WCA Host

I have been involved in music for 31 years as a drummer, mixing engineer, recording engineer and producer.

I started out as a drummer. I grew up in Southern New Mexico then moved to San Francisco in the late 80’s. I experienced moderate  success with my first two bands, The Sextants and Seven Day Diary. I toured all over Europe and the United States. I was exposed to making records on a high level with producer/engineers Larry Hirsch (Los Lobos, John Hiatt, Bonnie Raitt), Joe Chicarelli (Frank Zappa, Tori Amos, American Music Club, White Stripes) and Gil Norton (Echo and the Bunnymen, Foo Fighters, Counting Crows). These guys got me excited about the record making process.

 In 1994 I began my journey on the “other side of the glass”. That journey has taken me through a series of fantastic recording experiences, working with a combination of artists you know, as well as many who you may not know. I now use that experience of record making and drumming daily. These are artists I have either mixed, recorded, produced or some combination of the three.

August Churchill (Rich GIrls), Secret Town, Spider Heart, Negative Press, Oriel Poole, Stages of Sleep, Saga and Jefferson, Matchbox 20, Shawn Colvin, The Dunwells, BoDeans, The Shins, New Diplomat, Death Cab for Cutie, Tori Amos, Florence + The Machine, World Party,  Thomas Dolby, Keb Mo, Amos Lee, Bruce Hornsby,  Everest, Ray Lamontagne, The Jayhawks, Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band, Katie Herzig, Zee Avi, Black Furies, Ziggy Marley,  Givers, The Samples, Michael Zisman’s Americano Social Club, Joan Osbourne, Dar Williams, Scars on 45, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Civil Wars, Sarah Bareilles,  Trevor Hall, Shawn Mullins, Imelda May, The Kooks,  George Thorogood, Jessica Lynn Mayfield,  Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Hermann Lara, Andrew Heringer Band, Denim TV, Golden Gram, Jerry Stucker, Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands, Saving Cadence, Alexis Harte, Austin Willacy, Brian Cline Band, Chi Chi Palace, Cubby Creatures, Davis Jones, Dialectic, Dolly Rocker, Dolores Haze, Drew Gasparini, Everything Nothing,  Go Go Galaxion, Heidi Jane, Houston Jones, James Low, Killing Floor,  M. K. O’Toole, The Welcome Matt, Matt Langlois, Matthew, Nicky Depaola, Pollux,  Rod Washington Moore,  Spackle,  Steve Kirk Pop, Steven Emerson, Terese Taylor, The House Jacks, The Junes, Todd Walton, Veer, Zachary Ross & Desolation Angels…..

For more please visit www.mattboudreau.com

 

23 thoughts on “WCA Host

  1. Steven Antoniazzi

    Thank you for all the pod cast interviews, I’ve listened to every one of them, they are all great!

    I have some recommendations for interviews

    Jason Livermore, Blasting room studio
    Bill Stevenson , Blasting room studio
    Butch Vig,
    Steve Albini, electrical audio
    Joe Baressi

    I seriously enjoyed every interview you have done so far. Please keep them coming.

    Steve

    1. Chad Stocker

      Matt,

      Wonderful show! Thanks for it. The first one I listened to was with Jessica Thompson. That inspired me to randomly apply for a job at an Arts Academy in Northern Michigan. I got the gig, and I’m up here archiving 1/4 in. reel to reels into digital (Audition, the Metadata section is the best any DAW offers)

      Jim Diamond is getting to be a legendary producer/recorder around Detroit. If you remember, he sued Jack White some years ago (he lost), he’s done so many excellent bands and albums around here. He used to run a studio called Ghetto Recorders, his slogan was “All the amenities of jail”!

      Pretty sure there was a rat running around the vocal booth the last time I did a record there. He does his sound so good, i sometimes think he IS doing it in his sleep. Detroit’s garage rock scene is as much Jim Diamond as it is The Gories, and The White Stripes…

      Thanks again for the show.

      I’d like to say one thing, in the world of in the box, i think it’s a great thing to explore the free plugin world. Literally there is nothing to lose, and it gives us the chance to explore and experiment with with different GUI layouts, different specific effects, and if you look at it like you’re getting new GEAR every time you get one, it just feeds the jones! I hadn’t played around with plugins besides the stock ones from Pro Tools, for years! And after I upgraded my computer and my version I started little by little doing it, and it’s A LOT of fun. I even buy some now too 😉

    2. Chad Stocker

      I was just listening to one of your shows, i think it was Matt Kelley or Don Gunn, and he was talking about cell phones in the studio, distractions and such.

      I had another cell phone problem this weekend. I run the audio for a YouTube talk show, a local journalist hosts the program, he does interviews, and live performance.

      We do them in different locations each month. This month we did it at Woodshed Studio (you gave a shout out to Ed and Ryan on one of your shows). I was so excited to use a c414, and I set it up for the interview.

      I couldn’t figure out what was buzzing. Son of bitch, it was all the cell phones, making that noise they make when they are close to other electronics.

      Lesson learned, NO CELL PHONES in the control room and the live room.

  2. Dominic Rippel

    Really great one. Listening now. I just had an idea of someone worth reaching out to in regards to a guest. Brian McTear from Weathervane/Shaking Through. Have been in touch with him a few times and he’s a really nice guy doing some cool stuff with an interesting subscriber based funding model. I’m still not sure how it works, but he seems to be picking up steam. Thanks again! – Dominic Rippel

  3. christian best

    HEY MATT,
    REALLY LOVING THE PODCASTS,
    I’D LIKE TO RECOMMEND RECORDING ENGINEER/MIXER RYAN FREELAND FOR A PODCAST SESSION,
    HE WORKS ALONGSIDE THE PRODUCER JOE HENRY ALOT OF THE TIME AND WAS AN UNDERSTUDY OF BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN WHEN HE STARTED OUT.
    HE’S REALLY FANTASTIC AT WHAT HE DOES AND IS A GREAT HUMAN BEING TOO.
    IVE MENTIONED IT TO HIM AND HE WAS TOTALLY UP FOR IT,I CAN PASS YOU ON HIS CONTACT DETAILS IF YOU’D LIKE..
    REGARDS
    CHRISTIAN
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  4. Joshua

    -Greg Wilkinson from Ear Hammer Studios in Oakland would be an interesting choice. Small studio mostly working on doom metal through punk rock. Greg’s played bass in bay area bands forever as well.
    -John Vanderslice would be cool for another local guy
    -Anybody at Fantasy to get the perspective of a bigger studio with great history.
    -Kurt Ballou
    -Sanford Parker
    -sound track/film score guys like Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and Mark Mothersbaugh
    -Larry Crane to talk about Tape Op and running a studio
    -Jack Endino has probably got a lot of cool stories
    -Someone doing gaming sound. As musician that’s getting into recording, I’ve always wanted to score a video game soundtrack, I just don’t know how to get into that world.

  5. Mick

    Hi, love LOVE the podcast. I’ve picked up so much info on running my (pretty new) business. Thanks for mag great tips.

    So let me give a quick tip back: go over the US border and do an interview with Dutch engineer Jan Pronk. He’s an awesome recording engineer that knows more about mic’s and their placement than any engineer I have ever met (and I have been throughout SAE). Plus he can talk inspiring about it.

    Again; thanks so much for the podcast.
    God bless

  6. Mitch

    HI Matt
    Heard your going to be at the Winter 2016 NAM Show in So Cal, are you going to be at a booth. Would like an opportunity to meet up and thank you personally for all the work you put into this podcast.

    1. Matt Boudreau Post author

      Mitch, I’ll be at the Focal booth on Thursday doing an interview but will also be hanging out Friday and Sunday as well. Seek me out!

  7. Matthew Brown

    Hey Matt, greetings from Hamburg Germany! I love the show and look forward to each episode. Have you thought of doing an interview with wither Chris Eckman or Johnny Sangster? Two great dudes doing great work. Chris is a Seattle expat in Europe like me and a veteran of both the old school Seattle scene, but also an expert on a lot of current African music. Johnny is a super talented engineer, musician, producer guy that I’ve been honored to work with in Seattle. Keep up the good work!

  8. rEs

    some great podcasts and info here.

    an indexed page with a list of all podcasts would help in finding specific shows.

    thanks

    1. Matt Boudreau Post author

      Thank you. An indexed page can be found at http://www.workingclassaudio.com/wca-podcast-listing/

      1. rEs

        thank you very much

  9. Tomi Kolistaja

    Greetings from Finland & thanks for a great podcast! Really nice point of view and most interesting interviews!

  10. Russo

    Would love to listen to a interview with Mick Guzauski.

  11. Keith Scully

    Hi Matt,

    First of all a massive thank you for putting out these fantastic Working Class Audio podcasts every week. I’ve listened to most of the episodes now and I’ve really enjoyed every one of them.

    I would like to suggest an interview with Peter Katis. Not only am I a huge fan of his work but I think he would be an awesome choice having made his name working from his own home studio. I think his perspective would fit really well with your show.

    Anyway, keep up the great work! I’m looking forward to next weeks episode already.

  12. Jim

    Hi Matt,

    Love the podcast. I noticed that there is a bit of a whole when it comes to metal coverage. I have some suggestions for future episodes if possible:
    I’d love to hear from any/all of these influences in my life.

    Randy Burns (Megadeth, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies)
    https://www.discogs.com/artist/254778-Randy-Burns?subtype=Technical&filter_anv=0&type=Credits&page=3

    Terry Date (Overkill, Dream Theater, Pantera)
    https://www.discogs.com/artist/93046-Terry-Date?filter_anv=0&subtype=Production&type=Credits

    Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Flotsam and Jetsam, Atrophy)
    https://www.discogs.com/artist/264610-Bill-Metoyer?subtype=Technical&filter_anv=0&type=Credits&page=3

    Alex Perialas (Metallica, Anthrax, Vio-lence, DRI)
    https://www.discogs.com/artist/263522-Alex-Perialas?subtype=Technical&filter_anv=0&type=Credits&page=2

    1. Matt Boudreau Post author

      I’ll dig into the list, Thanks Jim!

  13. Chris Dixon

    Hey Matt,

    I’m really digging the show! I’d love to hear you interview Aaron Hellam of Hellam Sound in Oakland. He used to work with Zach (as Castle Ultimate) who now works at Sharkbite. Hell, I’d love to hear you interview them both!

    1. Matt Post author

      I’ve passed Aaron in the halls of Sharkbite before. How about an introduction? Happy to interview him.

  14. rEs

    requesting an interview with Commodore Perry Barrett

  15. Don

    So…have you counted the number of f-bombs Eric Valentine laid down? It HAS to be a WCA Record.

    It was once described to me that use of curse words is the result of being lazy and unimaginative. Do you agree?

    Thanks!

    1. Matt Post author

      When people ask me if it’s ok to curse on the show I always say listen to EV’s episode! As far as Eric being lazy and unimaginative because he says fuck alot I would have to disagree. He is one of the smartest, most passionate hard working guys I know. His records sound amazing and he’s a nice guy on top of all of that. Thanks for listening!

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