ABOUT

PRODUCING / ENGINEERING / SONGWRITING

I have been a musician for 20 years, and have spent the last 15 producing, recording, and mixing. I own and run The Audio Village in Austin, TX and play guitar with Aaron Ivey at The Austin Stone Community Church and serve as the Director of Albums for Austin Stone Worship.

My side project, The Reveille, is an all-instrumental project of film score-esque music. Our newest record, Vol II, was released in November 2014 and features a 16-piece orchestra mixed with electronic and percussive elements. Take a listen on SoundCloud.

I’d love to help be a part of your next project, be it from songwriting, arranging, producing, recording, mixing, or any of the above! Contact me here.

 

 

 

PROJECTS

Below are some of the projects I have worked on recently. Click on an album cover to listen to a song and view other information.

  • All
  • writing
  • producing
  • recording
  • mixing
  • performing

THE AUDIO VILLAGE RECORDING STUDIOS

I’ve owned and operated The Audio Village in Austin, TX since 2005. I love working with local artists in Austin as well as bands from all over the country. Since I was young, I’ve always loved the idea of being able to record songs that I wrote — I could never separate the idea of writing and the idea of recording. As such, the “song” is my primary concern as a producer; what can we do to make the song better and make the song shine? The Audio Village is a studio dedicated to creating art in community. Why spend your hard earned money in a studio that feels like a hospital? Our community of artists in Austin enjoy making music with friends, good food, and good drinks in a relaxed atmosphere while still dedicated to doing things excellently.

Contact me if you’d be interested in coming to Austin and making a record! I’d be honored to help in any way that I can. Here’s a selection of our gear.

HARDWARE / SOFTWARE
Toft ATB 24
Pro Tools 12, Pro Tools 11
Antelope Orion32
Adam monitoring
Event monitoring
KRK monitoring
(2) Vintech 273
Manley Dual Vocal Combo
(2) API 512c
(2) Shadow Hills GAMA
UA LA-610
UA 2-610
Avalon 737sp
API 550a
API 550b
(2) Rupert Neve Portico 543
(2) Chandler Limited Little Devil
Tons of Waves Plugins
FabFilter suite
Antares Auto-Tune 8
Celemony Melodyne
Soundtoys suite
NI Komplete 9
Omnisphere
Propellerhead Reason
Ableton Live
Behringer PowerPlay monitoring
GEAR
1973 Gibson ES-335
1966 Fender Princeton
Fano JM6
Fender Strat
Fender Tele (several)
Rickenbacker 330
Vox AC30
Lincoln Multiwatt
(2) Fender Blues Jr
(2) upright pianos
Tons of guitar pedals,
including Mad Professor,
Strymon, Empress, etc.
More guitars as needed
Bunch of midi controllers
MICS
Mojave MA-300
Shure KSM414
(2) Cascade Fathead ribbon
(2) AKG c414
Blue Blueberry
(2) Sennheiser 421
Shure Beta 52
Sennheiser e602
(2) Shure KSM109
(4) Shure SM57
(4) Senneheiser e604

BLOG

12
Jan

Maintenance and the Kingdom of God

If there’s one thing that continually bothers about this life, it can be summed up in the word “maintenance”. There isn’t a single thing on this earth that doesn’t ultimately fail. Nothing is new under the sun, and nothing stays new under the sun. As soon as you drive a car off the lot, it’s value plummets because it is no longer in its perfect, original state. Now, it requires maintenance.

I’m a fairly Type A person, and it bothers me when things are not in some semblance of order. The constant requirement of maintenance for every single thing around us — including ourselves — is endlessly frustrating. “I just got this thing, why is broken already?” is a constant mantra in my head. Nothing is ever in a state of “completion”. There’s always something that breaks, something that gets misaligned, something that is not operating as it ought.

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06
Jan

The Economy Of Words

Lately, I have been feeling the conviction of practicing an economy of words.

We live in a world of such great noise, both audible and visual.  If we’re not careful, we get totally swept under by the sheer amount of information and “sound” coming at us.  It’s a wonder to sit and watch your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feeds: a flood of nonstop updates and moments.  There is great joy in seeing the world unfold around us, but there is also an inherent danger of the important things getting lost in the noise.  This includes the noise in our own conversations.

A few months ago, I was talking with my wife about having kids, as we had been praying and thinking through this decision.  It’s a complex subject, with many different associated feelings, and one that can be riddled with fears and anxieties.  Expressing those can be difficult!  As we were talking, I realized suddenly I had been talking for five minutes and had barely begun to adequately state what I meant to get across.  My explanation was filled with filler words: “um”, “like”, “in that sense of”, “you know what I mean?”.  It was like speaking in code: take every tenth word and compile a coherent thought.  Throw away the others.

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