Can you share one music production tip?
Understand your concept. Develop your concept. Marry your concept and be faithful to it. If you don't, you'll start having flings with other concepts and your main one will not be happy and will leave you all alone without a clue of where to go. Simple... right?
What type of music do you usually work on?
Latin influenced and world music... any, really. It is the kind of music that just puts itself out there to be experimented with. It is never drastically so pure that you can never bring anything innovative to it.
What do you bring to a song?
In production: I define my production process as a non-invasive surgery; my main goal is to let the artists' identity breathe through the song and I do that through really understanding their vision. In Mixing: Energy and definition. I am driven to achieve those two things. If it is chilled, commit to it, if it is gritty and punchy, commit to it!
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a simplistic studio were everything happens initially inside-the-box. Once the project advances, depending on what it requires, I jump unto bigger studios that have the equipment necessary for the session. It could be a full analogue setup as well as a very digital environment, it really depends on what the projects calls for.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I really admire the overall work of Mike Spencer (Jamiroquai, Ellie Goulding, Rudimental), the conceptual and spiritual devotion of Rick Rubin (Metallica, Shakira, etc), the musical simplicity of Gustavo Santaolalla (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Hans Zimmer (Inception OST and many others) and really admire Berry Gordy (Motown) and his ability to put together an "assembly line" to generate hits.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I pretty much do music production and mixing. I approach the track/album with the artist and I make sure we carry it all the way to the finishing line. Working on pre-production and the development of a concept for the artists. Supervising the recordings and the musicians involved (as well as making sure all the legal end of things is covered) and then, recording and taking the projects in the best quality to a mastering studio. My job is pretty much to look over a project getting finished!