I am looking to grow my skills as a mixer, producer and session musician. I have 25+ years of experience as an amateur musician, song writer and mixer. Let's help each other get to where we want to go!
I have played bass for 25+ years - everything from pop/rock to fusion and jazz. I specialize in transforming song ideas into full blown songs, with an ear for unique sonic footprint. In my studio, I have the ability to record bass, guitar (electric and acoustic), piano, keys/synths, programmed drums, drum beats/loops and just about any other sonic option you could want. My goal with every project is to help push the song to a better place than where it started.
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Interview with The Juiced Goose
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working with 2 local song-writers to help get ideas arranged, recorded and published.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both - Use the right tool for the job. Analog does some things better and digital does other things better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If I don't know how to do it, I will learn it.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always leave people wanting more in your song. If you overplay a hook or shred too fast, then there is no incentive to come back and listen to it again and again.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Only need one, My Acoustic (Larrivee JCL-03). I have written and worked out more hooks, songs and melodies on this instrument than just about everything else I won combined.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing bass when I was 10 years old. Joined a southern-rock cover band when I was 11 and have been playing, writing and recording ever since. Most of my work has been amateur/local work. But, I was able to record in Yackland Studios for PJ Summers Band in 2009.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am equal parts hard-edged, liquid funk and cool breeze.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Dann Huff. I have tremendous respect for his playing style, production talents and just seems like an overall cool guy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Capture the emotion. If the sound makes you think or feel something, who cares what technique you are using.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically, I am in pop-rock or hard rock genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Arranging and production. I have a lot of experience working with younger, less experienced musicians to help them enhance their songs using their own talent.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring knowledge of a wide variety of music styles, a passion for great music, 25+ years of listening to, studying and performing music. I analyze songs from a variety of perspectives to milk as much potential out of them as I can. I find it energizing to take a nugget of an idea and watch it blossom into a song that makes people move and sing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to start with a good song foundation - a hook, a melody or even just a great lyric. I then look to the emotion we are trying to capture - happy, sad, angry, frustrated, confused, etc. I then listen for sounds, rhythms and textures that enhance that feeling. From there, its just a matter of capturing good performances and good tones.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For recording electric guitars I can record through a custom built SLO-style 50W head that ranges from crystal clean to full-on heavy metal. I usually run this through a custom made 1x12 cab loaded with a Weber Legacy 65W speaker or a custom made open-back 2x12 loaded with WGS speakers. For lower-wattage stuff I have a custom made, single-channel Dumble/Deluxe Reverb hybrid that I can also run into any of the cabs. I have an assortment of handmade pedals ranging from fuzz/overdrive to reverb/delay. I can mic with anything from a standard SM57 to an C414-style clone mic. I also have a NoHype Ribbon mic (built like the old RCA ribbons) that sounds great on clean electric. These mics I run into an API-style Capi VP312 preamp, into my Focusrite Scarlett 18i8. For DI electric, I use a combination of AmpliTube 4, Black Rooster Audio, Aurora DSP and Waves Amp Sims/plugins. Currently I have a custom-made Warmoth Tele with humbuckers and a no name "LP Special" style guitar with P-90s. For bass, I record DI and use a combination of AmpliTube 4, Aurora DSP, Waves and Brainworx amp sims/plugins to generate amp tones. I find myself preferring DI bass with judicious use of amp tone (depending on style of course). I have a ridiculous amount of great sounding distortion/saturation plugins that I find very effective on DI bass to help give it some weight. I have custom-made Warmoth "Gecko" 5 string and a Fender P-bass. Great overall bass tones that cover a wide variety. For Acoustic, I record using my C414-style clone mic, the NoHype Ribbon Mic (and cloudlifter pre) or a variety of other Large/Small Diaphragm Condensers. I usually go direct into the API-style preamp but I have also had great results going directly in the Focusrite. Depends on the sound I'm after. After recording, I usually add slight amounts of stereo reverb to widen (again depending on what I'm after). I have a Larrivee JCL-03 that sounds great as an overall acoustic. For Drum Programming, I use Superior Drummer 3.0 with several .SDX expansions and loads of midi clips. When using SD3, I dump the individual drum tracks into the session, so they can be mixed just like real drums. For synth/keys, I use a 61 key controller to drive Addictive Keys, Blue3 (for B3 tones) and IK Multimedia Sample Tank and miscellaneous synths from Waves and others. When mixing, I use a combination of headphones and near-field monitors for mixing and tracking. The near-fields have been calibrated in my room for the optimal listening position. I have a full suite of plugins from Waves, IK Multimedia, Boz Digital Labs, Aurora DSP, and others.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Favorite musicians/groups in no particular order: Steve Lukather, Dann Huff, Ian Thornley, Big Wreck, Kansas, Neal Morse Band, Gable Price and Friends, Donovan Woods, Patrick Droney, Periphery, Dream Theater, Joe Bonamassa, King's X, Boston, Jacob Collier, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Big, The Dead Daisies, Van Halen, Yes, Pablo Mendonca, Pat Metheny, Mark Tremonti, Greta Van Fleet, The Milk, Rabea Massaad, Lincoln Brewster, Rich Mullins. Favorite Music pros: Kevin Shirley, Rick Beato, Michael Brauer, Brendan O'Brien, Greg Morrow, Mike Brignardello
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A majority of my work consists of taking song ideas and transforming them into full songs. This ranges from adding those necessary performance touches to transform a song all the way to full-blown deconstruct and rebuild. Often times, I will record bass and program drums using pro software to get a real rhythm section feel without the real rhythm section price or recording hassle.