Analog or digital and why?
Different toys that give you different options. Sometimes you are trying to get a sound that can only be done using 3 or 4 plugins and other times you want a sound that you KNOW that a certain piece of gear can give you. It's all about being focused on what you want, and if something gives it to you...who cares if it's digital, analog, cheap or expensive? People are not going to judge that, they are going to judge if the song's sound tells the story its supposed to.
What's your typical work process?
I use to listen to some demos of the tracks when it's possible and make my notes about ideas that come to my mind, what works better, what makes the song stronger... From that I try to be in contact with the artist as much as possible and if there are any changes I would like to add to the song, discuss them with him, play the song with that changes or try different ones till they feel comfortable with what they are going to record. Once that's done I just let fun happen on the studio, trying to record any idea that comes around just in case it works at anytime. I like to review the song one or two days before tracking, just to see if I miss something or if everything sounds good to me.
Then I try to give me almost a two days break before mixing the song. It helps me to hear the song with fresh ears again and change my mood from producer to mixer. Once I feel happy with my mix I call the artist, we make the revisions and...done!
Tell us about your studio setup.
My setup is mainly used for mixing an producing. I like to move fast on studio to capture ideas as they go on, so everything is ready to fire at anytime inspiration hits.
I have the typical Pro Tools HD2 rig with outboard preamps (1072, UA610, Focusrite...) that give me all kind of flavours.
As I own all UA plugins (and a bunch of Waves, Slate Digital... ones too) I can mix ITB having almost infinite options to fit each song sound. That doesn't mean I dont use any outboard fear, like my dbx160 compressor. Next step will be adding an analog summing mixer to my rig.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Names are ok, having good gear is ok... But make sure you are not just a number or a chance to add some money to someone else count. Look for someone who cares about you and your music, that's the one that will give you a song you will be proud of.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Anyone who is passionate about his music. Those are the ones you can always learn more and the ones with the biggest smile once they hear the final result.
What's your strongest skill?
Understanding each artist. Getting to think like him to bring the song the feeling he is trying to tell the world.
What do you bring to a song?
An external point of view. Sometimes when we write a song we are "too in love" to see if something is not really working of if we are not giving the right role to a certain thing. It's difficult to give a bad word about a son, right?
So I try to give a humble, non-destructive oppinion and focus the effors of everyone in the project to get to the same point. I put all my knowledge on the table, to get the smallest idea as big as possible both sound and arrangement, but I like to be someone that count +1 into the project. No matter what my preferences are, it's not my song nor my story, so I always propose things, but the artist takes the final decision.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Michael Brauer, Eddie Kramer, Andy Wallace... Just to say some...
As musicians, Queen opened the door to a whole new world for me when I was a kid. They are the perfect example of how a band can play all kind of stuff without losing their identity.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Music production and mixing. Usually start working time before tracking, to find the right direction for the project wich everybody will feel happy with.