Analog or digital and why?
Digital, because analog is difficult, less flexible...and mostly just more expensive.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If they are not liking the work that I'm doing, I'll stop my work with no charge. No big deal, making music is personal and hard and I want you to be happy with what you get.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Trying to explain what mixing is to a layman can be tough. I see being a mixer as being the extra member of a band for that one album, and I have the utmost respect for professional mixers like Andy Wallace and Nigel Godrich. They are my rock stars.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do you want your tracks to sound like?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Don't do it! Just kidding.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Not including a computer? Takamine guitar, Rode NT1A Anniversary Vocal Condenser Microphone, Mogami cable, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, great studio headphones. I would make acoustic songs the rest of my island life and just embrace the wave noise
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have an entirely different career. This is a hobby, but one that I'm passionate about, and I've been doing it for five years (and listening to good mixes a lot longer, identifying what I like and why).
How would you describe your style?
Fun, low-fi, hopefully different/unique.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Keith Zarriello, because he is a g d musical hero and mixing his stuff would be a blast.
Can you share one music production tip?
Learn the mixing rules, break one or two per song to make it stand out.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Low-fi, indie singer-songwriter.
What's your strongest skill?
Taking a recording and making a unique little sound out of that using plugins, applying that sound to add to the song. I only do that if I think the song needs something in a given moment and ultimately with the permission of the artist.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a focus on what keeps the song interesting, and what the song really needs at any given point. I like to figure out where the climax is, what it needs to built to that point from a grand perspective, and what it needs every 3 to 5 seconds to stay interesting and unique.
What's your typical work process?
I work when my girlfriend goes to sleep, a couple of hours per night. I like to listen to the stems or demo and get a sense of the momentum, the key emotional elements, and what the mix should be trying to accomplish. From there, I like to work fast. I read once that if you spend too long on a mix at a time, you'll lose the mix, and I believe that. Luckily I've been doing this long enough that i can work fast and well. I also will only work on a song up until the point of "ear fatigue", because I don't want to do myself or the artist a disservice. I will follow this process on a song until it's done, whether it takes one night or one week. I'll save automation for last, and then apply some mastering.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I mix in the box with a pretty powerful computer, some great studio headphones and monitors, a DAW that I'm entirely comfortable with, and some powerful mixing and mastering plug-ins. Pretty simple really, but effective.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I have a list of mixing inspirations in my profile. I keep flac versions of all of these albums for reference and inspiration. From a songwriting standpoint...that list is pretty comprehensive too. Nick Cave and The Shivers are my favorite bands. I like something about their down-to-earth mixes.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly do mixing for low-fi, singer-songwriter type genres (recorded by myself or by my friends). This will sometimes include fixing timing issues and mastering.