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WCA #335 with Dan Alexander

WCA #335 with Dan Alexander – Vintage Recording Gear, Guitars, Radical Parents, Bill Putnam, and The Drain of The Studio Business

My guest today is engineer, former studio owner, author, and vintage gear dealer, Dan Alexander.

Dan was a fixture of the Bay Area recording scene in San Francisco for many years. He ran the same studio space I did, the former Coast Recorders building on Mission Street in San Francisco as well as Coast on Harrison. He’s spent many years of his life buying and selling vintage guitars and vintage recording equipment which we will talk about. He’s got a new book out called “Dan Alexander Audio: A Vintage Odyssey” He talk s to us from his home in Los Angeles.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Radical Parents
  • House UnAmerican Activities Committee 
  • The Rockets
  • Eddie Money
  • Bay Area Music
  • Selling Guitars
  • Grocery Store Studio
  • Vintage Recording Gear
  • Wheeling and Dealing
  • Hyde Street Studios
  • Coast Recorders
  • Coast on Harrison
  • Bill Putnam
  • The Drain of The Studio Business
  • Getting Evicted
  • Divorce
  • Rising Gear Prices
  • Gear Clones

Matt’s Rant: Getting out of the Chair!

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Credits:

  • Guest: Dan Alexander
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #334 with Jack Rubinacci

WCA #334 with Jack Rubinacci – Dealing with Tinnitus, Working with Tchad Blake, iPad Production, and Sleeping By The Hotel Piano

My guest today is musician, songwriter, author, and producer, Jack Rubinacci. Born in Rome, raised in the UK, and now residing in Norway. 

Jack has been through the music industry on both sides of the glass including recorded his debut release with Tchad Blake Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, he’s sold produced and mixed his own releases, he’s opened for Joe Cocker, Lionel Richie, and Arcade Fire to name a few. Like many in the industry, Jack suffers from Tinnitus. He’s written two books on the topic and it is the focus of our conversation in today’s episode. Jack came as a referral from our good friend and studio rat James Ivey. I felt it was important to have Jack on to discuss this topic of tinnitus since many people don’t. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Tinnitus
  • Monitoring low
  • Earplugs
  • Meeting Dad at 10
  • Sleeping By The Hotel Piano
  • Tchad Blake
  • Sympathetic Producers
  • IPad Production
  • Dealing with Tinnitus
  • Getting inside the Song
  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Prepping Your Ears for Sonic Assault
  • Tools to Counteract Tinnitus
  • Sound Therapy

Matt’s Rant: The Great Al Schmitt

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Credits:

  • Guest: Jack Rubinacci
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #333 with Alex Crescioni

WCA #333 with Alex Crescioni – Doom Metal, Peter & The Wolf, Bad Intern Experiences, and Garage Sale Four-Tracks

My guest today is producer, engineer, mixer Alex Crescioni.

Alex is based in Los Angeles at his studio Stygian Sound, located in the legendary Sound City studio complex. He works with a wide variety of rock & metal bands on Nuclear Blast Records, Napalm Records, Wind-Up Records, Craft Recordings, Cleopatra Records, Metal Assault Records, Steamhammer Records, Sliptrick Records, EMP Label Group, Gore House Productions, Frontiers Records, Danse Macabre Records, and Minotauro Records. I’ve followed Alex’s career for a long time and am happy he’s here to join me for a chat. Alex Crescioni, coming up here on The Working Class Audio Podcast. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Mothers Musical influence
  • The Suzuki Method
  • Musicians Institute
  • Peter and the wolf
  • Garage Sale Four-Track
  • Home base
  • Wanting To Give Up
  • Bad Intern Experiences
  • Sound City 
  • LA Studio Complexes
  • Getting Work
  • Client Vetting Process
  • Rates
  • Mentors
  • Guitar Pedals
  • Doom metal
  • Matt Wallace
  • Tim Palmer
  • Chris Collier
  • Assistants
  • Struggling
  • Financial Awakening

Matt’s Rant: Sharing Your Knowledge

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Credits:

  • Guest: Alex Crescioni
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #332 with Frank Filipetti

WCA #332 with Frank Filipetti – METAlliance, Physics to Music, Starting Late, Sticking With It, and Right Track Recording

My guest today is Frank Filipetti, a producer, engineer, mixer, and a seven-time Grammy winner. 

Frank has worked with many artists, including Foreigner, KISS, Carly Simon, The Bangles, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and Paul McCartney, to name a few. Frank talks to us from his home in Connecticut about his journey, which I think you’ll enjoy very much. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Parental Impact
  • Grammar School Band
  • Physics to Music
  • Losing Record Deals
  • Transition to Recording at 30
  • Right Track Recording
  • Peter Asher
  • Niko Bolas
  • Val Garay
  • METAlliance
  • Starting Late
  • Survival
  • Alan Myerson
  • Dealing with Doubt
  • Sticking With It
  • Assessing Career
  • Learning Everyday
  • Studio in Connecticut
  • Living Outside of Recording Hubs
  • Finances

Matt’s Rant: Protecting your Ears!

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Credits:

  • Guest: Frank Filipetti
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #331 with Michael Castañeda

WCA #331 with Michael Castañeda – Tape Syncs, Podcasts, Network of Friends, West Covina, and Getting Super Lucky

My guest today is Michael Castañeda, who is an audio engineer who does location recordings, post-production, producing, and consultation for podcasts.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • West Covina
  • Tape Syncs
  • Covid Audio Practices
  • Cassettes
  • Drum & Bugle Corps. 
  • School Band
  • Citrus Community College
  • UC San Diego
  • Sending Resumes
  • Craigslist Illness
  • Reality Show Gigs
  • The Grind of TV
  • Recording School Bands
  • Getting Super Lucky
  • The Gift of Audio Gear
  • Live Sound
  • Podcast Work
  • Network of Friends
  • Enjoying Gigs
  • New York Times
  • Podcast Producing
  • Learning in the Field
  • Linkedin

Matt’s Rant: Banking Locally

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Credits:

  • Guest: Michael Castañeda
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #330 with Bill Schnee

WCA #330 with Bill Schnee – Love of Radio, Grammy’s, Dad Jokes, Faith, The R Word, and The Chairman at the Board

My guest today is Bill Schnee who is an internationally renowned producer, engineer and mix master. He has over 125 Gold and Platinum records and 50 top twenty singles, and is known as an engineer’s engineer. Bill has worked on dozens of Grammy nominated and winning albums, and has been personally nominated 11 times for The Best Engineered Album category, winning twice for Steely Dan’s Aja and Gaucho. He also has won an Emmy Award for Best Sound Mixing for a Variety Special and a Dove Award. In his 50+ year career, Bill has found success in every musical genre, from Pop to Rock to R&B to Gospel to Country. Bill talks to us from Black bird Studios in Nashville where we have a great conversation I think you’ll enjoy.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up In Phoenix
  • Love of Radio
  • Early Record Deal
  • Quitting College
  • Law School
  • Parents Approval
  • San Francisco
  • Discovering Audio
  • Working with Hired Guns
  • Keeping Musicians Happy
  • Recording Drums
  • Working with Singers
  • High Profile Artists
  • Shyness
  • Faith
  • Peers
  • AL Schmitt
  • The Gift of Balancing
  • Putting Family First
  • Disagreements
  • Differences in Record Making
  • Nashville vs. Los Angeles
  • Money Management
  • Chairman at the Board
  • Grammy’s and Dad Jokes
  • Records That Don’t Get Promoted
  • The R Word

Matt’s Rant: Expanding your DAW skills

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Credits:

  • Guest: Bill Schnee
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #329 with Joe Caithness

WCA #329 with Joe Caithness – Pragmatic Studio Building, Meta Data, Professionalism, Office Hours, and Gear Poverty

My guest today is Mastering Engineering Joe Caithness. Joe has worked on mastering the soundtrack music for games such as Borderlands, and Tekken, the soundtracks for the Netflix movie Close, bands such as Don Martin 3 and Palooka 5 and he does it all from the comfort of his mastering studio located in his backyard in Nottingham, England. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Shakespeare
  • Early PC Recording
  • Clutter
  • Being An Audio Introvert
  • Forums
  • GateKeeper Mentality
  • Online Mentors
  • Gear Poverty
  • Inverse Financial Curves
  • Pragmatic Studio Building
  • Transfer Equipment
  • Test Pressings
  • Mastering QC Process
  • Meta Data
  • Professionalism
  • Office Hours
  • Back Issues
  • Being Debt Free

Matt’s Rant: Patience

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Credits:

  • Guest: Joe Caithness
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #328 with Alan Evans

WCA #328 with Alan Evans – Open Concept Recording, Studio Remodeling, Remote Teaching, Template Mixing, and Selling Vinyl Records

My guest today is producer, engineer, mixer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and, songwriter, Alan Evans. This is Alan’s second time on the podcast. He first joined us on episode 133. This time around He talks to us from Massachusetts where we have a great chat about his studio and, his record label, and what’s been happening lately in his life. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Studio Remodeling
  • Alan’s Record Label
  • Remote Teaching
  • Audio Minimalism
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Great Musicians
  • Open Concept Recording
  • Template Mixing
  • Financial Groove
  • Selling Vinyl Records
  • The Blockbuster Documentary
  • The Black Puma’s
  • Great Monitoring
  • Boot Drives

Matt’s Rant: Audio Dogma

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Credits:

  • Guest: Alan Evans
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #327 with Trina Shoemaker

WCA #327 with Trina Shoemaker – Temp Jobs, Sheryl Crow, Daniel Lanois, Writing a Novel, Drug Runs, and Dads’ Control Room

My guest today is Grammy-winning producer/engineer and mixer, Trina Shoemaker. Trina has worked with Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, the Indigo Girls, Pearl Jam, Patty Griffen, and many, many more. Trina comes to us by way of former WCA guest and friend Andrew Scheps who helped make the introduction. We have a great discussion that I think you’ll enjoy. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing Up In Joliet, Illinois
  • Concerts in Chicago
  • Jackson 5
  • Dads’ “Control Room”
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Drive Aways
  • Capital Records Temp
  • Alternative Marketing
  • Rancho De La Luna
  • Living in London
  • Drug Runs
  • LA Recording Workshop
  • Susan Rodgers
  • New Orleans
  • Daniel Lanois
  • Canadians
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Needs-Based Creatures
  • Jeff Trott
  • Tchad Blake
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Losing Her House
  • Counting on Music Moments
  • Alabama
  • The Peavy Brothers
  • Writing a Novel

Matt’s Rant: Lack of Work

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Credits:

  • Guest: Trina Shoemaker
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #326 with Stephen Dent

WCA #326 with Stephen Dent – Working with Sean Combs, Go-go, House of Sound, Bob Rosa, DC, and The Forest Gump Effect

My guest today is Grammy Nominated engineer Stephen Dent. Stephen has worked on records for Notorious B.I.G, Sean Combs, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, and Lil Kim. He also spent a number of years running Daddy’s House, the studio owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs located in Brooklyn. I met Stephen while participating in rooms on Club House. I reached out and he accepted my invitation to come on the show. We have a great conversation and I’m looking forward to you hearing about his journey.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Motown
  • Gospel
  • Go Go Music
  • Yacht Rock
  • Anthony Wellington
  • Offset Printing
  • DJing
  • Making Beats
  • The Forest Gump Effect
  • Super VHS/Beta Max Recording
  • Engineering Out of Spite
  • Omega Recording School
  • SSL Plasma Meters
  • DC to NYC
  • House of Sound
  • Bob Rosa
  • Tackling the Tape Library
  • Sleeping on Trains
  • Befriending The Homeless 
  • The One Page That Changed His Life
  • Working with Sean Diddy Combs
  • Not Leaving the Studio
  • Golf
  • Teaching
  • Sons Man Cave

Matt’s Rant: Self Evaluation

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Credits:

  • Guest: Stephen Dent
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: Cordova

WCA #325 with Jason LaRocca

WCA #325 with Jason LaRocca – Mixing Music for Films and Games, Starting A Band, Fortnite, Working Smarter, and Breakfast with The Beatles

My guest today is producer, mixer, and scoring engineer Jason LaRocca. Jason has worked on films such as “Bad Boys for Life,” “Paddington,” “Aquaman,” “The Accountant,” “Joy”, “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” Blumhouse horror hit “Ma,” and the 2018 Oscar-winning documentary “Icarus.” Jason also mixed the music for the smash-hit video game “Fortnite” as well as “Cyberpunk” and “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.” Jason is formerly known as the singer/guitarist of the acclaimed punk band, The Briggs.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Mixing Music for Films and Games
  • Breakfast with The Beatles
  • Kids Choir with Toto
  • Music and Skateboarding
  • Starting A Band
  • Supportive Parents
  • Home Studio
  • Mackie 2408 
  • DIY Mentality
  • Free Tape
  • Mark Isham
  • Curveballs
  • Cold Calling
  • Fortnite
  • Music Mixing
  • Economics of The Gig
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Working Smarter 

Matt’s Rant: Maintaining A Presence

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Credits:

  • Guest: Jason LaRocca
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #324 with Steve Genewick

WCA #324 with Steve Genewick – Mixing for ATMOS, Al Schmitt, High-Pressure Sessions, Saying No to Gigs, and Cancer

My guest today is Grammy-nominated engineer, Steve Genewick. Steve is making a return appearance on WCA. With 30 years of experience and 20 of that spent working alongside Al Schmitt, Steve has worked all over the world with artists such as Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, and LL Cool Jay as well as games such as Apex Legend. Lately, Steve is deep into remixing classic records for release in ATMOS.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Preparing Capital for COVID
  • Mixing Atmos from Home
  • Setting up for Atmos
  • Working Independently 
  • Working with Al Schmitt
  • High-Level Gigs
  • Diverse Sessions
  • Learning from Peers
  • Learning from Everybody
  • Being Prepared
  • High-Pressure Sessions
  • Sacrifices
  • Cancer
  • Saying No to Gigs
  • Knowing What’s Important 
  • Shrinking Budgets
  • Mix Revisions
  • Mixing for Video Games
  • Home Studio Future

Matt’s Rant: Revisions

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Credits:

  • Guest: Steve Genewick
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #323 with David Gnozzi

WCA #323 with David Gnozzi – MixBusTV, Bodybuilding, Horror Movies, Marvel Comics, and Knowing Your Limits

My guest today is producer/engineer/mixer David Gnozzi. Originally from Tuscany and now living in Los Angeles, David hosts the very popular MixBusTV channel on YouTube and works in a variety of genres.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • MixBusTV
  • Tuscany
  • Moving to LA
  • Dave Pensado
  • Being Bullied
  • Metal and Rage
  • Marvel Comics
  • At Home In The US
  • Trial and Error
  • Being a Virgo
  • Bodybuilding
  • Self Discipline
  • Misinformation
  • False Expectations
  • Bella Kelly
  • Irons in the Fire
  • Dead Lifting
  • Health
  • Knowing Your Limits
  • Horror Movies
  • Gear Distractions

Matt’s Rant: Time Travel

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Credits:

  • Guest: David Gnozzi
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #322 with Matthew Rifino

WCA #322 with Matthew Rifino – NBC’s The Today Show, Union Work, Mixing Bands, Home Studio Build, and Free Wood

My guest today is Matthew Rifino who is a music mixer for NBC’s The Today Show as well as a freelance engineer. Matthew has worked with so many top names in music it would be futile to list them all here. That said, he is a 5 Time Emmy Award Winner for his mixing work in television.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • New Jersey Upbringing
  • Don Mcclean
  • Recording Lessons
  • Pushing Boundaries
  • Influence of Grandparents
  • Tony Bongiovi/Power Station
  • Five Towns College
  • 911’s Effect on Studios
  • Mixing Bands
  • NBC’s The Today Show
  • 40 Hours a Week
  • Working with Major Bands
  • Hierarchy of Union Audio
  • Covid Effects On Work
  • Stress Level
  • Freelance Work
  • Home Studio Build
  • Early to Bed
  • Early to Rise
  • Being Healthy
  • Freedom From Discipline
  • Mixing
  • Free Wood
  • Financial Health
  • Union Work

Matt’s Rant: Tax Season

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Credits:

  • Guest: Matthew Rifino
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #321 with Dave Way

WCA #321 with Dave Way – Pretending To Be a Beatle, Serendipitous Events, Home Studio Economics, and The Apple Farm Assassin

My guest today is producer, engineer, mixer Dave Way. Dave has a huge discography and a load of experience to share. He talks to us from his studio in Southern California, The Way Station.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Apple Farm Assassin
  • The Nun With A Guitar
  • Pretending To Be a Beatle
  • Hearing Life Through Cassette
  • Early Mono Recording
  • Music vs. Baseball
  • Berklee College of Music
  • New York Studios
  • Dance Remixes
  • Gig Opportunities 
  • Teddy Riley
  • 120 Hour Weeks
  • Competitiveness
  • Serendipitous Events
  • New York Success 
  • Michael Jackson
  • Staying In California
  • John Doe
  • Genre Jumping
  • Jazz
  • Mixing Differences
  • Home Studio Economics
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Working With Stars

Matt’s Rant: The Purge

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Credits:

  • Guest: Dave Way
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #320 with Sam Sherbin

WCA #320 with Sam Sherbin – The influence of Bruce Swedien, Mixing During Covid, Simple Setups, Meditation, and 99 cent Pizzas

My guest today is New York-based mix engineer Sam Sherbin. Sam studied under the late great Bruce Swedien and Manny Marroquin. Sam is also behind the podcast called In The Zone.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Studying with a Bruce Swedien
  • Listening to Thriller with Bernie Grundman and Bruce 
  • Sonic Personality
  • Dropping Out
  • 99 cent pizzas
  • Mixing During Covid
  • Pivoting into Podcasting
  • Management
  • The Money Talk
  • Meditation
  • Mental Health
  • Simple Setups
  • Balancing

Matt’s Rant: Revisiting Audio Minimalism

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Credits:

  • Guest: Sam Sherbin
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #319 with Michael Brauer

WCA #319 with Michael Brauer – Total Clarity, Mixing From Your Heart, Transcendental Meditation, Forgetting Balance and Having a Great Team

My guest today is Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Michael Brauer. Michael has worked with Coldplay, John Mayer, The Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Speaking French with Mom
  • Playing in Bands
  • Drummer/Soundman
  • Total Clarity
  • Working in Shipping
  • Being Ready to Help
  • Regional Sounds
  • Daytime Jingles
  • Luther Vandross
  • Dancing
  • Going to England
  • Shaving the Mustache
  • Producing
  • Fear of Sounding Like Others
  • Greg Calbi
  • Self Evaluation
  • Focusing on Mixing
  • Audience Acceptance
  • Forgetting Balance
  • Mixing From Your Heart
  • Mix Revisions
  • Having a Great Team
  • Bike Racing
  • Transcendental Meditation
  • Eating Well
  • Work/Life Balance

Matt’s Rant: Client Communication

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Credits:

  • Guest: Michael Brauer
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #318 with Andy D. Park

WCA #318 with Andy D. Park – Idealism, Making Mistakes, Persistence, and TV Detectives

My guest today is Seattle-based producer-engineer Andy D. Park. Andy has worked with Death Cab for Cutie, John Van Deusen. K Flay, The Deftones, Alice in Chains, Pearl jam, and Soundgarden. He talks to us from his freshly built studio at his home in Seattle.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Idealism
  • Recording Schools
  • Making Mistakes
  • Tucson to Seattle
  • Persistence
  • Learning Lessons
  • The Beauty of Seattle
  • Working at a Bookstore
  • Eddie Vedder
  • Freelancing
  • Obama Care
  • 24 Hours with Chance the Rapper & Skrillex
  • Building a Home Studio
  • Full Circle with The Def Tones
  • Making a Living As An Engineer
  • TV Detectives
  • Learning To Take a Break
  • Planning Your Finances
  • Emotion over Fidelity

Matt’s Rant: Spreading the Work

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Credits:

  • Guest: Andy D. Park
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #317 with Ryan Gilligan

WCA #317 with Ryan Gilligan – Quad Studios, Busta Rhymes, Duffle Bags of Hard Drives, Michael Brauer, and Mixing Based on Emotion

My guest today is Grammy award-winning mixer engineer and producer Ryan Gilligan. Ryan got his start at Quad Studios in New York, where he started as an intern, then assistant before taking on a year-long engineering gig for Busta Rhymes. Following that, he returned to Quad and began a mentorship with Michael Brauer that would last for seven years. He worked alongside artists, such as Coldplay, John Mayer, Kanye West, Shakira, Grizzly Bear, and many others. Eventually, he moved to Los Angeles to work with producer John Hill on music for Adele, Gwen, Stefani, and Florence and the Machine. He ended up staying in Los Angeles and continues to work there to this day freelancing. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Playing Trumpet
  • Interning
  • Quad Studios
  • Electric Lady
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Duffle Bags of Hard Drives
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Michael Brauer
  • Health Challenges
  • Mixing Based on Emotion
  • Surviving on Mixing
  • Strict Budgeting

Matt’s Rant: Banking! Yes, seriously.

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Credits:

  • Guest: Ryan Gilligan
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #316 with Jenny Ortiz aka mixedbyJNY

WCA #316 with Jenny Ortiz aka mixedbyJNY – Behind The Scenes Videos, Using Social Media, Networking, Having Patience and Plan B

My guest today is Jenny Ortiz, also known as mixedbyJNY. Jenny has worked with K.A.A.N., JLA, Contraband, and Thurs. She talks to us from her home and home studio in Southern California, where we have a great conversation. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Behind The Scenes Videos
  • College Audio
  • Wrapping Cables
  • Shantih Hasst of Studio 770
  • Interning
  • Aligning Tape Machines
  • Being a Dispatcher
  • Spreading Her Wings
  • Networking
  • Using Social Media
  • Being a Runner
  • Not Depending on Others
  • Marketing Herself
  • Having Patience
  • Mixing Durning Covid
  • Home Studio Facility
  • Plan B

Matt’s Rant: Home Studio Income Ideas

Links and Show Notes

Credits:

  • Guest: Jenny Ortiz aka mixedbyJNY
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab