What are you working on at the moment?
I have a record from a band from LA coming up.
Analog or digital and why?
I mix digitally but I'm a huge fan of using analog gear on the front end
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You don't have to leave your money with me unless you are satisfied with the final product. I'm only happy when you are.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: Can I send you an entire [insert DAW here] session?
A: please don't, I don't own every DAW there is and even then there still might be compatibility issues. I prefer receiving the WAV files of your session all starting at 0. That makes importing them into my session really easy.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
"We'll fix [insert reason for crappy recording here] in the mix"
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Which bands/songs would you like your music to sound similar to?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been mixing for roughly 4 years now. I'm completely self taught.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Biffy Clyro would be a band I'd love to mix a song for because their arrangements are really awesome and yet kept relatively simple.
Can you share one music production tip?
Dynamic delays are cool. That's when you send something, let's say a vocal to a delay and after the delay you put a compressor. That compressor is side chained (that means it listens) to the vocal signal. The effect is that the delay is suppressed when the vocal is singing but as soon as the singing stops the delay is swelling in. This helps keeping the mix from being too cluttered while the effect is still audible.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Generally rock but I also like working on metal, pop and folk music.
What's your strongest skill?
I work well with people and don't fuss about criticism. If you don't like something I did there will be no hard feelings.
What do you bring to a song?
A different set of ears than the producer or the band. I might hear things that escaped you and take the song in a direction that you haven't considered but that might be totally awesome.
I also have a very creative approach to mixing so don't be surprised if you find some little gimmicks in my mix.
What's your typical work process?
Once we agree to work together I will:
- create a session and import all the tracks of your song
- go through, do color coding and grouping everything to get an overview of your song.
- listen to every track and adjust the level, if certain parts are way louder than others I'll use clip gain to even things out
- create a rough mix with just volume and pan
- use EQ and compression to give each element a place in the mix and make sure that the important elements are featured well
- create tasteful effects to highlight specific elements of the mix
- use automation to control and ensure a dynamic flow of the song
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I tend to work remotely, as in I get tracks via email and then send back the finished mixes and/or masters.