Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Pet Envy and Erica Cooper. Both of these artists are new and have written some amazing songs. They truly move me and I am proud to have been asked to play drums for these records.
What are you working on at the moment?
a Pop Rock record here in Nashville by a band called Pet Envy. Keep an eye out for them.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Best of both worlds.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That they will be happy with my work or they won't have to pay me. I care just as much as they do because it's my name and reputation.
What do you like most about your job?
The freedom to be creative and the ability to know what sounds will work and which ones won't.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What style do you play? Everything. It's all music and I play music.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I just show up and play and that's all. I think for days about what will work best for a song. I spend hours looking for reference ideas and tones. I try multiple drums and different sounds for each song. It's not a quick in and out process.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What reference records are you considering? Who are your influences? What is your favorite sound besides a musical instrument? What do want the song to convey? Who is the song intended for? Why did you write the song?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Investigate your options. Even though someone has a high profile gig doesn't mean they may be a great studio performer and vice versa. Ask questions, take the time to listen to them and don't be afraid to be demanding.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Pair of sticks, snare drum, headphones, iPod and ride cymbal.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing drums as a very young child. When I was 7 I started lessons. I took lessons all through High School and wwnt to college for a history degree. I continued playing music. After college I attended The Drummers Collective in NYC for two years. It was the best decision of my life. The rest is history.
How would you describe your style?
Groove oriented and focused on tone.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Adele because she has a creative spirit and a very bold and deep sound to her music.
Can you share one music production tip?
Make sure you hit the drums with an even amount of force every time.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Pop Rock, Rock and country.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
I bring my maturity, my love for music, my drive to support my family and my life, my history as a musician and all the experiences I have had in my 32 years on this planet. I have had the chance to study and learn from the best in the business and I try to utilize those lessons in anyway possible.
What's your typical work process?
I like to coordinate with clients to make sure I deliver exactly what they want for their projects. Once we have that dialed in I usually go through the songs until I have a take that I am satisfied with. Then, I listen back to make sure all sounds are clean, at a good level, and fit the song the way the client wants. Once I am happy I will share the files with the client and make revisions as requested.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My space is set up primarily for drum recording. I have a great 12x30 room. I use different mics and different drums to obtain the sound that the client desires. My DAW is Logic and I PreSonus interfaces.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Aaron Sterling, Hubert Payne, Josh Freese, Josh Reynolds, Paul Epworth, Steve Jordan, Pino Paladino
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording raw drum sounds and providing clients with the files to use for their projects.