Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
In 2000 my band Captain i recorded an album called Sooner Than Now. I played guitar and wrote some of the songs, that was one of the best times I ever had in the studio with my good friends.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on my second solo album, this time with vocals and full length songs.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital, it saves so much time and money. Analog is great, but it's over romanticized really. These days great sounding recordings are much easier to make.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I'll work hard to get the right sound for their song.
What do you like most about your job?
Getting to hear all kinds of different music. I love to hear what people are up to!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Did you bring coffee?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Find someone with similar tastes and a good personality with plenty of experience and go from there.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
MacPro, MAudio 2626 interface, a pair of SM57s, Les Paul, midi controller.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing guitar in the early 90s. After high school I attended Music Tech, in Minneapolis, MN for the guitar program and after that the Music Production program. I played in bands up until 2012 when a disability forced me off the stage. After several years in my home recording studio I decided it was time to get back to my dream.
How would you describe your style?
Rock with side of everything else.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Mike Patton, his creativity is seriously out of this world.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't follow the "fix it in the mix" saying, get it right the first time.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, but my tastes are so vast that I can work on any kind of music.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
A light handed approach. Sometimes less is more... But sometimes, more is more and thats what the song needs. Maybe that's confusing?
What's your typical work process?
Capturing the sound correctly before mixing is a must. Other than that I just do what the song needs, follow my gut & my ears.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use a M-Audio 2626 Audio Interface and 2 Behringer ADATs and do most of my work in Apple Logic ProX. I've got a couple different rooms, and one with a great open area with wood floors. The reverb in there sounds amazing. There are plenty of guitars and amps around, I can pretty much get any kind of tone an artist needs. I've got some fun other toys too.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
For a producer I like Daniel Lanois, his work with U2 & Neil Young was really great. Nigel Goodrich is also high on my list... And Brian Eno of course, and I like his solo work as well.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording & mixing, sometimes they might need a guitar track or other production. I can help them fill out their song with some more instrumentation as well.