersed in there I've Tour Managed and mixed FOH for a few different major artists including Andy Grammer, Fifth Harmony and Dariush.
My main focus for a while has been producing, writing and recording in my studio.
How would you describe your style?
I'm super chill, we always have a good time. I just love good music. My roots are in the American/British music from the 60-70's highlighting Rock to Motown. I was born in the 80's, grunged in the 90's, fell in love with the bass/drums playing in Funk, Rnb and Neo Soul and now I don't really care about the style - i just wanna make great music that makes me feel something
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Any that has a drive and readiness to make things happen
Can you share one music production tip?
Move to a different part of the room where all the sound is coming together naturally, put your phone away, close your eyes.. LISTEN ;-)
What do you bring to a song?
In addition to recording, on a daily basis i'll bring anything from writing, arranging, playing multiple instruments, programming instruments, editing, mixing, etc...
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a great live room and separate control room. I practice a zero setup in which everything is setup and ready to go through an amazing chain within just a few TT patches. Please reference the gear and instrument list for a feel of what we have.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Rick Rubin, Andrew Scheps, Butch Vig, Dr. Luke
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Album/Single production/writing. I take my artists from beginning to end with whichever role that they need. If i can't do it excellently then we'll bring in a colleague who can, either way it's gonna end up great.