Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I did all of the skits on the most recent Alicia Keys record.
I got the call for the gig at 7PM on a Monday and had all of them done in time for the Mastering session the next day at 12 Noon. They needed the live recordings that they had recreated so that they could have the rights to all of the voices.
So yeah, I'm on that record and that's pretty cool!
What are you working on at the moment?
Children's music- Alphabet Song learning materials for classrooms.
Film- Foley, Sound Design, Dialog Edit, and Premix for William Dickerson's next movie, "No Alternative"
My Music- My record drops soon and it's music video production time!
Production- I'm producing Dance Hall with Jai Raphael, in PreProduction of a record with the original guitarist from Bon Jovi, Bruce Foster.
Commercials- I have a few demos out right now for major brands.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Lance Powell is great.
Analog or digital and why?
It used to matter when I first started, but now I know too many high-level professionals working entirely in the box to think that it still does.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise my clients to be considerate. To them and to their music.
What do you like most about your job?
There's this concept called the flow state. Athletes and creative people experience it when they're super focussed on what they do. I get to experience being in a flow state a lot in my job, and I find that to be incredibly gratifying.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Me-Yes, I can do that.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Haven't the slightest, too busy to think about what other people think.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Each client is different. I want to get on the phone with an artist or meet them in person before working on their material.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Most people will do a sample for you. Get samples. Pick the person who makes you sound best, not the person with the best credits.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A raft, a lot of water, sunscreen, a compass, and oars.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
In 2001 Jason Flom signed my band, Little T and One Track Mike to LAVA records. We released a single entitled, "Shaniqua" and it reached #5 on MTV's TRL with Carson Daly. We toured extensively for four years, opening for Outkast, LL Cool J, Ben Kweller, My Morning Jacket, and others. In 2004 LAVA dissolved and dropped the band. I moved to Bangor Maine where I ran a music studio downtown and started a children's music group called the Flannery Brothers. We won a lot of awards, so in 2010, I moved back to NYC and my brother and I started Jumping Giant creating sound for children's media. Now I've moved out of my studio in the city and am eager to work on more creative projects!
How would you describe your style?
Jeans and black tee shirts. Less to think about.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to do a movie soundtrack with the RZA. mostly so we could play chess.
Can you share one music production tip?
It's not about the gear.
What type of music do you usually work on?
My career has been incredibly wide-ranging. I've recorded NASCAR ring tones, composed music for commercials and am about to release my first solo record on Rhyme and Reason Records.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
I try to always understand the essence of what makes an artist special and individual. Then I work to highlight it, and to make them sound more like themselves.
What's your typical work process?
Tell us about your studio setup.
UAD Apollo Converters
Large Eurorack Modular Synth for effects processing
Waves sponsored artist
UAD Bundle Plugins
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My friends and peers. The people who live and breathe audio every day who you've never heard of. The professionals who do it for the love of music.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I run a company called Jumping Giant that does audio for children's media (http://www.jumpinggiant.com), I'm on this site to do more artistic work. I am an ace at vocal tuning, tightening up sessions, and my mixes are on point.