Besides being a freelance engineer I'm also a percussionist, I dabble on the guitar, and I like to compose. I also live with Alexis and our three dogs, cat, and fish. I've worked in studios from New York to Louisiana and I love working on music that inspires me. Listen to some of the songs I've worked on to see if you think we'd be a good fit.
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Interview with John Michael Caldwell
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music. Tracking and Mixing mainly. I'm also available to compose if that's an interest.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Who doesn't? But mainly, Dave Fridmann, Tchad Blake, and Kevin Augunas to name a few engineers. Musician wise I'd have to say, right now, Mercury Rev, a lot of musical scores especially by Michael Giacchino, and always a fan of Zach Gill.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like getting to know the band and then picking a workflow that's best for them. It depends a lot on the genre, style of playing, and musicianship.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I guess I prefer analog because I'm always looking for something that changes the way something sounds. Contrary to popular belief, tape is not the truest representation of a sound. If you want something clean, go digital.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overproduce.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm working on a hybrid setup right now. Sometimes I'll track some mixes to tape if it's a project that seems like it would benefit from it.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't just pick someone who has some songs you like when you hear them. Pick to work with someone who's personality understands your own.