What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been session musician, music producer, songwriter, and touring professional for around 30 years.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Being one myself, I am a big fan of the Independent recording artist. I think if we stay true to our creative vision and put the hard work in, we can have a successful career connecting directly to our listeners and fans.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
As a session musician, I would say the multitudes of projects I've played on over the years - from Grammy-winning (John Denver) to the independent recording artist, to the up and comer singer-songwriter. As a recording artist, to date I've recorded seven solo albums and I am really thrilled with the response I've received from them. More on the way!
What are you working on at the moment?
I currently have three album projects in the works and an accordion single song overdub - but this is likely to change by the time you read this : )
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
not yet - I just got on here!
Analog or digital and why?
Digital - very accessible with endless options. Without digital, most people could not afford to be creative.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will use my experience and skills to help make your recording better
What do you like most about your job?
making music and my collaborators happy
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
how much do you charge?! ...let's chat about what your working on and how I might be able to help
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A recording artist (and songwriter) must put the time and skill into their musical creations...the most amazing overdub can not fix or save a song that hasn't been written or recorded well.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
are your tracks well arranged and ready for overdubs? did you record to a click?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have confidence in your own music production while allowing other professional musicians/producers to add to your creative vision.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Probably some cooking utensils.
How would you describe your style?
My productions style would be commercial and creative. My playing has been described many different ways - but if I had to pick one, I'd go with...soulful.
Can you share one music production tip?
What type of music do you usually work on?
What's your strongest skill?
Bringing a commercial sensibility to an arrangement, piano part, or overall sound while being creative.
What do you bring to a song?
Wow - sometimes a catchy intro or a solo, sometimes just a fuller rhythm throughout the track, or sometimes just a little sparkle. Every song is completely different and usually needs it's own magic.
What's your typical work process?
A prospective client emails me an MP3 rough mix of the song they want keyboards added on. I listen and consult with them about what keyboard sounds and styles would be appropriate for this particular track. If we move forward, I request a stereo mix to record my keyboards to. I might ask for a mix with the vocals lowered a bit so I can better lock in the the band (bass and drums...or whatever is most appropriate). I always ask if the tracks were recorded to the project tempo grid and what the bpm for the song is. If the tracks were recorded off the tempo grid, then I will request a separate mono mix of the click used (if there was one). I will then record a take of the overdub instrument(s) and email an MP3 proof mix of my keyboard work back to the client. 80% of the time I get a thumbs up on my work (the other 20% might require a tweak here or there). When we both love the keyboard part(s), and after I receive payment - I then export the WAV files for the instruments I've recorded, upload them, and send the client download links for the WAV files to import their recording project and mix.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use Nuendo 5.5 with top of the line pre-amps and microphones. Most of my keyboard overdubs these days are high end plug-ins (samples). This really speeds up the turn around time - and the sampled instruments available now are very impressive.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Creativity and attention to detail definitely inspires me.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I usually get asked to add a piano track to an existing musical production. Organ overdubs, synth, and strings are also a common request.