Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
That's like asking me to choose between my kids. I love all the projects I work on - the feedback and knowing you just made someones day is a feeling second to none, and every time I feel like part of the team.
What are you working on at the moment?
My own bands second album!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
No, but only because I'm brand new here.
Analog or digital and why?
Each has their place. Gun to my head I'd say digital sue to the sheer flexibility - but then you can't really beat the sound of a well saturated vocal through an 1176!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That you will get my undivided attention and the very best that I can offer - nothing more.
What do you like most about your job?
All of it. I live and breathe music and I'm fascinated by working with all kinds of music from diverse bands. Each project differs from the last and that can only be good for the soul.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: What equipment do you use?
A: Not telling you.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That lots of big expensive gear = better sound. I believe creativity trumps equipment every time and if you know your setup, you can achieve anything.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Name a band you'd love to sound like - how do you feel about some creative licence during the mixing/production?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be clear about the sound you want - The only thing I'm not confident in is extra sensory perception!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Acoustic Guitar, decent condenser mic, stand, 8 track digital recorder and solar panel (how else am I gonna power this stuff? :P)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been a musician since I was 6 (so the best part of 30 years).
How would you describe your style?
Whatever you want it to be ;)
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would love to work with either Muse or the Foo Fighters. I love their creative approaches and the willingness to try anything.
Can you share one music production tip?
Rubbish in = rubbish out. Do your research and record your instruments well (and play them tightly!).
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop and Pop-Rock. It's the music I mostly made my whole life and the genres I have an ear for
What's your strongest skill?
I'd say it's the ability to see where a song will end up before I've finished listening to it. I have 95% of the process planned out in my head within 2 minutes usually.
What do you bring to a song?
Life, Punch and energy. I love to bring things to the fore without destroying dynamics
What's your typical work process?
Take on board what the artist wants, listen with clean ears then do my very best. I then go back to the artist, take on board comments and get back to it - rinse and repeat until it's right for the artist.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I don't own a massive £100,000 studio, nor do I use any state of the art equipment. But what I do have I know like the back of my hand and to me, that's more important. I genuinely believe I would to a better job on the equipment I have than if I sat in Chris Lord-Alge's chair!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm inspired by all of them, as cliche as that sounds. I have inspirations in all areas and it's too tough to narrow down (sorry)
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing for pop and rock. Also some additional instruments such as guitar and percussion.