Analog or digital and why?
Both, because that's having your cake and eating it too.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How do you do that?
You don't want to know.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The purpose of mastering... well, the purpose of mixing too.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Love your song before it gets mixed. That way you will know if you also love the mix.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My brain just exploded.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I went to school for Recording Arts. I have been working at it for 15 years.
How would you describe your style?
Laid back, easy going.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Lee Ritenour because I can randomly pick any of his albums and, with good odds, really enjoy what I hear.
Can you share one music production tip?
Keep working at it. If you are always improving your craft then it should follow that your current project will not be your best, and that's a good thing. So make sure you finish, learn something, and keep working at it. The most successful songwriters also happen to be the most prolific as well.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly pop, rock, songwriter, and gospel.
What's your strongest skill?
I believe mixing is my strongest skill. Breaking down what is necessary for translatable emotion.
What do you bring to a song?
I think what anyone brings to a song, personal experience and my unique perspective on where things could go.
What's your typical work process?
I take a page from Rick Rubin when producing. I start with the song, is the song good enough? I stress to my clients that if the song is mediocre, the arrangement won't help any. Once we do have a song worth taking to the next steps, I get to know what the client really wants from the song and get their vision to reality. When mixing, I follow Bobby Owsinski's method outlined in the book Mixing Engineer's Handbook. I break down each song into its structural form and then emphasize the important parts. The art becomes deciding what get emphasized and what takes more of a secondary role.
Tell us about your studio setup.
An overdub/mix studio with two api 512c's, two SSL 611 Eq's, one slate dragon, one SSL XLogic G Series Compressor, and an Apogee Symphony.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
There are several producers and engineers that I can think of, including Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Chris Lord-Alge, Warren Huart, but when it comes down to it, inspiration can come from anyone and hardly ever comes from any place predictably.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
We mostly provide music production work, building arrangements to bring songs to life. The process starts from a single instrument and a scratch vocal and is taken to the mixed and mastered copy the client envisioned.