Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I've loved getting to work on my solo stuff. I've played a lot of lead and rhythm guitars and sang all the vocals. I've been working with some very talented producers and mentors and watching them work is so edifying. It's hard not to learn.
What are you working on at the moment?
Working on a solo project song as well as a song for a client I've had for about 3 years now. Both are larger productions.
Analog or digital and why?
At the moment, a lot of my stuff is digital. Of course we all want the analog stuff and wish to spend thousands on that kind of gear. But for the working man, the new software of today is holding up really nicely and it's a huge bang for your buck. Lots of digital is being used in hit records nowadays.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will do my absolute best to make your song the way you want to the best of my abilities and knowledge.
What do you like most about your job?
I love working on new songs and getting to help create the sounds that surround the lyrics and melodies.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I typically like to ask what sort of vibe they're looking for. Obviously I have my own thoughts on the song as well, but it's my priority to get into the headspace of the creator to make sure their ideas are realized.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Pick me if you think I am right for your song or you like my sound. I have worked with amazing producers and have seen some cool tricks of the trade and new processes in recording. I suppose you just need to find the right people with the right vibe to get the correct emotions of a song across. But first and foremost: The song comes first. And if you have a good song with a music direction you believe in, you will be glad you found the right people to trust with your tune.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Duesenburg Starplayer, Friendman DIrty Shirley Amp, CAL Holy Fire, Collings OM-1, and a tuner haha.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I plan on being an artist. I've been pursuing that for about 7 years now. I've had some chances to do some really cool things in the time I've been on this path. When I was 16 I played guitar with Keith Urban at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas. When I was 18 I was on American Idol and Made it to the Top 24 of Season 14. I've had the chance to open some GRAMMY events, and have just been working on cool projects all along the way.
How would you describe your style?
Modern country with an edge. I grew up on a lot of rock stuff and still listen to much of it. But, I also love modern country and stuff like Allison Krauss and quirky stuff like the "O' Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack. I like to marry those styles when I can.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd love to work with someone like Keith Urban or John Mayer one day. People like that have such an experience in the studio and being a guitarist and singer myself, I really look up to guys like that.
Can you share one music production tip?
When it comes to background vocals you really have to pick your spots. Sometimes less is more, and sometimes more is more. It all depends on the song and what it calls for.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I primarily work on pop, rock, and country music.
What's your strongest skill?
Taking a song and making it what the client wants while being able to give suggestions for cool arrangement ideas.
What do you bring to a song?
I tend to being a pretty modern feel to a lot of songs. I can play a lot of instruments proficiently so I have a good understanding of how those things can come together and make a song really shine at its best.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Just running gout of my house at this point, but it's a solid home recording rig, as I don't have the need to do drum work very often. I usually would source that out to somewhere else.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm largely inspired by a lot of 70's and 80's classic rock as well as modern country artists like Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common work I do for clients is Full Instrumental tracks. They primarily consist of a fill out acoustic demo (Acoustic and electric guitars, bass, banjo, Background vocals, some percussion i. e. shakers, tambourines and claps) and if the client wants, I sing lead vocals as well. I don't do full band demos with full kits yet, though I could if someone needed it in a pinch. I often get called to do guitar and vocal session work.