What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on two short films right now, and two bigger Dutch children musicals.
Analog or digital and why?
Both! I am convinced that analog has a certain sound you cannot get when working digital. Well, almost since a few years with all the modeling plugins available. Digital has the benefits of working multiple projects at a time, instant recallable, saving multiple versions, and some effects are so extreme they are hard to achieve with analog.
What do you like most about your job?
The variety of work! I love that at one moment I'm working on music for a feature film, and next film I'm arranging for a small orchestra.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
It's not done fast. Yes, I can work fast, but then I cannot guarantee the quality I want to deliver. It takes time, and especially, it takes skill you have to learn.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Imagine a triangle; every corner has one thing. They are: quality, price, and speed. You can only choose two! When you want quality, and you want it fast, it comes with a higher price than usual. If you want quality and you don't want to spend any on it, don't expect to have it finished fast. And last, if you want it fast, and with a low price, don't expect any quality. I am a bit against that last one. So every customer should ask himself, what do I want?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Macbook, my Nord Stage, a good microphone, good pre-amp and my set of Neumann speakers (if that's allowed).
Can you share one music production tip?
Go nuts sometime! It's really good to know your software and hardware and how every plugin and effect works, but sometimes just go and turn some knobs the wrong way, see what happens. Try things out!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Soundtrack, which means a lot! It can be classical orchestral, minimalistic, pop/rock, jazz, anything really.
What's your strongest skill?
Composing to picture. I love the effect music has on picture and believe you can change the tone of everything with it.
What do you bring to a song?
That depends on the song itself. I can get it up to the next level with what the song itself needs. If it doesn't need anything, then I'm done very quickly!
What's your typical work process?
For composing, I start with watching the picture and coming up with a certain style. I start composing a few themes and when that's done go and score the picture.
For arranging and producing, I listen to the song or composition and ask myself what it could benefit from. Is it empty, in total or only at a certain section, is there not enough melodic content?
Tell us about your studio setup.
Currently I'm working on a Mac Pro loaded with Logic Pro 9 and X, Pro Tools 11 and a lot of software instruments and synthesizers. I also do notation, arranging and orchestration and use Sibelius 7 for this. I have several mics for recording, or have a lot of options at other professional recording studios to do my recording and mixing there.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
On number 1 of course John Williams. I also love the style of John Powell and Danny Elfman.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I compose music for film and TV, do arranging and producing for other artists and composers and do a lot of recordings.