Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Recording for Master's program audition. One song contained piano, drums, bass, saxophone, and vocals. I composed (music and lyrics), recorded, produced, and mixed the final product.
What are you working on at the moment?
Master's Thesis: a recording project of original music with supplementary thesis.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Not yet! I'm just getting started here.
Analog or digital and why?
At the moment, digital. I don't have enough space for analog...
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to communicate with you to best bring forth your vision.
What do you like most about your job?
Helping others with their creative projects.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you write a beautiful, yet simple, piano part? Yes.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A C9 chord does not equal a Cadd9 chord.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do YOU want from me? What kind of sound are you striving for?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Provide some other music examples to give me the best idea of the sound you're looking for.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Kurzweil SP4-8, microKORG, Condenser mic, a nice pair of Sennheiser headphones, and a survival guide..
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Undergraduate Degree: Music Composition from Kansas State University
Master's Degree (In progress): Commercial Music Composition and Arranging from Belmont University
How would you describe your style?
Pop/Rock meets Jazz/Funk
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Ben Folds-- he crafts arrangements that stay interesting upon multiple listens.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't simply copy and paste vocal tracks to beef up the sound. Record new takes of the same section and layer them together!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, Funk, Jazz, Pop
What's your strongest skill?
Keyboard writing, arranging, transcribing
What do you bring to a song?
Professionally crafted keyboard parts, professionally composed arrangements. Whatever YOU need.
What's your typical work process?
Depends on the project.
Writing/Recording piano parts: Listen to the rough demo (or read the sheet music) and improvise different pianistic ideas over the top to figure out what the song needs.
Arranging: Sit at keyboard and figure out how musical elements will fit together to achieve the best arrangement.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Logic Pro X, Sibelius, Kurzweil SP4-7, M-Audio KeyRig 49, MicroKORG, Scarlett 2i4, VXL Condenser microphone, Shure SM57, M-Audio StudioPro 3 Monitors.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Ben Folds, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Writing/Performing piano and keyboard tracks. Arranging, Transcribing, Composing.