What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working developing a young new act from the middle of nowhere, and mixing assorted fun projects from around the world.
Analog or digital and why?
Both! I love tape, and would use that if I could when tracking, or sometimes to mix to 2-track, but at this point I'd also hate to be without the amazing flexibility of digital. I still use analog hardware, so am stuck in the middle of this one!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I give every project 100%. This is not "just a job" to me.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the fact that I have been given to opportunity to help create so many amazing records from so many artists.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
5 pieces?! ProTools, some great monitors, an API mic pre, API 550 and an SM57!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I did it the old way! Started off playing became fascinated with the recording process, worked as an assistant, then ran a small studio, then worked in larger studios, then for some very famous producers and artists before becoming a freelancer like most of us are these days.
Can you share one music production tip?
A tricky one; I'd say do everything for the song, and don't be afraid to leave some space. People tend to overcomplicate things when they need to remember it's always about the song/
What type of music do you usually work on?
What's your strongest skill?
Having a natural feel for what the artist's song needs.
What do you bring to a song?
Good ears, lots of experience and mindfulness of the song, and the needs of radio.
What's your typical work process?
I receive the customers files, create a session and check for any issues, reaching out to the client if I have any questions. I then have a play with organising the tracks as I listen through, probably making a rough balance so I can see what is in the session, and grouping things so they make sense. I then tend to make a few edits and fix issues I find as I play through before really stating to shape the mix. It usually takes me a day, then I'll check again the next day after printing a mix.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio is based around pro tools and API.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm only in this because I would obsessively tear out the CD cover and read every single credit so I knew who did what on a record, so...everyone!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of project I work on these days has been produced by someone else, or self-produced by an artist who has reached the point where they want someone they can trust to take it to the next level and finish the thing with confidence.