What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
It all starts with discussing the project and going from there. Sometimes blocking out one day in the studio is enough for some projects like voiceover work - other times you might need a whole week or more if you are doing an EP or full length album. For mixing, it can largely depend on the workload, editing and mixing have kind of spilled over into each other these days when working digitally and defining the scope of the project is very important.
Once everyone is on the same page, the deposit is paid, the time is booked, and we hit the studio. I keep things very simple by trying to stick to flat rates for the most part with no hidden fees or extra charges. I appreciate knowing costs upfront and I want to treat my clients the same way.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've had years of real world experience running sessions and live concerts and that is knowledge you cannot get anywhere else. I am totally self taught in the audio field. Fortunately for you, I am one of those weirdos that finds manufacturer white papers and technical manuals more interesting than reading fiction. I have spent countless hours, and then MORE countless hours just reading and experimenting with audio in order to educate myself. I love learning new things, or new ways to improve workflow and results.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I do have an affordable hourly rate and also offer discounts for blocking out multiple consecutive days at the studio, but pricing depends very much on your project. I will try my best to fit your budget!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I got into playing music when I was 15 and it became an obsession. It wasn't long until I started recording friends at home and I just haven't stopped no matter how broke it's made me!
What types of customers have you worked with?
On the recording side, I typically work with local and regional acts. I do have professional audio experience running either front of house or monitors for hundreds of 'chart-topping' artists and I also deal with large corporate clients fairly often. If you absolutely need to know specifics, just ask me - I've done a lot of work and there's plenty of fun stories!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm quite proud of the latest Genki Geni Panic project - the 'Spooky Fingers' EP. We tracked it all very quickly and I believe the whole project was done - mixing, mastering and all - in less than a week. Honestly I would rather have more time, but overall I think it turned out pretty good and the reviews have been stellar.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The absolute number one factor is attitude. You want someone that understands you and your project's needs and is willing to put in the work to make it as good as it can be.
Honesty is another important factor - If I don't feel a project or client is right for me, I'm going to try my best to refer them to someone that might work with them, but otherwise I would be wasting both of time if I took that job.
Other than that, make sure you listen to samples of an engineer's work to make sure you like it and it suits your particular project. Talk to them and make sure you are fully confident in their abilities.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Define your project goals and be realistic about the time and budget necessary to accomplish them. There are many ways to tackle an audio project, so definitely feel free to ask me anything you may have questions about.
If you want to save money, make sure your songs are ready to go. That means your lyrics and parts are already written, arranged, and you have some sort of demo recording. A demo does not have to sound good, it can be just a cellphone recording - it just serves as a reference for the final version you are coming into record.
Make sure you are well rehearsed and do not have to change parts around for them to fit the songs - if you are a full band, make sure everyone (EVERYONE) can perform their parts almost instinctively. Rehearse a song every week for six months straight if that's what it takes for everyone to nail their parts.
Just performing is not enough - there needs to be CONFIDENCE in your performance. This is a byproduct of being able to perform the song without thinking. If you have been trying to tackle a part for weeks and just can't get it, you probably need to change the part to fit your skills. This is nothing to be ashamed of and if you come in the studio with a part you can't nail, it will suck up time, and the song will probably suffer as a result of a performance that is not at it's best. You want to be able to hit it within one or two takes! For singers, this means not having to read lyrics while singing, anytime your brain has to do two things at once, both things have to compromise. Not reading while singing will let you focus on hitting the notes, staying in time, and delivering the most emotional impact, all important!