Picking up an acoustic guitar at 5 then scoring my first real electric guitar for my 9th birthday, a 30 year love affair with music began. 3 years later I convinced my grandfather to buy me a four-track cassette recorder at my local Sam Ash. I would sit for hours recording and overdubbing. Just plugging stuff in and figuring out how to record. When I finally got to jam with other people it was a revelation. I started recording my first band at our first rehearsal and honed my basic recording chops by trial and error along with cheap gear and some duct tape. My friends and I threw ourselves into the NJ Hardcore and Punk scene of the mid 90's. Forming an indie label and throwing shows, I wanted to be immersed in the music community.
Channel surfing after school In the heyday of local cable access television I stumbled upon a show being filmed at a recording studio and it was only one town over from my house! Tacher Studios in Middlesex, NJ. I showed up at their door and told them I wanted to learn how to record. I lucked out and the owner Tee DiMura took me under his wing. It was an old school 16 track analog 70's studio with floor to ceiling shag carpet and the smell of cigarettes in the air. I spent all four years of high school spending afternoons learning as much as I could about recording and mixing. I went through reel after reel of songs when the studio was between sessions. Just pushing up faders and plugging in gear. I learned all of the fundamentals and then some during this period.
It was Avatar Studios(The Power Station) that gave me my first real taste of what it’s like working with big names in the music industry. At 19-years-old I scored a 3 month unpaid internship that turned into 4 years on staff at this legendary facility. Everyday I was in awe while learning from Grammy winning engineers and producers. Al Schmidt, Jack Joseph Puig, Michael Brauer, Jason Corsaro, Neil Dorfsman, and Rich Costey were some the greats I got to watch perform their craft. Along the way I made a lot of mistakes but got corrected by some of the best engineers in the world. It was better than any huge student loans could pay for today. 5 studios all buzzing with talent at the same time. It was inspiring and intimidating. The years I spent at Avatar still influenced the rest of my life.
After 4 years of running, assisting was burning me out and I wanted to make the move to freelance. I had a couple of indie records lined up and then by a chance meeting I got a gig mixing monitors for the NBC Today Show. I never mixed anything live before but got thrown right into the fire my first show mixing Elvis Costello. At the same time with an inherent gravitational pull towards my recording studio roots I signed on as a staff engineer at Granite Alps Studios in NJ and later as Chief Engineer at Fenix Studios in Staten Island, NY. During that time I worked with Living Colour, James Blood Ulmer, Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Hall and Oates), Wu Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean plus lots of indepenent rock and pop artists. While at Fenix I also had the opportunity to mix jingles for television, radio, as well as tracks that would end up in major motion pictures.
At Just 27 I took on the role of Broadcast Music Mixer for the NBC TODAY SHOW. Mixing the 5.1 Surround Sound on air-mixes that millions watch daily along with millions of streams on the net. It has been an incredible ride. During my time at NBC I have worked with a cornucopia of artists such as Adele, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Robert Plant, Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift, John Mellencamp, among many others. Mixing 200+ performances a year of every genre of music TODAY has been like a mixing bootcamp. Everyday I'm challenged to mix a different style song at a fast pace under intense conditions. Then add on top of it most of the time it's a hit song that people know well. So now not only do I have to work fast but I have to compete with the mix from the record that everybody knows. It has really made me up my mixing game. After mixing 4,000 plus songs by almost 1,500 artists I feel like I have the experience to help any artist take their song to the next level.
After a few years away from the record business to focus on television I could not resist my urge to get back into the studio. Having recently completed my personal mix room "Stone House Studios" I have started mixing records again, My goal is to be able to deliver high quality mixes to major and independent artists alike. Looking towards the future but thinking about the past. I have built my room with multiple cameras, screen shots, and streaming audio. This way I can help create the artist's vision in realtime even while working remotely. So many of our favorite records were made with everyone in a room together. While that is not always possible I want to try and bring as much of that to every session that I can. Please fill out a quote form and we can discuss your upcoming project.