What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That things are easy to "fix in the mix". Some things can be edited and improved, but things are usually fixed at the performance/recording stage. Get that right, and the mix and any additional arrangement/production stages will be straight-forward.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
The more information I know about your project from the start, the better the process and outcome will be. Communication is key.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Macbook, MIDI controller, microphone, my Adam A7X monitors, Apogee interface...
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Music Technology, and have been doing varied projects since then. I've worked on-location recording sound for TV and independent films, composed for radio and sync libraries, mixed and produced for artists, as well as work on my own music when I can.
How would you describe your style?
A little eclectic, but that's because I grew up on a range of music. I like to work on music that has new elements to them, and not sound generic, I guess. I take influences from everywhere.. Punk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Disco, Classical... there's usually a bit of some of those genres in my music!
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Gallant - He's a brilliant performer, I love his voice, and has a real clear sense of self and head screwed on tight.
Daft Punk - They're geniuses!
Royksopp - all round great guys and I love everything they do; from their production to stage presentation.
Can you share one music production tip?
Watch your levels!! If I had a penny for every distorted channel output I've seen on people's setup, I wouldn't have to work...
It's pretty simple. If you're working digitally, keep plenty of headroom on your channels and on your mix. There's no need to go above -12bdFS on the master buss... Most people are working at 24-bit depth, so there are no excuses!. Mastering will take care of the loudness that you're looking for, so give the Mastering Engineer plenty of room to play with.
What type of music do you usually work on?
All sorts - I've recently worked on pop, dark rock, dream-pop, funk, electronic pop....
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing and production.
What do you bring to a song?
I focus on melody and harmony, and making sure the music gets out of the way of the song.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work in the box, always bouncing between Logic Pro, Ableton with a sprinkling of Reason from time to time. I have access to studios for additional gear, if I need it.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
STINT is currently my favourite producer. He does great work and comes across as a nice person.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I work with music artists, getting their music mixed and produced to a releasable, radio-ready professional standard.