Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was hired to record a song by Lady Valentine. She only had a piano and vocal track and wanted me to arrange the tune. I quickly realised that she already had the arrangement playing in her head. So my job ended up by translating the ideas she had into music, and we spend time finding the right sounds while the song was being recorded. It was a difficult process because she was very meticulous and precise, and I was dedicated to provide what she was looking for. The song sounded fantastic in the end, mainly because the artist pushed me to think outside the box in order to get the musical flow she wanted.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You would never leave the studio until you are 100% happy
What do you like most about your job?
The smile that my guests have when they receive the mixing of their song(s)
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
This would only apply to inexperienced artists: every hour you spend in the studio would only help you record no more than one minute of your song. Do the math yourself!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Do not rush the work to save money. You will soon forget the investment you made if you are fully satisfied with the end result.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been recording for 30 years, first on analog and now on digital.
What's your typical work process?
Before we do any recording I will spend some time with the artist to understand what he/she is trying to achieve. If it is a band I will attend one of their rehearsals. Once we agree we track the song(s)
What do you bring to a song?
My experience, my capacity to hear what is important in the song, and the right equipment to make it happen.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues and all related styles of music
What's your strongest skill?
A typical comment I hear from my guests is that I always listen to their recommendations, and do my job in creating the sound that fits their music. Always making their song stand out. I am extremelly patient and dedicated.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio is set up in my home, and it has two rooms; the control room and the live room for drums and any acoustic instrument/vocals. The control room is acoustically treated and the end result will translate perfectly well on every system you will be listening to.
I mix ITB and have a large selection of plugins to accomodate your music style. Some vintage synths are at your disposal if you are looking for 'that' special sound.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I cannot help being inspired by productions with melodies, whether we are talking about classic stuff, like the Beatles, Queen, Dire Straits, or contemporary bands/artists like the Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Rag'n'Bone Man, etc.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
My main activity will be tracking and mixing songs. Lately I have been tracking full albums, in the studio or as mobile studio - I bring my gear to your place and we track live.
I have also been (re)mixing albums that were recorded in other studios. In most cases, a new artist will try the studio for one song and if he/she is satisfied with the production, will return later to produce an EP or an album