Analog or digital and why?
I think a mix of the best gear from both worlds makes the best sound, In short- take advantages of the advantages of both and leave behind the disadvantages.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would really like to work with Nolly Getgood from Periphery and Brendan Obrien. The former because I have enjoyed everything Periphery has put out and Nolly has tracked and mixed a lot of their own music in the past few years and he has excellent taste. I have always loved the sound of all the rock acts that I grew up listening to and many of them were mixed by brendan obrien. I love his style.
Can you share one music production tip?
Compression is like alcohol, a little in moderation makes everything awesome- but too much will destroy the mix.
What's your strongest skill?
To kind of reiterate my last answer- I believe my strongest skill is listening; listening to both the client and what they want as well as listening to the music they are making and using that to determine how I decide to go about enhancing the sound.
What do you bring to a song?
I specialize in Rock music so I really like hard hitting but resonant drums, I like to provide the right element that I feel the song needs. The only way to do this is by listening! I listen to what direction I feel the song is going or what the artist is trying to sound like and try to help it in that direction in every way possible. A big part of this is reference tracks- what sound do you as the artist want to hear?
What's your typical work process?
I don't know if I could say I have a typical work process- there are things that I do to keep each session organized and efficient, but everything I do is tailored around my clients. If I'm doing drums for a song remotely or mixing a song for a client I would like to hear their ideas first and then I will take their files and go to work, sending samples along the way to ensure I am going in the right direction. I usually provide unlimited revisions, within reason as long as it stays reasonable. I often don't need to do too many though.
Tell us about your studio setup.
my studio is centered around 24 Channel Trident Console. I have a ton of microphones- Some highlights are the Neumann U87, a pair of AKG C414, Sennheiser MD421's, EV RE 20- and many others. I utilize 6 API preamps and 2 BAE Neve 1073 preamps in addition to the 24 trident preamps on my console. I have a 6 piece Tama Drum kit that I do the majority of my tracking on, and a ton of samples for a different sound if the sound of my personal kit is not working for the song. I also have a bunch of high end guitar amplifiers that I use for tracking and re-amping to include a Bogner Uberschall, Bogner Shiva, Diezel Einstein, Mesa Boogie Tremoverb/Rectifier and an EVH 5150iii.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Im a huge fan of David Bendeth's drum work and Ron Saint Germain's work on 311.