What are you working on at the moment?
PET ENVY EP 2, Jon and The Aches EP, mixing for my amazing girlfriend and producer Femke
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
John Thomasson (bass) and Hubert Payne (drums) are both awesome at what they do.
Analog or digital and why?
Hybrid. I love the recallability of digital for working on revisions over time just as much as I love the tiny musical inconsistencies that are inherent in analog circuitry and just make stuff sound bigger.
What do you like most about your job?
I love obsessing over music, finding the details and making sure they are felt.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
There is no such thing as magic. There is hard work, intense focus, and attention to detail.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is most important to you about your sound?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Macbook Pro, Apollo, RE-20, SM57, and a solar array for AC :-)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started my career in Nashville in 2006, working for a live sound company doing gigs while always hustling to get better in the studio. I worked as an Apprentice Engineer at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville for a couple of years, learning how some of the best in the business get sounds, run sessions, and finish mixes. 9 years later I'm capturing bands either in my house or in studios around Nashville, working with bands to find their sounds and get them released. I also tour mixing front of house and broadcast for country vocal group Little Big Town. If you have heard them on TV I was responsible for how it sounded.
How would you describe your style?
I want my style to amplify yours. Great production and mixing are only possible on top of a foundation of solid songwriting and performance, I will augment your talents and focus your direction.
Can you share one music production tip?
Metering is crucial in mixing. Every time you are working, you should at least one consistent meter that you are referencing, and you should know where the peaks should be hitting and where the power of the sounds are pulsing.
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing is my strongest skill, I love finding the balance and flow of voices in a mix to draw attention in the right moments and keep focus throughout.
What's your typical work process?
I start by simply balancing
Tell us about your studio setup.
My home is my studio, the control room is a digital mixing and analog summing playground where I spend way too much time. Or maybe just enough. Probably way too much. I mix in Pro Tools, in the final stages summing through a 16 channel analog console and massaging with a Drawmer 1968 on the way back into the Apollo.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I am usually producing recordings from the ground up through completion. This includes engineering and creative guidance through the recording, editing, mixing and mastering processes.