Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I tracked and Mixed the El Chapo - Dbanj ft. Gucci Mane record. It made me proud because Dbanj was a Nigerian artist and I haven't really gone out of my way to work with international artists as much. The experience definitely broadened my horizons to where work and connections can come from. I was also invited on his South Africa tour to work live sound, which I will be attending.
What are you working on at the moment?
Gnarly Gang - Yxng Rari
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
The Touch Mix
Analog or digital and why?
I use Analog. I don't have a stick in the fight though. If you can use digital to get the sound you're looking for then do it. There's nothing wrong with it in my book.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise that you will be satisfied
What do you like most about your job?
Mixing someones song, at times, gives me a sort of insight on who they are as a person.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
When will the mix be done? Give me 5 days.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
There is a right way to mix and a wrong way to mix.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Is there any distortion on the raw vocal stems? Where did you record the audio?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you want a good mix make sure to only pay a deposit up front to give yourself bargaining tools. I have seen too many people complain about mixes but have already paid for all of the mix and are left to the mercy of mixing-engineer to respond when they feel like it, or just not give their all to the mix.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
BAE 1073 / Tube Tech CL-1B / Sony C800 Mic / API - 560 / Elam-251
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been engineering for 4 years. I want to one day own my own studio as well as a production company.
How would you describe your style?
My style is Eclectic. Working at a big studio such as 17 Hertz is amazing because I get to meet many engineers and producers from different walks of life that give me tips on audio engineering techniques. I can ask Rock Producers how to place Room Mics to catch the ambiance of drum hits during a drum recording session, and I can ask EDM producers how to design LFO automation to make big drops in a song. The ability to create connections with people that do different kind of music is invaluable.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with Dom Kennedy because I love his music but I think his mixes are TERRIBLE. I also would like to work with NAO because her vocal tone is amazing.
Can you share one music production tip?
Mix in Mono first.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on Pop, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, and Alternative Indie
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is my creativity and lack of fear I have to try something different to achieve a better outcome that would've happened originally.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring an element of creativity to a mix that cannot be found anywhere else. I am not afraid to go left field and add or subtract different instrumentation to add a more cohesive journey throughout a track. The mix in my eyes has to have a beginning, a rise, and a conclusion that is apparent to the listener but subtle enough that they don't know whats being done to achieve it.
What's your typical work process?
Once the vocal stems are recieved I sit in front the SSL 9000J and track out each stem to seperate channels in Studio A and listen to the reference track, and at a low volume, I begin the mix.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I am one of the managers as well as an audio engineer at 17 Hertz studio in North Hollywood. It is a 24- hour duplex studio in the heart of the North Hollywood Arts District.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Manny Marroquin, Timbaland, Mike and Keys, James Royo, J-rich, Teddy Riley.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
My most common workflow is tracking and then mixing the artist that I am working with. I do this because more control of the recording almost always means a better mix in my opinion.