Analog or digital and why?
Digital mostly. It's more affordable, more convienient, and the difference is small nowadays. To really make the most out of expensive analog gear, one has to be a top engineer, and if i was, you probably wouldn't be checking my profile because my rates would be a lot higher ;)
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If you dont like it, you dont pay.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That everything can be fixed in the mix. For example: If you want to record your amps, but the sound you get out of it is not at least 70 % what you want to hear in the final mix, better send me DI tracks, I will reamp them and get better results for sure.
How would you describe your style?
Metal up your Ass \m/
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
All the producers and bands I mentioned below. Because i think they're amazing.
Can you share one music production tip?
If you're an engineer starting out: Stop blaming it on the gear ;)
If you're a recording artist:
- Be aware that not everything is fixable in the mix.
-Put new strings on your instruments.
-Tune your instruments.
-Play tight !!!!
-The listener will hear tuning and tightness problems more than this amazing delay on the lead guitar at 1:52 in the song.
What's your strongest skill?
Having a metal one man band project, playing all the instruments, I have a pretty good musical and sonic overview of the songs.
What do you bring to a song?
Make it come alive sonically, and also help with arrangement if the Artist needs that and wants me to.
What's your typical work process?
Talk to the Artist about what kind of sound they're looking for, figure out what sound the songs need, and then get to work and make it happen as good as possible.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Pretty much all in the box. Got an RME babyface, Adam A7 monitors, Cubase 8.5. Slate Everything Bundle. Steven Slate Drums 4, some Fabfilter plugins and the not so secret secret weapon : the Kemper Profiler!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make it any cheaper ?? The answer ist....yes! Mastering comes free if you want me to Mix and Master more than 3 songs ;)
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Did you change the Bass strings? :D
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Find the person who can get you as close as you want to the sound you're looking for with the money you have available.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Kemper, Slate Bundle, Slate Drums, Computer, Monitors.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I work in a Studio in Berlin, and now start doing it independently as well. I guess i've been recording for about 10 years now.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Metal and Rock mostly.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Guys like Colin Richardson, Andy Sneap, Nick Raskulinecz
Bands like Metallica, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Queen, Pink Floyd
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
-Recording Vocals, Guitars
- Programming Drums