I’m guessing that if you’re reading this you are about as passionate about your music as I am about music in general.
Working with bands and musicians has been my passion for over 20 years now but has been in my blood since birth. My earliest memories are watching my mom sing in the lounge of the Sonesta Beach Hotel in Bermuda where the drummer would let me play after the guest had left. I didn’t know it yet but even back then my musical interest was more on how everything fit together than on playing the drums. It wasn’t until I was 8 that this was revealed to me during a recording session in Denmark.
1983 was a very significant year. It was the year that my mom got signed to CBS Records and the two of us left the tropical island of Bermuda and moved to less tropical country of Denmark. Back then, barely anybody in Denmark spoke english and my know no one so she would drag me along to rehearsals, pre-production sessions and recording session. The band members, producers and engineers would always be surprised at how content I would seem just watching the process but secretly, I was playing a game to see if I could guess the changes that they would make before they made them. I didn’t think of it as producer training but it would prove to be very useful in the future.
Fast forward to 1997, I’ve recorded a few bands, made some crude musical arrangements, done a few years of college and my family had moved to Vancouver Canada. At that point I had been a true computer musician where I had progressed from making music on a Commodore 128 to the Amiga to a 486 (most of you have no idea what these computers are :-)). However in 1997 I decided to take music more seriously and bought a Pentium powered PC, a turntable, a midi enabled casio keyboard, an Akai S900 sampler, Cubase and all the records I could get my hands on (sampling was still illegal but more common). I quickly began to produce, make beats and record funk bands, rappers and RnB groups from Vancouver, Seattle and Toronto in small punkish style studios.
Up until this point all of my recording education had come from an endless cycle of finding books, reading, experimenting and asking engineers. Eventually, the books started saying the same things and in 1999 I decided that I should probably go to school for this. A friend of mine was attending Columbia Academy at the time so I checked it out and enrolled. While attending the school I was offered a studio space in what was Profile Sound Studios which I accepted and thus ended what I had until then know as sleep. My life consisted of nothing but recording school and recording.
Upon graduating, I accepted a teacher’s assistant position at Columbia Academy which turned into a 10 year teaching career. In addition to teaching I would often record various bands after school hours and on weekends. The school turned out to be a great learning experience because in addition to having to teach and correctly answer students questions I was exposed to projects that I otherwise wouldn’t have been. Projects such as location sound for T.V. shows, recording a symphony orchestra and various other orchestras, post production for short films and T.V. and recording countless genres of music. Now as a freelance engineer, music still remains one of my greatest pleasures in life. There is nothing like pressing record and being a part of creating great music. I still play the same game that I played while watching my mom rehearse and record, only now I get to share it with you.