What are you working on at the moment?
Mixing and mastering, helping artists choose track listings for upcoming projects, recording, file management for crazy Logic sessions that are being converted to Pro Tools, some lightweight production
Analog or digital and why?
Both. In the end 99% of people can get the result they want in either medium provided they know what they're doing.
What do you like most about your job?
I love working on music. I don't ever want to go back to doing anything else. This is my passion.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That you can fix everything in the mix. You get what you put into it. You bake the cake, I just decorate it.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Reach out! Let's talk and get on the same page before you make any big decisions. If you feel like it's not the right fit, no worries.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Dr. Dre. He does it all and is a master at his craft.
Can you share one music production tip?
The better it sounds before I get the song, the better the mix will be. So if two instruments are fighting each other, it's best to change one if you can. If your sending me vocals that are already recorded, give the best performance you can give. Everything else will fall into place after that.
What type of music do you usually work on?
What's your strongest skill?
Communication. As an engineer I have to understand the artist and what they want to be able to deliver the best mix that I can.
What do you bring to a song?
The artist brings the song. What I bring is an enthusiasm to bring out the best in the song that helps everyone else to be just as enthusiastic about your music as you are.
What's your typical work process?
First I want to know how you hope the listeners receive your song. Is it a party song? Intimate? Is there a certain instrument you really want to feature? If you have examples of how you want the mix to sound (whether just like another song or something like just the reverb from a certain song) then that's always good to know too so we can be on the same page. From there I listen through the song once so I can hear how it matches with how you want it be, and then I go from there. Once the first version of the mix is done, I'll send it over and we can discuss if there are any changes you'd like to make.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Typically the studios I work in have various analog equipment, no two being quite the same. They all usually have a wide array of plug-ins that suit almost every session I am sent. My home set up includes UA plugins, NS-10s, Event ASP8s and multiple DAWs including Pro Tools, Logic and Ableton.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Mixed By Ali, Russ Elevado, Rudy Van Gelder
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Editing, mixing and mastering songs they have recorded at home