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Music has been a central part of my life since the beginning. I claimed my parents' Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Metallica albums as my own while in elementary school, and began playing drums around the same time. This quickly cascaded into picking up guitar, piano and eventually trumpet and french horn in an academic setting. As a result, I've found that I've been able to connect with each musician I work with while recording on a technical level, as well as place the same degree of importance on every element of the mix in the recording process. My interest in recording began with the desire to record my own music, as well as recording cover songs to practice mimicking the sounds of my favorite records. In 2007, I opened a project studio called NS Audioworks where I worked with over 70 different bands spanning from country to metal. In 2014, I moved to Downers Grove, IL and began construction on a new and improved studio space that would become Invigorate Recording. With construction completed in the summer of 2014, I was thrilled to finally put the tools down and open the door to musicians. I have since enjoyed recording artists out of Invigorate, as well as working out of other studios in the Chicago area, such as Kiwi Audio and Atlas.

In addition to my work in the studio, I’ve been recording, mixing, filming, editing and photographing concerts since 2012. Out of this, Encapsulate Music, a multi-media service was born. Since it's inception we’ve had the opportunity to provide coverage for bands such as La Dispute, Deafheaven, TTNG, Say Anything and nearly 50 more artists from around the world, accounting for over half a million YouTube views. In late 2013, we partnered with NBC to include video coverage of Into It. Over It performing at Schubas on Last Call With Carson Daly. The video and audio work EM has created has served as invaluable promotional tools landing bands video premieres on publications such as AV ClubCMJAbsolutePunk, Baeble Music and many more.