Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I'm proud of everything I've been a part of. I can't pick a fav child!
What are you working on at the moment?
Well every week I'm working on a new track for Andie Case. Outside of that, usually a metal track or a new pop song.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Naph Smith. Amazing vocal producer and fantastic with natural sounds. I envy his skill in those areas.
Analog or digital and why?
I love both, but if I had to choose I'm going digital. You can get an equally great sounding result for less work. Pretty simple.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will work my ass off to give you the best product that I can give you. People out there can out talent me...But nobody will out work me.
What do you like most about your job?
Getting to do what I love. It's the thing I'm truly passionate about.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
^ see above. 99 times out of 100 it's no.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
In general I think a lot of freelance business people in lots of areas run into this problem...telling me that my payment for my work will be "having something to add to my portfolio" is a steamy pile of you know what. If someone is willing to work on something for free, they'll offer it. If they don't offer it, don't ask them to do it.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Mostly just questions about trying to figure out the vision of the project and what my role will be.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be open minded.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
None of which would be music related...they'd all be survival related haha But for the sake of argument...assuming this island has shelter with electricity... My computer with all my plug ins, a good interface, a good condenser mic, a guitar, and decent monitors. Really all that you need.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Well I started as a guitar player in a metal band, did that for years and found that my favorite part of being in a band wasn't shows, it was always writing and being in the studio. As I got older that's where I gravitated towards. Age also led me to more styles of music and I became deeply involved in pop music.
How would you describe your style?
Eclectic but with a heavy emphasis on being palatable to the masses.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
John Feldmann. Not as an artist, but as a writer/producer. He is everything I want to be as a producer...he makes great mainstream pop records and then makes rock/metal records. He does both styles at an elite level. He also gets to go do his own band whenever he wants as well. Its just the perfect gig.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't over think it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Rock, and Metal.
What's your strongest skill?
Writing and programming are probably my biggest assets.
What do you bring to a song?
Creativity!!! I'm not a super technical mind, I'm all about the creation process and making great songs.
What's your typical work process?
Really depends on the project and the work.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Pretty straight forward in the box set up. I have over $20k worth of plug-ins ranging from the waves mercury bundle, Slate everything bundle, the full Izotope collection, Komplete 10, JST bundle, Plugin Alliance, Fab Filter, Sonnox, and so many more. iMac i8 with 32 GB of ram, SSL xlogic alpha CS, Focusrite Pro 40 interface. My vocal chain consists of various mics including a Neumann u87, AT4040, and a few other options running into a Universal Audio 6176. I have guitars from ESP, Schecter, and PRS. Amps from Mesa Boogie, Ampeg, Fractal, and Line 6.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Max Martin, John Feldmann, Dave Bendeth, CLA, Taylor Swift, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Paul McCartney, and so many more
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do a range of things from full production and songwriting packages to individual tasks like programming, tracking instruments/vocals, comping/editing, mix/master, and more.