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. For this reason, I do work with a lot of metal bands, but I also master many other styles. I enjoy and work with jazz, rock, new age and world regularly. I also still have a career as a musician, these days with The 01EXPERIENCE
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 delivering 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.
There are mastering examples on this site and you can E mail me through the Contact page for a test master when you’re ready.