As a chronically-curious individual, I have a diverse range of professional and personal interests. My professional background spans various fields, and I am always eager to learn and grow. On my website, you'll find information about my expertise, notable projects, and accomplishments, as well as my personal interests. I invite you to explore and discover more about me.
As a Mastering Engineer, I bring extensive experience and expertise to the table. I am currently the Chief Mastering Engineer at Nick Landis Mastering and have previously held the role of Senior Mastering Engineer at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working on over 5,200 albums, playing a crucial role in helping musicians complete the final creative step and first technical step in producing and distributing their music to fans. I am honored to have the trust of each and every client and take great pride in guiding them through the mastering process.
I also offer web development services as a freelancer. I specialize in using the Drupal content management system and have been working with it since 2010. I have extensive experience in building websites, setting up hosting, and providing clients with cost-effective solutions. My goal is to empower clients by providing them with the tools and knowledge they need to manage their own websites without breaking the bank. I work independently on smaller projects and also collaborate with agencies on larger projects. The Drupal community has been an invaluable resource for me and it is a primary reason why I choose to specialize in this technology.
I am honored to have held various leadership roles and professional affiliations throughout my career. Currently, I serve as the Chair of the Central Texas Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and have previously held the position of co-chair and Vice President of the Texas State Student Section of AES. Additionally, I am an active member of The Recording Academy and have served as a voting member and two-term Board of Governors member. I also served as chapter Vice President for the 2012-13 term. Furthermore, I am a member of The Texas Wesley Foundation Board of Trustees, where I have been elected as the treasurer and bring my expertise in the audio sector to support the building project of a 17-story mixed-use building in Austin's west campus area.
Education is an important aspect of my professional pursuits. I am currently an adjunct faculty member at Austin Community College, teaching a course on audio-frequency acoustics in the Music Business Production & Technology (MBPT) department. Additionally, I frequently guest lectured at Texas State University and Austin Community College, as well as other educational institutions such as Mediatech Institute and The Recording Conservatory of Austin. I have also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas State University, where I am an alumnus of the Sound Recording Technology program. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with the next generation of professionals in the field.
Faith has always been an important aspect of my life and I have a deep connection to The United Methodist Church. Throughout my college years and into adulthood, I have had the opportunity to serve as a musician at several churches. From 2004 until the COVID-19 pandemic, I regularly played guitar or bass in worship services at various churches. During the pandemic, I served as a consultant and speaker for the Rio Texas conference, providing seminars on overcoming technical challenges in holding hybrid worship services. I continue to consult churches in the Central Texas area on an occasional basis. Currently, I am back to playing guitar regularly at my local church.
In conclusion, I am a versatile and experienced professional with a diverse range of interests and expertise. As a Mastering Engineer, I bring extensive experience and a deep understanding of the music industry to the table. Additionally, my skills as a web developer and my experience with the Drupal content management system allow me to provide cost-effective solutions for clients. I am honored to have held various leadership roles and professional affiliations throughout my career, such as serving as the Chair of the Central Texas Section of the Audio Engineering Society and as a member of The Texas Wesley Foundation Board of Trustees. Education is also an important aspect of my career, and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with the next generation of music professionals. Finally, my faith is an integral part of my life and I have a deep connection to The United Methodist Church, where I have been actively involved in serving as a musician and consultant. I hope that this information gives you a better understanding of who I am and my professional and personal interests.
The Terra Nova Era
December 10, 2004, is the day I first met and worked with Jerry Tubb, and it is one of the days that changed my life forever. We were mastering an album called Shue's Cafe by Kris Kimura and this picture was taken during that session. The very next summer, I would be Terra Nova's first intern and quickly became a permanent part of the team. There is an interesting story around this and I frequently tell that story when I speak publically about my entrance to the music industry.
I love pizza. Period. Full stop. Nothing else needs to be said about this, but I will elaborate. I like eating pizza, making pizza, talking about pizza, going to new places that make pizza, really, anything about pizza. I'm always open to hearing about new pizza places, recipes, or just general debate about styles of pizza.
This is probably my newest interest on the list here but certainly not the least. Nothing compares to getting out in nature, away from everything, and challenging yourself mentally and physically on the trail. I find it a great way to clear my mind and get some exercise too. I'm not fast, but I've competed in two races so far and finished both times.
My interest in photography stems from a previous romantic attachment and some of the skills I gleaned while observing, asking questions, and reading user manuals. I have a semi-pro DSLR along with a 35mm film camera that I'm not even sure where to get the film developed anymore. You can see some of my photos on my Public Flickr Albums.
I got my first video game console in the 1980s. It was a Nintendo Entertainment System and it came with the combo cartridge with Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, and some track and field game that never really worked right for me. I've gone through the generations of consoles continually enjoying the time I spent solving puzzles and working on strategies to defeat my opponents. I was on an intramural Halo team in college and on a semi-pro MLG team for Rainbow 6 Vegas. I still enjoy playing whatever the new tactical shooter out there is when I can.