I recently started working with a young artist named Sam Nitsch – a great songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – it’s so much fun working with him, he’s a good kid. Also, I grew up in Minneapolis, MN, where I was able to work with and learn from some of the greatest musicians. It is my favorite music city and I’m proud to have made my start there.
I split my time between recording and mixing – always at Power Station New England.
Thanks to my dad, I started when I was a young kid with playing bass guitar. I was a terrible player. I went to a music production school where I met producers, James “Fluff” Harley and Matt Kirkwold. They really taught me what it takes to record music, I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Also, Justin DeLeon and Rocky Rosga spent countless nights and into the morning teaching me consoles and microphones, but most importantly they are amazing people that I was privileged to be around and learn from. Then I lived out of my car for a few years – that’s when I learned how to live as a studio rat.
On the technical side - dealing with monitoring that is not accurate seems to be one of the biggest issues I have run into. That provides a lot of opportunity to make a lot of bad sonic decisions. Having a room that I am familiar with, speakers I love and headphones to reference helps a lot. Also, having great musicians that have fun fixes most problems in the studio.
I use a lot of ribbon and tube microphones. Power Station New England has an old U47 that has turned into my favorite mic, I use it almost every day. I track with PMC IB1S-A speakers and my Audeze LCD-X cans. I am about to start a record with Chuck Leah – his life story could be a best-seller and probably mistaken for fiction – he has a guitar named Ophelia that is incredible to record.
“Because your livelihood depends on it, you have a better day at the office than most.”
One of the most important parts about recording music is making sure everyone involved in the process is comfortable. It’s pretty tough to be comfortable if what you’re hearing isn’t inspiring – So I’ve always been searching for the best possible headphones for tracking. I reference every mix I do in my LCD-X headphones... it’s become a natural part of my workflow.