What are you working on at the moment?
I currently working on a EDM project from an amazing producer from the Ukraine. It's sounding great!
Analog or digital and why?
I like both, Analog works best for some things while digital can be better for others. After all is just a tool, a means to an end. As long as the end result sounds the way you want it too, that's all that matters.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to do everything in my power to achieve the sound and quality my clients expect.
What do you like most about your job?
I like being creative and making my clients jaws drop when they hear the difference in the rough board mix and the final masters.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A lot of people think what us mixing guys do is easy or we are able to turn a poorly recorded track into a professional high quality track like they hear on the radio or tv. Garbage in, garbage out! I always say :)
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I usually ask for a reference track or song they want their song to sound similar too.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
MY advice to anyone looking to hire me is, Feel free to contact me anytime, I'm always interested in meeting new people. If possible, try to get your tracks in a consolidated wav format. starting at the beginning of the song and at least 44.1 Hrz 24 bits. That makes my job a heck of a lot easier. :)
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. A super fast PC/Mac
2. My waves and UAD plugins
3. My studio monitors
4. Solo 610 pre amp
5. U87 mic
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out as a drummer, then out of necessity I became and recording, mixing and mastering engineer. I've been a music for more than 20 years, and I have been working in a studio environment for 10 years now.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I'm most proud of my band Cabbages & Kings debut album. We recorded, mixing and mastered it in my friends studio. The album won artist of the year and it gave us the boost we needed as a band.
How would you describe your style?
My style is more of a "let the song tell you what it needs" style. I don't like hard rules that say you must do this, or you can't do that. In the end as long as it sounds good, that's all that matters.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I enjoy working with all kinds of different clients, I can really get behind an artist or band that puts their all into their music. Regardless of age or skill level. Attitude is 90 percent.
Can you share one music production tip?
"Less is more" Often times we tend to think adding more tracks, more verb, more compression and eq will make something better, when in reality it can make the song worst by ruining the initial goal of the song.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I like working on rock, pop, and EDM the most, but I have worked on metal, jazz, indie, singer songwriter and much more in my ten years of mixing and mastering.
What's your strongest skill?
I'm a drummer of more than 20 years now. So I can record a mean drum track :). Mixing and mastering was something I got into out of a necessity, then I fell in love with the craft and have been striving to become the best engineer I can be.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a professional attitude and a willingness to go above and beyond what many others will do, to achieve that "pro" sound.
What's your typical work process?
I like to chat with my clients before I start working to get a better understanding of where they want the music to go.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a modest setup, nothing over the top. I choose my gear and plugin carefully to pull off professional quality tracks.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Anyone who has taken the time to become the best they can be at their craft is alright in my books.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I most commonly do mixing and mastering services for my clients. Everything from rock, pop, edm, jazz, metal and more