Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The A Silence Within EP I recorded last year. I produced, engineered, mixed and mastered it. It came out sounding better than I could've imagined. And they were stoked on it too, which is always a good thing.
What are you working on at the moment?
A solo project EP. Working on mixing at the moment.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Both have their use. It depends on the sound I'm going for.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll make sure they are 100% happy with the end product.
What do you like most about your job?
Meeting new people and making new friends.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
"What are your prices?" and I always say "It depends on your project."
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The amount of time things take. I've found out many artists think a song can be tracked, mixed and mastered in a few hours.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
• What do you know about the recording process?
• What style music?
• Who are your influences?
• How many members?
o How many guitar players? Lead and Rhythm?
o How many vocalists? Male/Female? Sing/Scream?
• What’s the drummer’s set up?
• Who is the main songwriter?
• What tuning?
• What have you done before?
• What are your expectations?
• How many songs do you want to record?
• How many songs do you have written?
• Do you need/want writing help?
• Do you want additional production? Synths, orchestra, bass drops, percussion, vocal harmonies?
• Are you open to arrangement changes?
• Live tracking/Overdubbing?
• Raw or polished?
• What are some of your favorite sounding albums?
• Are you okay with drum sample replacement (if needed)?
• Real amps/FX processors/amp sims
• Are you okay with one guitarist tracking all rhythms?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Practice! Be as prepared as possible if you're about to go into the studio.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Schecter 7 String, a laptop, my interface, headphones and my POD HD Pro X.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Went to college and got a bachelor's degree in Music Technology. Been taking recording seriously for about 3 years now.
How would you describe your style?
More on the raw side. I don't like over processing or over editing, but I really like a clean, professional sound.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Between the Buried and Me. The level of musicianship is incredible.
Can you share one music production tip?
Learn to do things multiple ways. Don't rely on one technique for things.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Metal and Hard Rock. But I've also done singer/songwriter stuff and hip-hop.
What's your strongest skill?
I feel like my strongest skill is mixing great sounding drums.
What do you bring to a song?
I like building a relationship with my clients and almost become a temporary member of the band. I like discussing ideas on how to make the song better, whether it's adding something or taking something away. I like finding ways to take a song to the next level.
What's your typical work process?
Pre Production is very important. I like to have some sort of recording of the song before hand to familiarize myself with it and create tempo maps. From there I record drums, then guitars, then bass, then vocals, then any keys or synths or post production. Then I mix and master.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Currently a small bedroom studio. Pro Tools 12. 16 inputs (Enough for live drums). 5 electric guitars, an acoustic and a classical. Peavey Half Stack, Line 6 POD HD Pro X, 2 Keyboards. Plenty of gear to get creative with.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Adam D, Andy Wallace, Joey Sturgis, Matt Goldman, CLA, David Bendeth.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording, Editing, Mixing and Mastering.