Portfolio, Clients, and Examples
I've had the privilege of being involved in variety of different productions with wonderful professionals from varied backgrounds like indie folk, Christian, country, karaoke, pop, disco, gospel, classical, choral, and ad. I've also enjoyed working in live settings as a musician, accompanist, or sound engineer. Here are a few of my favorites.
Studio-Instrumentalist: TyDi, Doug Kaufman, Dgio, Graham Cochrane, Charles Kossivi, Digitrax, Airgigs
Producer-Engineer: Bill Parish, Mike O'Connor, Tim Harris, Charles Kossivi, Ben Ko, Ferret, Cello, Nick Phelps
Songwriter-Composer: Ferret, Ben Ko, Nick Phelps, Luke Broyles, Muserk
Live-Accompanist: Oakbrook House of Worship, Shomair Yisrael, Grace Christian Center, Sarah Tullock
Live Sound: TedX Strouds Run, Oakbrook House of Worship
Background and Story
I originally got interested in producing because of the many people I knew who had wonderful stories to share through music but could not explore opportunities and connections in the industry because of their family or job. I wanted to be the middle man, to bring raw, unpolished sound to people through the entertainment industry.
However, I quickly realized that an indie model of grassroots distribution would be a better fit compared to mass distribution for the people I wanted to produce. For many of them, all they needed was to record something compelling, share it with their 100 immediate friends and acquaintances, and skip the self-marketing, industry, and social media struggles, and go on with their lives.
So I got all the experience I could in every area I could find. I already had experience in the classical and sacred world as well as an undergraduate foundation in that kind of music, but I needed to explore the world of music production and the industry. I played a songwriter showcase at a Hard Rock in Nashville in front of label reps, played a label showcase with YCR Records, and played on WHAY 98.3 FM radio. I got music on a sync music catalog called Ear Goo, and later networked with a community of producers and composers for sync to learn more. I did session playing for a myriad of people in person and remotely. I organized shows, showcases, and fundraisers for causes. I found a studio internship at Digitrax Entertainment mixing remakes of country, disco, and children's gospel hits. I learned to collaborate with black gospel, urban/funk, jazz, folk singer-songwriter, and ethnic music artists. I even got training in music therapy principles and techniques. Throughout all this I continued to write songs, to cowrite with anyone I met, and to produce whenever possible.
My hope is that I have and continue to acquire experience in every area of the industry so that I can better understand how to serve artists, part time artists, and even people who don't consider themselves artists, but nevertheless have an important story to share with their immediate communities.