Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
MIA- KALA Album, Proud in recording the sound she wanted for her album, indian rhythms, sounding big. Recorded 40 drummers for worldtown and Bird Flu
What are you working on at the moment?
Film Soundtrack - Untitled Telugu Project
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Analog, for the punch, and width
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Will have it radio ready
What do you like most about your job?
The joy it gives my clients after I have mixed it.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What do you charge, I can work within your budget.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
They think it is easy.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Could you please send the session as it is with the effects and levels, cause when you had arranged it, there is a certain sound that you were going after.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Shop around and listen to the mixes.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Laptop, Neumann KH120, UAD satellite, Black Lion Sparrow, DT770
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have started in 1998 after graduating from the Institute of Audio Research, interned at Sony Music Studios in NYC, started my own studio in Jersey City in 2000, worked with a lot of independent artists from then on and then got my big break in the Indian Film Industry in 2005 working along side Yuvan Shankar Raja, and then got bigger break working with MIA in India in 2006 on her sophomore album.
How would you describe your style?
Very punchy and wide
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with Ed Sheeran, cause there is something meaningful to his sound, and could bring more to it
Can you share one music production tip?
Always sidechain the bass to the kick, and parallel compression
What type of music do you usually work on?
EDM, Hip-Hop, R&B and Funk and film scores
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill, is to get the song radio ready
What do you bring to a song?
Considered a specialist mix engineer, whose work speaks for itself, from clean and straightforward mix to a complex experimental sound, to deliver what the artist and the song requires.
What's your typical work process?
A typical process, is to get the session on Pro Tools, or Logic, and my usual DAW is Logic for mixing, and SoundBlade HD for mastering. Start of arranging the tracks, clean it up, take out all the glitches and recording flaws, Start of with the drums and vocals and then bring everything else around it.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It is hybrid setup, comprising of AVID HDX, with 1 card, MAC Pro - 12 core, 32 gb RAM, connected to the SPL MIX DREAM, with an extensive outboard array. Crane Song STC-8, Crane Song IBIS, Maag EQ4m, Kush Audio Tweakers, Empirical LABS Fatso, Thermionic Culture The Phoenix Mastering Comp. Running Pro Tools 10HD, Logic 10
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
M.I.A, Michael Jackson, Adele, Pink Floyd, Serban Ghenea, Tom Elhirst, Manny Marroquin, Dave Pensado, Diplo, Dr. Dre, Eminem, B.I.G
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mix and Master