If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Is there power? Haha. Assuming no, id take my taylor acoustic
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Ive been playing professionally since i was 16, always freelancing since then. Ive been producing and arranging for 14 years on many different levels.
How would you describe your style?
Soulful and bluesy. I've always been inspired by the 'less-is-more' and melodic players. Wether it's RnB, Pop, Blues, Rock
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I've actually had the privilege of working with some of my musical influences and it's an amazing feeling. I would love to work with (in whatever capacity) with Israel Houghton, Jonny Lang, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Luis Miguel, Chance the Rapper, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, and list goes on!
Can you share one music production tip?
Be a documentarian. Get as much information from your artist, ask all kinds of questions and be as open as you can to incorporate every little idea they throw at you. Again, the way you express their ideas is what collaboration is all about!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop and Rock seem to be popular genres at the moment, second to that being Funk and Gospel. I'll get the occasional Country track or Latin track.
What's your strongest skill?
Production and Guitar dubbing are probably my 2 most comfortable roles. Creating and arranging are heavily attached to that and flow smoothly between them.
What do you bring to a song?
Here's how I see it, i can only be me and do what I know how to do. I consider myself a versatile player but with heavy roots in blues, rock and funk so my approach will always have those elements. I will not 'fake the funk' by trying to play something that's above my head, but instead approach the task with my a blend of who i am.
What's your typical work process?
For guitar tracking, i like to play with the song and get acquainted with it as if I was playing it live. Once i'm comfortable, i'll start dubbing. That also determines what guitar and amp the song needs. For Production, the process varies on the client and many conversations :)
Tell us about your studio setup.
I'm currently really into running my electric & acoustics through a Warm Audio Tonebeast to a Distressor into either a Saffire Pro40 or Apogee Duet. My current workhorse mics are Sm7b, Akg214, Charter Oak s700.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm usually inspired by creative and innovative production no matter the genre. At the moment, i'm really into producers like Steve Jordan, Simon Climie, Bob Rock, Raphaael Saadiq, Doyle Bramhall II, Tommy Sims.On the musicians/band end of things, I really dig Maroon 5, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Eric Gales, Alejandro Sanz, Israel Houghton, Phil Wickham and tons more.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common work I do is production and guitar overdubbing. Electric & Acoustics for Pop, Rock, Funk, Latin and Blues.