After 2 years of working in professional studios I began building a home studio with the purpose of recording and mixing demos for bands and songwriters in 2000. All I had were a pair of adats, a 16 channel Mackie mixer, an Alesis Midiverb, and a rack of the cheapest eq's and compressors money could buy. I got decent results by using my ears and not over-doing things. Since then I've upgraded the equipment. I've also gone through so many phases of chasing a style of recording, achieving it, then moving onto the next. The technology has changed a lot as well, and that has improved my attitude toward mixing with a mouse as well as it's improved my workflow.
Since I began mixing sound for film my all around philosophy as an engineer has shifted toward creating very dynamic and detailed pictures with sound. I no longer put anything on the master buss until I feel the mix will stand on its own as if it were mastered. Mixing for film has given me a keen ear for what the human voice, the first instrument, should sound like in a variety of spaces.
It's possible I wear too many different hats as I'm also a composer, songwriter, arranger, guitarist, singer, and sound designer. Like I've said, I'm a workaholic. I never want to stop learning. But, the end result is always the master. Like someone going through an obstacle course, I'm always keeping the end in mind.
I have no designs on being a huge star or being showered with respect, adoration, or acceptance from anyone. I just want to earn a living while doing the best work I possibly can and to be surrounded by people I enjoy.
I've had the pleasure of working closely with some supremely talented people and have helped many new artists get started. I try to bring an old school twist to modern music. I'm patient and fearless. I draw on experience, passion, and intuition when it comes to painting with sound. This makes me a driving force and major part of every project on which I work.