Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
If anyone is looking for a remarkable audio engineer I would recommend none other than Brad Smalling at Evergroove Studio. He is the most professional, well-rounded sound engineer I have ever met. His knowledge of audio astounds me even more every time I see him, and his practice is even better. I would put my trust in him before anyone else in the audio community, whether it be for mixes, masters, or recording.
Analog or digital and why?
I have an appreciation for both, but I tend to lean a lot more towards digital for what I do.
As an electronic musician, performer, producer, and DJ, I tend to look for portability and functionality in my gear and tools. There are so many great softwares to put to use that it would be counterintuitive to disregard that. I really enjoy having the option to throw a few small midi-devices and a Macbook in my backpack for production and songwriting on the go. It's extremely functional, and the compatibility of all of it is astounding.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception tends to be that people expect a remix of a song that will "make their song better" in a way. That is the complete opposite of what I'm here to do; I want to make your music shine in a new light that it's never been seen in before. I want to accentuate new elements that may not have been as easily distinguishable before, giving the song a new glow.
It's the equivalent of buying new shoes; good shoes won't make you run faster if you haven't been training before.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
The best advice I could give to someone looking to hire a music producer or remix artist is to give the artist a general guideline, but don't go in expecting a specific sound. Through having worked with many other artists I tend to find that you're going to receive the best, most organic work by giving the artist room to play with a song and give it their unique touch.
What's your strongest skill?
I would have to say that my strongest skill in regards to musicianship and production is adaptability.
I refuse to limit myself, my fellow artists, or even my clients to one genre. Because I have such a diverse taste in music and such a deep appreciation for the arts as a whole I tend to lose interest upon becoming stuck in one genre or "scene". Through that I tend to work with artists that are doing things very different from what I myself am doing, which has given me the ability to adapt well when faced with a new challenge, in which case I am able to create something entirely new.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
As far as inspiration goes, there are far too many musicians and artists that inspire me to list off.
I do tend to find that Denver's local music and arts scene is a place that I can always turn to for inspiration. There is always something completely unique and groundbreaking is happening, and the diversity within the artistic community out here is astounding. It never ceases to amaze me how many different types of artistic genres exist in this region alone.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work I do for clients would have to be remixing songs that they have released previously, or are planning to release in the near future.
A lot of artists from genres drastically different from my own will approach me after having heard my original material, eager to collaborate on something together but not knowing how to go about it. It seems that from there a common solution is wanting hear their song "remixed a la f-ether". Remixing is an undertaking I always enjoy, since it challenges me as an artist and producer by forcing me to adapt and diversify, something I am always looking to do anyway.