Analog or digital and why?
They both have their advantages and disadvantages, but if I had to choose one I'd go digital. The software today is so good that you can't even tell the difference in sound.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will make your song sound 10x better.
What do you like most about your job?
I like working with other skilled people who have the same goal as me - to move the world through music.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Will you be able to make this sound good? My answer - absolutely.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That mixing isn't creative - I love mixing and creating a sonic environment for the song to live in. I am very creative with my use of effects.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's the end goal with this song? Who are you inspired by? Who are you're favourite artists? What artists do you hate?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Have a clear idea of the direction you want the song to take sonically and have reference tracks available.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My acoustic, laptop, Neumann U87, UA Twin preamp and a pair of Sennheiser HD280's.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I am a newcomer to this industry. I attended Harbourside IT for Audio Engineering and Music production and graduates with a diploma as well as Pro Tools 110, 130 and Ableton certifications. I am establishing myself as a mixer and producer in the Vancouver area. I am in my first year of doing this and am looking forward to what the future holds.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with the Alabama Shakes. They are the perfect example of classic rock/soul group with a modern twist.
Can you share one music production tip?
Less is more
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on everything from jazz to ambient electronica, but I specialize in alternative rock and electronic rock.
What's your strongest skill?
I know when enough is enough. I never use anything unless I have a specific reason to use it.
What do you bring to a song?
When I mix a song my goal is to bring everything together so that it sounds like one entity and not just a collection of different sounds. I always mix with the song in mind and make sure nothing takes over too much.
What's your typical work process?
I always start by listening to the song in full to get an overall feel of the song. This gives me an idea of how I should approach the mix and how much processing should be done. I begin a mix by dealing the foundational elements first, the drums and bass. It's important that these two elements work together seamlessly as they are the pulse of the song. Once the rhythm section is established I will deal with the lead elements of a track - vocals, guitar, synths etc. and get them to stand out while simultaneously siting nicely in the mix. Once the mix is done I do the mastering to bring it up to a competitive level.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have access to a world class professional studio. Some the gear I use includes:
Sonic farm Creamer and Berliner Preamps
API 7600 and 3124 Preamps
JDK R22 Compressor
JDK R24 EQ
UA 1176 Compressor
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am most inspired by Rick Rubin, George Martin, Jack White and Jimmy page.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I specialize in mixing and mastering songs of all genres. I like to be as diverse as possible. I also work as a producer for other artists and give creative input, and can add additional instrumentation.