Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was the lead engineer on an unreleased project that may never actually come out so I won't name it. The project started around July 2016 and finished January 2017. I was proud to be a part of this project because this was the first client I'd ever had that worked as hard as me. We were in the studio just about every day grinding it out.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on 4 LP's for 4 different clients.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. It's just the time I grew up in.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My promise to my clients is that we will work until you're satisfied.
What do you like most about your job?
The thing I like most about my job is getting paid to have fun.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
The most common question I get from clients is "What do you think of the song?" and I reply as honestly as possible.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception about being a mixing engineer is that we are in the studio 24/7 and don't have a life outside of music.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1. What are you working on? (EP, Album, Single etc.)
2. What are your goals for this project? (Build a buzz? Keep fans happy until the album?)
3. How do you plan to distribute this project? (iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud? All the above?)
4. When is the project due?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure the person you're working with REALLY understands your vision. Setup a phone call, tell them your goals & needs. Don't pay someone to just take your money and do whatever they want.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
I'd probably focus on getting off the island instead of mixing songs lol
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started engineering songs for myself in my room at 13. For the past 8 years I've been honing my craft. From interning at local studios to majoring in Audio Production, I've been able to take my skill set further than I'd ever thought I would when I first began.
How would you describe your style?
My style is more digital and modernized. I'd consider my mixes to sound crispy as opposed to warm.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
As of right now (2017) the artist I'd like to work with most is Tory Lanez. I feel that the versatility he brings to the table would be interesting to work with.
Can you share one music production tip?
Make sure the room you mix in is treated properly. Poor acoustics = Poor mix.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on Hip-Hop and R&B music.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill would have to be getting a nice, clean vocal. Removing all mud and unwanted frequencies is most important before even considering anything else in my opinion.
What do you bring to a song?
As an artist myself, I approach the mixing process as if it were my own song, carefully paying attention to all detail in a track to ensure that the emotion the client intended to illicit is brought to life as much as sonically possible.
What's your typical work process?
My work process is as follows:
1. Listening to the full version of the raw track
2. Labeling Each Track (Chorus, Verse, Harmonies Etc.)
3. Creating Groups By Color (Drums = Blue, Vocals = Orange etc.)
4. Editing Vocals (removing breaths, noise reduction etc.)
8. Reverb & Delay
Tell us about your studio setup.
A great magician never reveals his secrets ;)
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
My inspirations include Alex Tumay, Noah "40" Shebib, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Play Picasso etc.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work I do for my clients is mixing & mastering. Clients can expect the song to be taken from a raw recording to a beautifully polished mix ready for the world.