Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My first album mixed was an EP by the band 'After Death Alone' on which I also played bass and drums. I was involved in the creative process to a greater extent than I originally thought. I have now produced the second album of the band and it remains a source of great pride.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently producing an EP from a Brazilian band 'Nocturne'. The sound of the music which the client wants is a new and exciting challenge.
Analog or digital and why?
There is nothing wrong with producing in the box, especially that now we have very good emulations of analog consoles, channel strips and other gear. When it is available, however, it is best to work with as much hardware as possible.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My promise is that above all else, you are the heart of your creative process and I am only a tool who will work to ensure that your aspirations for your project are totally realised. This entails that I will constantly ask for feedback to make sure that your hard work is rewarded.
What do you like most about your job?
The ability to help people around the world release their music in the best quality possible.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I just turn things up until they sound good.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Are there any bands/albums' sound which you would like to emulate?
How long do you want me to spend working on your project?
On what medium do you intend your music to be played?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen carefully to the producer's work in a variety of genres. There's nothing wrong with an engineer who specialises but it is important that you work with someone who understands the specific needs of many musical styles.
Can you share one music production tip?
Ensure that you have the best mix at low volumes before turning it up and fine-tuning it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I typically work on rock and metal music, but I also have experience with pop and new wave electronic music.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring my interpretation of the energy of the song and the intentions of the artist.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work primarily with software occasionally complemented by a complete mixing desk.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Steven Wilson's and Steve Albini's work ethic is a breath of fresh air in the audio world. They maintain the philosophy that good sound is captured, not manipulated. They understand that dynamic energy is the key to a good song and therefore they are relentless in their work to ensure that the music is not squashed or compressed to rid it of its energy.
The best producers are also musicians.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I typically produce tracks/albums which have been sent to me online. I work on them and send them regularly back to the client for feedback and advice.