About this pro
23 years in business
1 hire on Thumbtack
Dave is not only a hard working engineer, he is a very talented and versatile musician, which made him the perfect one-stop shop for several albums. A great collaborator who loves to experiment but also one of those rare creatives who can stay focused while keeping things fun. A total professional who takes great pride in his work and an absolute joy to work with.Dec 17, 2015
David was fantastic to work with. He helped produce audition material for a jr. High level competition, but was just as professional and detail oriented as if were producing a professional piece. Couldn't have asked for more!Nov 27, 2015Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My base price is $75/hour for the studio. Rates will decrease to $70/hour if we book 3 hours or more. Assuming I'm "producing" and creating the instrumentation (guitar, keyboards, drums, etc) I charge an al a carte fee of $160/song for everything. This fee is only charged once per song, even if I'm still adding instruments on another day. When you book a studio you typically hire outside musicians. Most studio musicians get $100/hour. I'm basically your "on call" studio musician that is all set up ready to go for one flat rate!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I like to know what kind of recording project you have in mind prior to booking a session just to make sure I'm the right guy for the job. That means having a phone conversation or personal meeting prior to the session. I'll be happy to go over any questions or concerns you might have as well as help give you a realistic estimate on costs. Every project I do is different. Some things are just a simple voice over recording and others are a full length CD. Once we establish what it is you'd like to do we go from there.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I've studied music since the age of 5, starting on guitar, then piano and Clarinet. I was first chair Clarinet in our high school band at the age of 14 as well as worked in an active bar band playing guitar. I played in a Florida with the rock band "Dorian Gray" who featured then drummer Jani Lane (who later became the singer for the multi-platinum band Warrant). I studied music at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. After school I worked as a full time guitar teacher for many years while starting learn how to record and produce music. I've now been recording full time since 1995. I play many instruments which include:Guitar, Piano, 5 string bass, mandolin, Dobro and lap Steel, harmonica, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Lead and Backing Vocals, and, various hand percussion instruments.