Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Midnight Beach LP. I produced and mixed it. I'm proud of it because it required an employment of a lot of different production and mixing techniques. It's an eclectic album.
What are you working on at the moment?
Just finished Midnight Beach LP, released July 14, 2017.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Analog is great, but digital is so much more convenient and takes up less space.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'm a slave to the songs. The music informs me, but ultimately, it's their songs.
What do you like most about your job?
Collaborating with great artists and musicians.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How long it's going to take. Depends on how many tracks.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That producing is DJ-ing and remixing. Cracks me up!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What their expectations are, what artists they want to sound like, or albums they appreciate on a sonic level.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be open and communicate.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A boat, a life jacket, a fishing pole, a casting net, and a solar powered satellite phone. I'm not a gear slut, I'm all about the "how to".
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started as a singer songwriter, also played bass in a band. I wanted to record some demos to shop, and fell in love with the recording and production process. I realized I didn't want to be a performer, but I wanted to make music. This lead me to producing local artists.
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Twenty One Pilots. I love that they're not bound by genre. They just make the music they want to make.
Can you share one music production tip?
Listen to a lot of music, and listen for the things that you don't consciously hear, but the things you feel. Like that little triangle sound panned to right.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Electronic, alternative rock. Some dance.
What's your strongest skill?
Mixing. Probably because I take a producer approach to it.
What do you bring to a song?
I don't try to add stuff to songs. I listen for holes, where something needs to be. I hear what's not there, yet.
What's your typical work process?
It really depends on the project. Rock bands and acts like that, I usually start work pre production, rehearsing and hammering out parts before hitting the studio. Singer song writers can be more of a collaborative effort so we nail down their vision and vibe.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Mostly work in the box, when it comes to mixing. Plenty of outboard options for sounds for production, though, as well as plug in options. Komplete series.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Danger Mouse, Greg Kurstin and Alex Da Kidd. Their variety is enviable. In a good way, though.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I usually am asked to produce and mix my clients songs. They usually have some embryo of a song and I help them flesh out their vision, whether that means going and recording live instruments at a recording studio or me making beats and programming MIDI parts. Whatever it takes. It also frequently results with me mixing the projects, although I'll gladly mix a project that I had no production or creative input in.