Can you share one music production tip?
Learn everything you can about music and sound, but in the end forget about how it looks on the DAW and listen to how it sounds.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Tracking bass and cello parts across many genres. Strong reading, remote recording, fast turnaround. If you're looking for a vintage vibe I specialize at doubling upright bass or my hollow body electric basses with a picked fender "Bass VI" (sometimes called a tick-tack bass) which gives the bass more fatness and clarity than any stereo amping techniques, all while effortlessly sitting in any mix.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring dedication and groove. If I take on a project, I'm going to carve out enough time to focus on it like its the only thing on my plate at the moment. And whenever I record I make sure the groove feels good.
What's your typical work process?
Step 1 is always find out what you want. Whatever information you have, a live demo with the signature riff, a humming the bass line you want into your phone. A song it should sound like. Throw the kitchen sink at me, I'll listen.
Step 2. Absorb the song, listening to it.
Step 3. Create a personal demo to make sure my parts compliment the flow of the whole song.
Step 4 record the actual part.
Step 5 Send you a low res mix to make sure you are pleased with the result
Step 6, touch up anything you want redone
Step 7. send you all the relevant hi res files.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I own a lot of electric basses, the four that are usually on call for recordings are a Music Man Bongo, a fretted and a fretless Godin A5, and a 1971 hollowbody epiphone (before the gibson buyout). My upright bass and Cello both have shadow pick-ups. I generally play through a little Tech21 compression on my line in, but otherwise leave the signal clean. Then I can send you the unaltered track in addition to any plugins I've applied. I use a scarlett audio interface with either Logic or Ableton.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I've been inspired by far too many musicians to list. By listening to all the recorded music I can find time to listen too, I'm always reminded that there's a recording I love that contradicts some general principle. So I always find the best approach to the song, from pop albums which stay perfectly on the grid, to old funk and jazz albums which may not hold a constant tempo, but get you out of your seat every time you listen to them.