· How did you get started working in this area? ·
I did an internship at KITS Live 105.3 FM in San Francisco back in 2000. Just talking with so many musicians at that job gave me inspiration to start working with local independent musicians on their recordings. I got a laptop and some recording gear and spent a lot of late nights in garages and living rooms. We recorded all sorts of music from Reggae to Speed Metal and everything in between.
I got so much experience at this job that I took out a loan and established a physical location for the studio. There I worked on producing albums and helping musicians craft their sound. As the years passed, I started to teach some up and coming engineers how to refine their ears and start focusing on how to mix music. I’ve now taught over 50 engineers how to be successful in the music industry and I’ve even offered for a few of them to work directly at my studio.
· Where do you find inspiration for your work? ·
I attend many local concerts and listen to a lot of indie music. It’s always good to have some new sounds grace your ears and it gives me a new perspective on what people are composing and listening to these days. There will always be an element of the past in music, but it’s the new cutting edge sounds that always intrigue me and fuel my passion for working in the music industry.
· What’s a project you’ve done that you’re proud of? ·
I’m quite proud of all the projects that I’ve worked on. There have been a few that I’ve taken under my wing and really invested a lot of time into producing. I’m currently working with a R&B vocalist from Phoenix, AZ. He’s got so much soul and emotion in his lyrics that it almost brings everyone to tears. It’s been an extreme pleasure to work on music that has so much potential to make a tremendous impact on the world.
· What tools do you use? Have a favorite? ·
Pro Tools HD is my primary software program. I’ve invested over 20 years working with the program and know it inside and out. I’m also very attached to my 3rd party plugins that go with the software and allow me to sculpt and design the sound to my liking.
· What’s your workspace like? ·
The studio is the entire first floor of my home. I’ve designed the space to be inspirational and professional.
· Favorite spot in the Bay Area? ·
I love going to A’s games at the Coliseum. I’ve been attending A’s games since 1989 when my father would take me to go see the A’s. He would buy tickets for the games and then surprise me with them after school. I grew to love baseball and now attend games with my younger brother on a regular basis.
· What music do you work to? ·
I work to whatever the client brings in. The best part about my job is that I’m always listening to new music. Being the one that gets to shape that music is even more rewarding than I could ever imagine.
· What have you always wanted to try? ·
I’ve always wanted to buy an ATV and just go make my own trails out in the wilderness.