Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
This project I just finished writing, recording, and mixing for my band. Unfortunately we are not ready to release it yet.
What are you working on at the moment?
Just my bands full album that we are shopping to labels. Also almost done recording and mixing a friends full album.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'm very good with the date i am required to give the music back to them.
What do you like most about your job?
I can sit all day mixing something it really doesn't bother me and i can do it at the comfort of my home.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much do you charge. It depends on the project.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I cant make a song sound perfect if there is extensive user error in the recorded tracks.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are they planning on doing with their mixed music.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do not spend over or under budget. Know how much money you need to have and work towards that goal.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Considering there is no electricity on the island, acoustic guitar, acoustic drum set, acoustic Bass, Semi-hollow guitar, and I could probably make an acoustic amplification device.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I am doing this to fund my band, Have been a musician for ten years, writing, recording and mixing extensively for the past three years.
How would you describe your style?
My Band's name is Back From Nothing, If you look us up on youtube you should find a recent video of "Lone Wolves" That's an older song but is a pretty good representation of our style.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'm not looking to work with anyone who is already very well established at the moment i want to get some solid groundwork experience wise first.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't ever spend money on a recording session without having the songs written and ready to be played in its entirety.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Alternative Rock, underground music, Punk Rock, Indie Rock
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill would probably have to be not skipping over known mistakes in the recordings. If something sounds off in the mix I will try my best to fix it and try and tell the client about it.
What do you bring to a song?
I want to get to know the clients taste in music and what they are going for. It's most important to me that the client knows what I can and cannot do to a song. If I don't know their musical influences i will listen to those influences to get a better understanding of how their music was mixed so I can apply that knowledge to the client's mix.
What's your typical work process?
I would generally like to get to know my clients personal taste in music and what kind of influences there music has. Then I would like to know exactly how they recorded each instrument. After that I would have them send over the tracks and I would begin mixing them by first gain staging, followed by mixing the drums, followed by Bass, then guitars, then vocals and anything else such as tambourines, shakers, piano, etc. After which I would export stems at highest quality and then take those stems put them into a new project and tweak them a bit as a stereo mix. Then when finished send the client the mixed song as well as each instrument bus. I can master if necessary but my expertise is in mixing. Also this would be the point i would require to be compensated on the previously agreed price.
Tell us about your studio setup.
(Besides the recording setup that I have
- software, Studio One version 3.0
- interface, Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL (playback 24Bit/96 Hz)
-Speakers, KRK Rockit 5's
- Headphones, Sennheiser HD 598
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
From a musical standpoint, being a guitarist myself, JimI Hendrix and Led Zeppelin inspired me to play. However, recent bands such as The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, and Brand New inspired me to write, record, and mix.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I have produced, recorded and mixed three full albums. I would like to do standard mixes for people producing any type of rock, alternative rock, or indie rock music.