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When Did You Start Playing Music?

I started studying music at age 4 on violin. After a couple of years I was performing regularly becoming the youngest member of the GBYSO. I picked up guitar at around eleven and my brother got a drumset around the same time. I learned a couple of riffs on guitar and drums and just never gave up.

Where did You Go To College?

I graduated with a bachelors of science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. The music scene in Potsdam was actually really great and it inspired me to be who I am today.

How did you get into recording?

I'll have to blame my friends for this, some really bad basic recording software found it's way into my hands at a young age and I guess I was just the only one in my old bands who had the technical skills to make our demos. My early recordings were the same as every amateur, mediocre, but I didn't want to settle with a mediocre sound even for a demo to get a gig at a bar, I wanted the sound of the band's I listened to and so began the ultimate quest to achieve that "record" sound.

What is your favorite album?

my favorite album is Green Day's "Dookie", I remember the first time I heard it when it came out on cassette tape and thinking "what is this? hey, you know this is actually pretty awesome!" Dookie is a real record, it's an album that you can listen to over and over. I remember working at a summer job with my dad and hearing a guy who didn't know a single word of english humming along to Green Day, that was an inspiring moment. Music is incredibly powerful and important to our lives.

What is your favorite genre?

I went through phases growing up listening to different genre's and artists over and over until my family couldn't stand it. My friends got me into alot of the music I listened to. I probably have a favorite in every genre from classical to rap to pop to rock to metal. I've recorded mixed and mastered all kinds of music, even music from other countries. I've developped the ability to see the potential when I hear a song and really translate that into something listeners want to hear.

'"I really like to listen to mixes that just seem to jump out of the speakers, a dynamic mix, the kind of mix that makes you want to just jump, it makes you feel excited and that's what I try to bring to mixing."-AJ Sorensen