My name is Colin Davis. I’ve been a musician for over 30 years and an audiophile nearly as long. I started recording professionally in 1996 in a studio built by myself and band mate Juan Urteaga. Later I branched out into mastering and built Imperial Mastering in 2002. Many know me as the songwriter and guitarist for the extreme metal band Vile or the alchemical metal band The 01EXPERIENCE. For this reason, I do work with a lot of metal bands, but I also master many other styles. I work with jazz, rock, new age and world regularly.
Because I’ve played many roles in this field, I can see music production from every standpoint. As an artist, I understand the passion and dedication of the musicians as well as their hopes and fears as the recording process unfolds. As a recording and mixing engineer, I understand the huge amount of focus and skill it takes to build an album from the ground up and I honor those engineers’ hard work. As a mastering engineer, I understand my role as an objective party whose job is to insure that the final mixes live up to the expectations of everyone involved when the album is finally released.
I put myself in “your” shoes and I always deliver a master that is highly competitive with the big name mastering houses and is completed in a timely manner. Communication is always open and friendly. If the mixing engineer needs to make some adjustments to really nail the mix, I encourage them to make their changes and order another free test master.