Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was the recording engineer, mixing engineer, producer, and mastering engineer. I am really proud of it because the band was and still is satisfied with the album. We put a lot of work into it and I really enjoy the sounds we we able to get.
Analog or digital and why?
It doesn't matter. I'm fully digital right now, but that out of necessity.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To give you a product that you are 100% satisfied with. Also, you will get goosebumps listening to your songs.
What do you like most about your job?
Listening to music before it is released.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That anyone can do it.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
How do you want this song to make you feel?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be fair and genuine.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
NS-10's, Computer, UAD Apollo, C12A Microphone, Avalon DI
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out as an electrical engineer major and then received my masters in recording arts at Middle Tennessee State University while working in Nashville, then I ended up in Los Angeles working at the Village.
How would you describe your style?
Aesthetically aggressive. I like to bring excitement, but if the song needs to be chill I will make it chill. The song just need to bring goosebumps to the listener no matter what feeling the goosebumps arise from.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Blink 182. They have been my favorite band since I was a kid. Doing one mix for them would be phenomenal.
Can you share one music production tip?
Rhythm and flow is everything. Get the instruments pocketed to what ever instrument has the best flow. If the drummer has the best feel then pocket instruments to them, but if the tambourine or even a melodic instrument has it going on, pocket to that.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hard Rock and Radio Rock
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
Excitement. I always just try to figure out how I can make moment of each song exciting. Whether the vocal is the focal or not, the song must be exciting.
What's your typical work process?
I usually like to get all the editing and setup out of the way before I mix. Vocal tuning, pocketing, and basic mix levels are attained and then I get creative the next day when I have fresh ears.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I am running pro tools 12 with WAVES, Fab Filter, UAD, Slate Digital, and Isotope plugins. My monitors are Yamaha NS-10m, Event Opals, and small Bose computer speakers.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Every band I work with inspires me. Some notable famous engineers that inspire me are Tom Lord Alge, Ryan Hewitt, and anyone who makes great music. I have a lot of friends in the industry that make amazing music and they inspire me to work hard every day.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Record and Mix their projects