① MUSIC PRODUCTION
Music production includes everything that goes into making a hit song: arranging, programming, producing, recording, playing instruments, post production and engineering. When I’m the producer, I cover all of these jobs myself. But I also work a lot for other producers and composers when they need me to arrange, engineer or play instruments. In either case, my goal is to create a radio-friendly record that presents the artist in the best light.
Styles: pop, r&b, edm, dance, country, new age, adult contemporary
Credits: Jennifer Lopez, Anastacia, Pixie Lott, Alyx Ander, Shane 54, Yanni
I mix in a larger than life way. I take the elements that are given to me, and I give back much more. Every project is a new puzzle waiting to be solved, even after 500+ mixes over two decades. I create top 40 style mixes that are wide, punchy, loud, energetic with vocals jumping out of the speakers. I use a hybrid approach combining digital and analog tools.
Styles: pop, r&b, edm, dance, new age, orchestral, film scores
Credits: Armin van Buuren, Matoma, Alyx Ander, Shane 54, Ayaka Hirahara, Sylvia Tosun, Kerli and HBO
③ STEM MASTERING
Legendary mastering engineer Tom Coyne told me in 2001: “Get into mastering! There’s not much I can do to improve your mix”. So I did. I master from stems, which allows me to deliver chartworthy results from less than ideal mixes. My masters match the current trends in sound, energy and loudness so your music can compete in any playlists or on the radio.
I have been certified by Apple and included in their MFiT Providers List to create official ‘Mastered for iTunes’ releases.
Styles: pop. edm, dance, r&b
Credits: Armin van Buuren, Aloe Blacc, Alyx Ander, Shane 54, Kerli
I write songs with artists, songwriters and DJs. Each situation requires me to take on a slightly different role, but there’s one common element: I do whatever it takes to create the best possible song that day. When I write with artists, I want the song to be about who they are and what’s on their mind, so when they perform it, it feels honest and unique. I’ve co-written with some of the best songwriters in the world, including Alexander Geringas, Arnie Roman, Billy Mann, Damon Sharpe, Dimitri Ehrlich, John Bettis, Kara DioGuardi, Keith Follesé, Lindy Robbins, Maria Christensen, Peter Zizzo and Steven Sater.
Styles: pop, r&b, edm, dance, country, world, new age, adult contemporary
Credits: Anastacia, Faith Evans, Shane 54, Jessica Andrews, Lydmor, Sylvia Tosun, Yanni
⑤ VOCAL PRODUCTION
Vocal performance is an essential part of a hit record. I work with singers both musically (performance and vocal coaching) and technically (recording, comping, editing) to get their best performance. Being the son of a master vocal teacher, singing background and lead vocals for many years, and coaching my contestants on X-Factor allows me a deeper understanding of how to achieve an amazing vocal performance and move the audience emotionally.
Styles: pop, r&b, edm, dance, singer/songwriter, adult contemporary
Credits: Janice Dickinson, Kat Graham, Lauren Mayhew, Sylvia Tosun, Pia Toscano
⑥ EDUCATION / PUBLIC SPEAKING
Building on the succesful mentoring in X-Factor, I have been sharing my knowledge in the form of masterclasses, workshops and presentations around the world. Each masterclass includes before / after audio examples, a look into actual Pro Tools sessions, quizzes, lots of real-world know-how and a healthy dose of humor.
Topics: secrets of making hit songs, vocal performance, vocal production, music production, mixing and mastering, songwriting, filmscore mixing & production
Credits: Microsoft, Los Angeles Music Industry Summer Academy, SynthPlex Convention Los Angeles, American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers
⓻ COACHING / MENTORING
From time to time I coach talented artists and producers in one-on-one sessions both online and in person. I also teamed up with Protégé to find and support talent and to provide a quick and easy way to give feedback on their songwriting, music production, mixes and vocal performance.
Topics: vocal performance, music production, mixing and mastering, songwriting