What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise you nothing less than my absolute best. I only take on one client at a time so I can focus fully on your sonic vision.
What do you like most about your job?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE working with bands who're as passionate about music as I am.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A lot of people think that mixing is just pushing faders, or that you can download a copy of, say, GarageBand and throw some presets on a track, and you're golden. Truth be told, I typically log quite a few hours on any given record, trying to make everything just right, without removing the all too important human element.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be open to suggestions during the process. You've hired me for a reason, and my only goal is to help you and your band realize your sonic potential.
How would you describe your style?
I'd describe it as a loving hybrid of old-school mentality and new-school tricks. I work mostly In The Box, which is actually kind of unique for Doom Metal. Analog has its place though. It has a groovy vibe you really can't get elsewhere, so I like to blend the vibe of analog with the convenience and speed of digital to get powerful, yet smooth mixes, just the right amount of sweetening.
Can you share one music production tip?
There're no rules, except do what sounds good. Does cranking 8k on your snare by 15dB give it the sizzle it needs? Screw it, do it! The only thing that matters is the mix, in context.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I typically find myself working on Stoner Rock, Doom Metal, and Death Metal.
What do you bring to a song?
I have a unique vision for music, and a drive for and love of the kinds of music I work with. I generally only work with bands who's recordings/demos/live shows/whathaveyou I really like, and that lets me get really deep into the music and bring out the best of the band.
What's your typical work process?
I typically get hired to mix. So when I'm starting out with a session, I get everything organized, then start going through individual sources to see what's there. My goal at this point is to simplify as much as I can about the session. I might comp things together, delete tracks I don't need, that sort of thing.
After that, I go through listening to the whole song together, and see if I need to make any edits, cut/reduce drum bleed, reamp tracks that need it, typical housekeeping tasks.
After that I get started on the actual mixing, the fun part.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Billy Anderson definitely. His work on Sleep's Dopesmoker defined an entire genre of music.