If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
This is great. I would bring my
Orange Rockerverb MKIII
assuming that they have a solid power source on the island, and a treated studio. I dig
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Ive played in bands for 11 years now. My current band Hell or Highwater is releasing our 3rd record in March 2017 on Spinefarm Records. Ive also worked on the road with bands Good Charlotte, Thrice, Dredg, Saosin, Atreyu and more. Ive done everything from sell merch, tour manage and guitar tech to produce, record and play guitar. I take pride in having my entire studio mobile and travel with me wherever i go. I look forward to maijng records in dressing rooms across the globe.
How would you describe your style?
Moody and vibey. Anything major to minor with a great voice over it has got me all in.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The neighbourhood would be an awesome band to produce. Amazing grooves switching from analog drums to digital all over the place. Blending guitars and reverbs to sound hip hop at times. Harmonies guiding the mood of each track. Its a style thats right up my alley.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Ive done Rock, Pop, Country, Hip Hop, Rap, Metal, Singer Songwriter, you name it. Ill work with anyone who has legitimate talent. Im blown away at people shaping new genres and opening my mind to things i never knew i liked every day.
What's your strongest skill?
Most of my work has been in mastering and vocal production. I believe producing an entire concept is where I'm most at home, but i truly enjoy touching a project in any way i can.
What do you bring to a song?
Im a singer and a songwriter by trade, so my focus is always on melody. Producing music to best compliment what the right melody is gonna be. Slammed with harmonies and built from there.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I primarily record, mix, master through pro tools 12. Im an in the box producer but as far as gear goes I use a focusrite saffire pro 40 interface with a presonus channel strip eq/comp. A slew of plugins across the board. The studio is a detached unit from my house on a 4 acre plot surrounded by a 200 acre nature preserve. about 15 minutes from the beach but completely sepperate from the world.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
The two engineers who taught me both worked on records nominated for grammy's this year. Matt Pauling(Blink 182, Good Charlotte...) and Tanner Sparks(Switchfoot, Weezer...) are my mentors and the two guys who inspire me to be a better writer, producer and mixing engineer everyday. Total guru's. Im a huge fan both professionally and personally of Fred Archembalt(Avenged 7x, Atreyu, Hell or Highwater...) who pretty much got me into the recording side of this world. He's amazing at bringing the artists vision to a reality. Truly speaks both languages.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mastering finished mixed records. If not finishing records for people, starting them is where I love to live. Taking your songs, and giving them an outside perspective while maintaining your end goal for the concept.