I've spent most of my life around music and somehow I found myself in music production. I suppose it comes at no surprise. My parents raised my brothers and I on music. I grew up taking piano lessons, performing in concert band, pep band, and jazz band. I started my first rock band when I was 16 years old and fell in love with the culture. However, growing up in a small town in Southeast Kansas has its disadavantages for rockers with geographical restrictions. Convincing your father to lend you his mini-van to travel 120 miles to Kansas City is a hard bargain. I'm not sure how prolific my debating skills were at 17 years old, but I eventually convinced my dad to allow such journeys, and that was the start of my musical freedom. I was introduced to the world of Rock N' Roll!
Years later I ended up here in Houston. My wife and I have lived in this amazing city for roughly 3 years; give or take. This city was a culture shock! With roughly 6 million people within the entire metropolitan, we were introduced to HEB and it's endless grocery possibilities. Needless to say, I soon realized my aspirations of making a profession in music was possible. I spent most of my life working for this opportunity, against all odds and all the negative remarks musicians face from the world around them. I don't think my situation is any different from musicians who happen to be rasied in large urban areas; however, I do think the disadvantages small town life adds to what some percieve the impossible, has added weight.
Being a do-it-yourself, or DIY musician is a difficult task. It's not for the faint of heart. It takes individuals who are not only hard-working, talented musicians, but it also takes the will power to stay motivated in an ever changing market. DIY musicians deserve the same respect as any hard-working business owner or entrepeneur. The tasks they face are equal to the trials and tribulations businesses face on the day to day basis. With that being said, I too have been a DIY musician and I applaud you all for your sacrifices! Without musicians, the whole industry would crumble. I too, have been behind the reigns and have booked successful tours and recorded records that I'm very proud of. I've grinded my way through this world for the sake of music. My passion for music, for imagination, for creative development, for production, have molded me into the man I am today, which have provided me the opportunities leading me to become a proud owner of a recording studio!
I started practicing the art of music production almost 10 years ago. I quickly found that I enjoy manipulating sound from the very begining. The idea that I can take a microphone with a particular frequency response, along with its placement, can drastically improve or destroy the characteristics of a sound source excited me! It's a powerful tool when harnessed correctly and utterly depressing when performed incorrectly. Nevertheless, with every recording mistake, we have the opportunity to learn the importance of trial and error.
My motivation behind producing records is completely based around the artist. My intentions are to help cultivate, motivate, and generate a sound that takes their ideas to a level exceeding their own imagination, which in turn translates to a final product that captivates and excites the listener. In other words, the artist and I work together to transform and manipulate space and time, so people may become entranced and fixated on a world created by the imagination of the artist. If I do my job correctly, the music speaks for itself, yet has a quality and sound, unachievable by anyone else. The elements engineers and producers bring to a song are incomparable to anything else. Each record producer has his or her quirks that help music jump right out of the speakers and smack the listener in the face!
My whole existence is revolving around the simple pleasure of music while helping musicians translate their ideas into tangible forms, readily available for listening, and I think that's rad!