Analog or digital and why?
Recording: As Analog as possible. Great Source, great microphones, great preamps/desk, great tape machine (if possible)
Mixing: Digital - recallability, workflow!
What do you like most about your job?
That I can work with a lot of different people with different personalities on a daily basis. I enjoy that the most.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
"What´s your rate?" - "Daily rate of 250 with a satisfaction guarantee."
Alternative: "Can you do it until x" - "Normally yes"
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Louder is better and the grid is always right. Both are misconseptions.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is your Vision for the project? What is the targetgroup? When should the project be finished? What is the most important thing for you in the project? Many more questions the ask, depending on the answers to these questions.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Computer with Pro Tools and Plugins (does that count as one?), an TLM 103 (because it´s so flat sounding) Millenia HV-3C (Stereo is enough on a desert island, I guess), a 1176 Hardware and a Distressor.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out with a basement homerecording setup at the age of 14 and got into Live - Sound when I was 16. After finishing school with 18 I got a internship at a local studio where I started working as a runner. While doing so I went to a Recording School which I finished at the age of 20. After that I build my own little studio where I worked for 2 years. Due to demolition I started working at the place I currently work in - Auratonestudio.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
There are so many for so many reasons. Hard to answer
What do you bring to a song?
Emotion. Interest. Meat. Ideas. and hopefully make the vision of the Artist/Client come to live.
What's your typical work process?
First of all I try to find out about the vision of the Artist/Client I work with. Usually that happens during a phonecall or a skypeconference. If the Artist/Client can come to my studio to talk to me personally than that´s the best way to find out about the project.
Depending on which kind of project it is (Recording, Mixing, Drumtracks, etc.) I try to get a basic schedule going and set the session up and start working. When Mixing I can usually tell the Artist/Client when they will recieve the first Mix. After that everything is depending on the feedback that I get. Typically the Artist/Client get´s the second Mix on the same or next day. That goes on until the Artist/Client is totally happy with the project.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Andrew Scheps, Tchad Blake, Steve Jordan, Pino Palladino, John Mayer, Joe Chiccarelli, and many more
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That you get satisfied with the final product.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have a concrete idea how you want the finished product to sound like and tell me about that. Tell me what´s important to you and what your target group is.
How would you describe your style?
I try to stay true to what the song is.
Can you share one music production tip?
Keep your ideas focused so that the ideas don´t get in the way of the emotions.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on a lot of different stuff. Usually it´s a band setup which is sometimes enhanced by programmed elements.
So a lot of Pop, Pop - Rock, Rock, Jazz, R´n´B. From time to time a little harder rock styles.
What's your strongest skill?
Communication. I like to really get the idea of the artist. That´s very important for me in order to do a mix that really presents the emotions and feelings the artist wants to bring across.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Hybrid - Setup. Based on a Pro Tools System with an analog desk ( Harrison 4032 and a lot of nice outboard) together with a lot of plugins.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly do recording and mixing. Often I just do the mix.