What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I decided I wanted to go to school for music in some capacity early on in high school. I started playing guitar over 11 years ago and knew that I couldn't think about doing something else. I've been recording & mixing (as well as running live sound) really for the time I got to school at the U of M 4 years ago.
What's your strongest skill?
Physically, playing guitar is likely my best asset. However, one thing I pride myself on in a mental capacity is retaining composure in any situation.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I've got a Fender P-Bass & Tele, Gibson Les Paul Traditional, Martin acoustic gtr, a couple Fender amps & a MIDI keyboard running to my computer with a UAD Apollo Twin interface. For the two inputs on the Twin, I have a Millennia HV-35p and Warm Audio WA12 outboard pres. I have a small mic locker that consists of: AEA R92, Audio-Technica AT4047, Telefunken M80, Lewitt LCT340s, and the Shure SM57. I usually record in my friend's studio, the church I attend, or my apartment so my collection fits my needs well. I do all of my recording & mixing in Pro Tools 11 as that is the DAW I learned the most.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I enjoyed mixing front-of-house at the Levitt Shell in Memphis for the student-run This Is Memphis festival. The night had 4 acts and we had rehearsals for each act and sound crew. It was meant to be a fully professional, diagrammed, documented production. The crew I was working with were awesome - it was inspiring to have such a huge task executed so well by a team of friends & colleagues.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm recording elements for a song that a friend from home and I wrote back in August. I'm also finishing up mixing a couple tunes that the same friend and I recorded from the end of May.
Analog or digital and why?
I have only used digital recording medium and I can say I like it when it goes right. When it goes wrong though... I probably also prefer digital boards in a live setting, at least when involving multiple acts thanks to the recall/scene-store ability. I do like a nice cooking analog desk as well...
What do you like most about your job?
I love the potential for contribution in many different ways. If I'm involved in a project in any way, I will make the most of it and enjoy my role. I'm glad I have the potential to contribute in multiple significant ways.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How can we exchange files? I use either Dropbox or Google Drive, but with clients I've used wetransfer.com as well
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's the deadline? How do you plan on releasing the material? (in regards to recordings/mixing)
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Don't be afraid to articulate what you really, really want if I don't capture it the first time.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Is there a limit on budget?
How would you describe your style?
My style is smooth, crisp a lot of the time, but with an admiration for getting "raunchy." (with tones/arrangements)
What type of music do you usually work on?
Recently I've been involved in indie-rock, Southern rock, and singer-songwriter projects. I -love- the blues, however.
What do you bring to a song?
My specialty is offering creative input to arrangements or tracking instruments, whether I'm playing the instrument or somebody else is. I don't like to think that 'my' ideas are the ultimate - it is what the song calls for that is. It can be just simple placement that makes all the difference.
What's your typical work process?
I like to have rehearsals & pre-production going into recording, especially if it's a band project or if there's any multiple instrument-live performance involved. Demos help, too.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
On a large scale, I love Dr. John, Freddie King, The Band, Tom Petty, Phil Ramone, Al Schmitt, Pink Floyd, among others. However, I draw on inspiration from my friends/colleagues and local live shows that I go see.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recently I've been doing mostly guitar recording & performing and playing live with the band I play bass in. During the early part of the year, it was definitely live sound & mixing studio/live recordings.