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WCA #290 with Joe Chiccarelli

WCA #290 with Joe Chiccarelli – Frank Zappa, Producing, Psychology, Budgets, Learning From Others, Sharing Knowledge, and The Tonelux Mic Collaboration

Joe Chiccarelli is a ten-time Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer whose credits include such artists as Tori Amos, Beck, U2, The Strokes, The Killers, Elton John, The Shins, The White Stripes, Morrissey, Alanis Morrisette, Jason Mraz, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, The Raconteurs, Cafe Tacuba, and My Morning Jacket. Other projects through his twenty-year career have included music supervision of films such as Suicide Kings and Men with Guns, the TV series Cracker and Robert Altman’s The Gun. Joe is the studio designer for the state-of-the-art Royaltone Recording Studios (now Sphere) in Burbank, CA, and has served as an A&R consultant for several major and independent labels.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Matt & Joe’s Connection
  • Frank Zappa
  • Roy Thomas Baker
  • Joe’s Approach to Producing
  • Inexperienced Managers
  • Psychology
  • Handling Disagreements
  • Fresh Perspectives
  • Working in Multiple Genres
  • Mix with the Masters
  • Getting the Most Out Of a Budget
  • Learning From Others
  • Sharing Knowledge
  • The Tonelux Mic Collaboration
  • Planning the Year

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #289 with George Vlad

WCA #289 with George Vlad – The Draw of the Outdoors, Field Recording, Ecology, Adventure, Bribes, and Bees

George Vlad is a sound recordist, photographer and expedition leader with a keen interest in wildlife and conservation. George travels extensively and records a variety of sounds, from natural ambiances and wildlife to odd vehicles and vintage aircraft. He also supports a variety of conservation initiatives around the world, either directly, by sharing my work with them or by employing them in my travels. When he’s not traveling George works as a sound designer and composer for video games from his studio in Southern England. His audio work is heard by millions of players every month.

Episode Bonus Content: Gear Talk with George Vlad https://bit.ly/2VCU4AF

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Languages
  • Burning Out
  • The Draw of the Outdoors
  • The Listening Experience
  • Travel
  • Ecology
  • The language of Birds
  • Field Recording Technique
  • Trip Planning
  • Man-Made Sounds
  • Threat of Extinction
  • Recording Attention
  • Bribes
  • Fear
  • Adventure
  • Fixers
  • Packing
  • Bees
  • Experience vs ROI
  • Sound Libraries
  • Sound Design
  • Game Sound Implementation

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #288 with Jens Bogren

WCA #288 with Jens Bogren – Chaos Theory, Working in Metal, Psychology, Banks, Sports Fishing and, Motion Sickness

Jens Bogren is a Swedish record producer, mixer and recording engineer who has worked Opeth, Sepultura, Katatonia and a long list of many other bands.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Working in Metal
  • Banks
  • Studio Naming
  • Building A New Studio
  • Sports Fishing
  • Motion Sickness
  • Chaos Theory
  • Bogren Digital
  • Trail of Luck
  • Determining What to Charge
  • Managers
  • Psychology of Showreels
  • Psychology of Production Work
  • Leadership
  • Surround Sound Work

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #287 with Nacho Molino

WCA #287 with Nacho Molino – Panama, The Noriega Years, Bilingual Advantage, 15 year US immigration Process and, Responsible Grammy Voting

Ignacio “Nacho” Molino is a five-time Grammy and Latin Grammy award-winning Mix Engineer/Producer. He has worked with CJ Ramone from The Ramones, Spice Slawson from Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies, Ruben Blades, Joan Manuel Serrat, and Carlos Vives.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up in Panama
  • The Noriega Years
  • Civil War
  • Distance Learning
  • 15 year US immigration process
  • Marriage/Divorce
  • Working in different Genres
  • SNOW!!!
  • Bilingual Advantage
  • Regional Rate Strategies
  • Central America
  • Responsible Grammy Voting 

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #286 with Cullen Brooks

WCA #286 with Cullen Brooks – Music to Film Sound, Star Wars, Michigan, Recording Punk bands, Division of Labor and Disruptive Clients

Cullen Brooks works in television & film as a dialogue editor, re-recording mixer, sound designer, sound editor, sound effects editor, and sound mixer.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Transitioning from Music to Film Sound 
  • The Impact of Star Wars & the Matrix
  • Recording Punk bands
  • Learning Film Sound 
  • Jumping in With Both Feet
  • Working Remotely
  • Disruptive Clients
  • New York
  • Michigan
  • Lost Tax Incentives 
  • Division of Labor
  • Terms
  • Business
  • Work Ethic
  • Watching Your Mouth
  • Getting More Work
  • How to Use Social Media

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #285 with Sam Pura

WCA #285 with Sam Pura – The F-Word, Smoking Weed, Doing the Hard Work, Intuition and, Being Responsible for Yourself

Sam Pura is a producer, engineer and mixer who runs The Panda Studios. Sam is known for his work with The Story So Far, Basement, and Hundredth as well as many, many others.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Smoking Weed
  • Flying Transparent
  • MySpace Days
  • Eric Valentine
  • The Emotion of Sound
  • Getting Past Gearlust
  • Impact, Clarity, and Depth
  • Making Bands Comfortable
  • Doing the Hard Work
  • Dealing with Coronavirus
  • Managers
  • Being Responsible for Yourself
  • Intuition
  • Work-Life Balance

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #284 with Dallas Taylor

WCA #284 with Dallas Taylor – Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast, Crafting stories with Sound, Positioning, Ben Burtt, Challenging Convention, and Burnout Prevention

Dallas Taylor is the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a lovingly crafted podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Dallas is also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, where he has led thousands of high-profile projects ranging from blockbuster trailers and advertising campaigns to Sundance award-winning films and major television series. Dallas is a sought-after speaker at conferences, a regular contributor to major publications, and a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The five senses
  • 250-hour podcasts
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz Podcast
  • Thinking about sound
  • Growing up in Arkansas
  • Conducting
  • Pushing the status quo
  • Echo Chambers
  • Sound Design
  • Crafting stories with sound
  • Running a sound business
  • Positioning
  • Ben Burtt and Star Wars
  • Pushing through obstacles
  • Recharging
  • Burnout prevention
  • Challenging convention

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Dallas Taylor
  • Photographer: Stephen Voss
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #283 with Jermaine Hamilton

WCA #283 with Jermaine Hamilton – Music Annex, Tickle Me Elmo, Green Day, Zen Mindset, Financial Buffers, and Coffee

Jermaine Hamilton is a Lead Audio Engineer and managing partner at Studio Circle Recordings located in San Mateo, California.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Music Annex
  • Studio Circle Recordings
  • Tickle Me Elmo
  • Green Day
  • Zen Mindset
  • Coronavirus
  • Financial Buffers
  • Corporate Audio
  • Diversification

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #282 with Björgvin Benediktsson

WCA #282 with Björgvin Benediktsson – Alternative Studio Income Strategies, Book Recommendations, Creating Online Content, and Audio Issues

Björgvin Benediktsson is audio engineer, musician author, and entrepreneur. Björgvin helps home studio musicians learn how to make a bigger impact with their music by teaching them how to produce themselves.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Audio Schools
  • Audio Issues
  • 4 hour Work Week
  • Helping
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Alternative Studio Income Strategies
  • Creating online content
  • Book Recommendations
  • Content Creation Audio Hub

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #281 with Baba Prasad

WCA #281 with Baba Prasad – Knowledge from the Trash, IT in Singapore, Self Education, Childhood Inspiration, and 20 years of Studio Ownership in Chennai, India.

Baba Prasad is the owner and chief engineer at Digisound Studios in Chennai, India. Baba is a classically trained percussionist (Mrudhangam artiste). His experience in the industry ranges from engineering for almost every genre. He has been using Pro Tools since 1999 and has completed the Avid Certification for Pro Tools 101 and 110. He is an official WAVES Certified instructor by Waves Inc USA, also an AVID express DV certified editor. He is been training many students for Sound Engineering for the past 6 years in the industry.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Working IT in Singapore
  • The Spirit Guide to Mixing
  • Knowledge from the trash
  • Pro Audio Shops in Singapore
  • His First Mixer
  • Spending time in Record Stores
  • Self Education
  • Childhood Inspiration
  • Hometown Studio
  • Mentors
  • Being Open to All Music
  • Competition

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #280 with Brad Wood

WCA #280 with Brad Wood – Virus Talk, Blacksmiths, New Habits, Pandemic Albums, Instagram and the return of Andy Kaufman

Brad Wood is a producer, engineer and mixer located in Los Angeles, California. Brad is known for his work with Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Skating Poly and many others. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Wood) Brad joins me for a Instagram Live session where we take questions and discuss all things music/recording and Coronavirus. This is Brad’s second appearance on WCA please listen to WCA #095 to get his full story. https://www.workingclassaudio.com/wca-095-with-brad-wood/

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Virus Talk
  • Blacksmiths
  • New Habits
  • Pandemic Albums
  • The Return of Andy Kaufman
  • The Breaking of Audio Pros.
  • Instagram
  • Band Podcasts

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #279 with Kevin Ward

WCA #279 with Kevin Ward – Teaching, Learning, Seizing Opportunity, Migrating to California, Team Building, and Faith

Kevin Ward is a producer, engineer, mixer, teacher who has worked with Vince GillWillie NelsonJudy CollinsDolly PartonBoots RandolphJerry SpringerVassar ClementsSam BushThe Prague Philharmonic OrchestraRhonda Vincent and Richie McDonald of Lonestar. Kevin is also behind MixCoach.com where he teaches people to mix in different styles and genres from rock and Jazz to full orchestra and pop-country. Kevin is currently the Technical Director at Crosspointe Church in Anaheim, California.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Seizing Opportunity
  • Moving to California
  • Religion in Pro Audio
  • Worship Sound
  • Team Building
  • Pareto’s Principle
  • Parkinson’s Law

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #278 with The Work From Home Panel

WCA #278 with the Work From Home Panel – Sara Carter, Jaimeson Durr, and Fela Davis join me to talk about all things audio, business and survival in the time of Coronavirus.

Former WCA guests Sara Carter, Jaimeson Durr and Fela Davis join me to talk about all things audio, business and survival in the time of Coronavirus. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Grants
  • Change in business practice
  • Resources
  • Loss of Income
  • Virtual engineering
  • Working from home
  • Podcast production
  • Technology
  • Working with family at home
  • Alternative income streams
  • Internet Speed
  • Post virus predictions

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guests: Sara Carter, Jaimeson Durr and Fela Davis
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #277 with Rafa Sardina

WCA #277 with Rafa Sardina – Coming to America, Leaving Medical School, Empathy, People Skills, Educating Clients and No Plan B.

Rafa Sardina is a Los Angeles based Grammy-winning producer/engineer and mixer who has worked with D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Elvis Costello And The Roots, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Placido Domingo, Camila Cabello, Miguel, Lady Gaga, Clare Fischer Big Band, Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13, Natalia Lafourcade, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Arturo O’Farrill with The Afrocuban Jazz Big Band Orchestra & Chucho Valdes, Tim McGraw

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Coming to America
  • Life In Spain
  • Leaving Medical School
  • Empathy
  • People Skills
  • Educating Clients
  • Leaping Forward from Mistakes
  • Business Skills

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #276 with Matthew Boudreau

WCA #276 with Matthew Boudreau – Soul-Sucking Jobs, Audio Drama, Field Recording, Spiderman vs Draco The Dragon, and the Language of Audio

No, I’m not interviewing myself! As it turns out, there are two Boudreau’s in the world of audio named Matt (Me) and Matthew (my guest). 

Matthew Boudreau is a field recordist, podcast producer, consultant and editor, and sound designer living in Buffalo, NY. 

Matthew has been working in podcasting since 2008 and has over 20 years of experience as an audio professional, working in computer multimedia, theatre sound, studio recording, film, and sound effects field recording. He is the founder of the 11th Hour Audio Challenge, an annual podcast event that challenges audio drama producers to collaborate in creating works of horror in the month of October.

Matthew’s audio post-production company, Uberduo, sells immersive sound effect bundles dedicated to the exploration and reproduction of locations and props for film and audio fiction. His sound effect bundles can be found on http://www.asoundeffect.com and individual sound effects can be found at soundsnap.com.

Matthew was the dialogue editor for the Audible productions, Locke and Key and X-Files: Cold Cases. He has spoken at CONvergence in Bloomington, Minnesota, and SXSW in Austin Texas on topics including voice acting, sound design, and making the jump from film to podcast fiction. His audio fiction pieces 1918, Intensive Care and A Prophets Guide have won Mark Time and Ogle Awards. In addition to the annual 11th Hour Challenge, his current podcast projects include sound design for The Once and Future Nerd and editing for The Activist Files for the Center for Constitutional Rights. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The Language of Audio
  • Spiderman vs Draco The Dragon
  • Joining the military
  • Soul-Sucking Jobs
  • Audio Drama
  • Field Recording
  • Podcasts
  • Stealth Recording
  • The Buffalo Border Patrol

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #275 with Carlos Novais

WCA #275 with Carlos Novais – Life on the road, Brazil, Organization, Multi-Tasking and the loss of gigs due to Coronavirus.

Carlos Novais is a sound engineer, tour manager, and production manager. He was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil and came to the United States in 1999.

He has worked with Candlebox, The Plain White T’s, Vonda Shepard, Survivor, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird, Sugarland, Keb’ Mo’, Thin Lizzy, The Answer, Ace Frehley, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, among others.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up in Brazil
  • Moving to America
  • Life on the road
  • Working long hours
  • Multitasking
  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Being Organized
  • Corona’s virus and the loss of gigs.

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #274 with Katie McMurran

WCA #274 with Katie McMurran – NPR, KQED, Podcasts, Interviewing for Audio Gigs, Codecs, and Staying Calm Under Pressure.

Katie McMurran is a sound engineer with over 10 years of experience recording, editing, mixing and mastering audio for public radio and podcasts. She has also provided sound design and original music for theater, film, corporate conferences, and art installations. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • NPR
  • KQED
  • Podcasts
  • Interviewing for radio gigs
  • CODECS
  • Staying Calm Under Pressure
  • Rates

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #273 with Maya Finlay

WCA #273 with Maya Finlay – Mentors, Rosanne Cash, Meditation, Finances Being an Introvert and taking City Cabs

Maya Finlay is an audio engineer, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in San Francisco, CA.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • SFJAZZ
  • Mentors
  • VO Work
  • Live Sound
  • Dolby Labs
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Being an Introvert
  • Meditation
  • Finances
  • City Cabs
  • Passion for Music
  • Client Diplomacy

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #272 with Alberto Hernandez

WCA #272 with Alberto Hernandez – Fantasy Studios, Planning for Sessions, Health Insurance, Multi-Lingual advantage, and Serving the Clients.

Alberto Hernandez is a San Francisco Bay Area-based audio engineer, music mixer, and music producer. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Fantasy Studios
  • Languages
  • Health Insurance
  • Planning for Sessions
  • Budget Rejection
  • Serving the Clients
  • Mistakes
  • Business advice
  • Worth to your Work
  • Retirement

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #271 with Dusty Wakeman

WCA #271 with Dusty Wakeman – Texas Roots, Mad Dog Studios, Hard Drives & Hammers, David Royer, and Mojave Audio

Dusty Wakeman is a bass player, producer, engineer and currently the President of Mojave Audio.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Mad Dog Studios
  • Texas Roots
  • Playing bass
  • Running a studio
  • Hard Drives and Hammers
  • Mojave Audio
  • David Royer
  • Viral Meningitis
  • Coronavirus
  • Hot Yoga
  • Dwight Yokam

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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