I've been involved with audio for as long as I can remember. It all started in fourth grade when my band teacher sat me down and asked what instrument I wanted to play. Of course I said drums (like everyone else) only to hear the rebuttal "how about saxophone?" Back then I was pretty shy, so the question was answered quickly.
Fourth grade concert band opened the doors to every other musical department including Jazz band, marching band, choir, show choir, and theater. I was involved in all of it until the end of my high school career. There was no question that I had to pursue music after high school.
I attended Millikin University, majoring in Commercial Music. Millikin's commercial music curriculum included, Mix Theory, Studio Technology and Mixing. The major also explored more traditional music classes like Music Theory, Ear Training and Ethnomusicology. While attending, I was able to book time in the recording studios to work on assignments. I instantly fell in love with the recording arts. Recording sessions, which were usually during the twilight hours, became what my friends and I did on the nights and weekends. We were going to make "grammy-worthy" albums! We spent as much time in the studio as possible. My naivety turned into hard studio skills which gave me the confidence to start running complex recording sessions. Once I reached my comfort level in the studios, I was able to clear my mind and develop my technique. "How do we do this?" turned into "What if we did this?" Although Millikin provided a great classical music background, I felt I wasn't getting the technical background that I needed, so I transferred to a college located in St. Paul, MN called McNally Smith College of Music (Musictech at the time). The college had ten studios ranging from studios with large frame analog desks with two inch tape machines, to studios with DAW's like the Control 24 and a D-Command. With the available studios at McNally, I was able to fulfill my technical hunger.
Since college, I've continued to develop my skills and have soaked up as much knowledge from every outlet that I can. I've kept an amicable mindset with music, which enables me to critically listen to all kinds of genres. I love to dissect the different instruments and put the songs on a "sonic scale".
To be honest, I never thought I'd own my own business. After being in the industry for awhile now, I've learned more about standard business procedure. Working with tight timelines, budgets, pleasing the client, etc. That's a side of things I never really thought about while being in school, but owning a business makes me a better person overall. It holds me accountable for everything, time management, creative decision making, even accounting. All of these attributes, outside of the craft itself, have shaped me as a person.
Being a composer has presented so many great opportunities. I love collaboration. I believe that collaboration is key, and I look forward to the future and telling great stores with passionate people.