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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Upon uploading, I'm sure we'll already have decided on terms that are suitable to both of us. I do allow up to two revisions on mixes, no matter what. After that, my hourly wage kicks in ($25/hr).

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Interview with John Michael Caldwell

What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Analog or digital and why?
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.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't overproduce.
What's your typical work process?
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.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Music. Tracking and Mixing mainly. I'm also available to compose if that's an interest.