Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I am currently recording a band and I've been tracking and editing it. I think it sounds great and the feedback I've gotten on it has been great so far.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on building my own company that houses a record label, a film production company and a bunch of freelance services from the team members.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Dom Bodo. I've worked with him for the past couple months and I plan on working with him for a very long time.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog for the warm sound people crave, but digital for how clean and simple it makes the process. It is affordable too which makes it just that much better.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will stop at nothing until you are happy with what you received.
What do you like most about your job?
Meeting new people and helping people's dreams and ideas come to life.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: How quickly can you get this done?
A: When do you need it by? I can do it in any time frame.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
It is not as easy as it may look. What I, and many other people on this site do is an art form. It takes delicacy and it takes years to get to where we are now.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
How quickly do you need this done? Do you need any other kinds of services such as music videos, etc.?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Trust that the price is what it is for a reason. You may get a bad egg here and there, but often if the price is low, it is to attract cliental, and if it is too high it is because they feel they are worth that investment and often times they are.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My computer, my interface, my monitors, a microphone, and a guitar.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started off by writing a song and getting it recorded. I then decided that I was done paying for studio time and decided to learn it myself. 2014 I released an album for a friend and it was absolutely horrible. Today I am being taught by industry professionals and taking all their best traits and combining them to create the best sounding mix possible.
How would you describe your style?
Subtle yet effective. There are many layers that go into my mixes that go completely unnoticed until you listen for it. It really makes people interested in what they're hearing.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Either Green Day, Twenty Øne Pilots, or Chelsea Grin. Green Day, becuase I grew up with them and they are my rock icons. Twenty Øne Pilots, because there is so much room for creativity and experimentation. Chelsea Grin because... well because I really like Chelsea Grin. Oh! And Galactic Empire because metal Star Wars music is the best.
Can you share one music production tip?
Timed delays when used properly can add so much life and emotion to a performance. Adding it so it's noticeable will create a connection with the listener that can't be broken. Mixing it in softly will just add a layer that raises people's ears even though they don't know why.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Based on cliental, I do mostly hip-hop and rap, but I prefer live instrument songs like rock or gospel. Stuff like that I do very well, but I still have more practice with rap and hip-hop tracks.
What's your strongest skill?
Speed. I have gotten faster and faster in the past year and now I can edit your track while you talk to me. You won't even realize it until I play it back for you.
What do you bring to a song?
I add flare and attitude that physically can't be made in person. I range from super subtle processing to in your face, and that creates this spectrum of wow and perfection.
What's your typical work process?
I usually start by cleaning all the tracks and tempo mapping, the usual set up. I start clip gaining my tracks and making sure everything is musically level. Then I get a nice rough mix where I am satisfied with my panning and my levels, and after that I get into processing. Light compression in the vocals, heavy hitting for the drums, and reverb and delay to sweeten and glue everything up.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a simple mix set up at my home studio with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 as my interface, a MacBook Pro, an HP external monitor set up and my monitors. I also have a wireless apple keyboard and trackball mouse that I use when I am there.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I was taught by a bunch and inspired by even more. Dan Grigsby, Richard Blakin, Shamel Hughes, Chris Theis, all names that taught me. Neal Avron is probably my greatest mix inspiration right now, because of the way he tackles his mixes.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I am often hired as a tracking and mix engineer. I do both about equally for different people. People have been asking me about doing a few post production scenes for them, so I am slowly growing at that as well.