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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

WCA #270 with Dereck Blackburn

WCA #270 with Dereck Blackburn – Studio Building, Dual Electrical Systems, Mini Splits, Community Participation, Mastermind Groups, and Meditation.

Dereck Blackburn is a consultant, recording engineer/producer, and multi-instrumentalist in Bedford, Massachusetts. You can read more about Dereck at http://quiethouserecording.com/ .

In this episode, we discuss:

  • MIT
  • Audio Builders Workshop
  • Building Quiethouse Recording
  • Not working too many hours
  • Productivity Tools
  • Dual Electrical Systems
  • Energy Bills
  • Mini Splits
  • Community Participation
  • Mastermind Groups
  • Meditation

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #269 with Lij Shaw

WCA #269 with Lij Shaw – Saving Home Studios, Podcasts, Creating Paid Content, Nashville Growth and, The Hay Bale Studio.

Lij Shaw is the host of the podcast Recording Studio Rockstars, producer/engineer and the force behind Save Home Studios.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Saving Home Studios
  • Podcasts
  • Creating Paid Content
  • Nashville Growth
  • The Hay Bale Studio. 

Links and Show Notes:

Important dates regarding the Save Home Studios campaign.

February 23, 6-11 pm – Save Home Studios Songs That Wouldn’t Exist Without Home Studios public awareness show at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge with Grammy-winning artist Mike Farris, Tommy Womack, and others.

February 27, 4 pm – Metro Planning Commission meeting and public hearing regarding the new bill. The commission will hear from the public about their thoughts.

March 5, 6:30 pm – Metro Council Meeting and public hearing for the second reading of the new bill. This is the time for people to get up and speak or simply show up in support. So they will need to know about the issue and important dates well in advance.

Credits:

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

WCA #268 with Frank Joly

WCA #268 with Frank Joly – Live Sound, Simple Plan, Family Grocery, Learning English and Government Funded Recording.

Frank Joly is a live and studio engineer from Canada.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Touring
  • Live Sound
  • Simple Plan
  • Songs
  • Government Funded Recording
  • Learning English
  • Selling Gear to Retire
  • Bob Rock
  • Family Grocery Store

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #267 with Stephen Marsh

WCA #267 with Stephen Marsh – Goat piss to gasoline, Curveballs, Framing, Fuzzy math, Communication, and 911.

Stephen Marsh is a Los Angeles based mastering engineer who has been active for 25 years. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Stephen’s journey as a mastering engineer
  • Home studios
  • Knowing your value
  • Financial philosophy
  • Providing maximum value
  • Discussing money with clients

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #266 with NAMM 2020

WCA #266 with NAMM 2020 – Loads of gear, tired feet, great friends, Emily Dolan Davies, Kim Rosen, and Pete Lyman.

NAMM 2020 took place over January 16th-19th. The show was well attended and I had loads of fun. In this episode, I’m joined by mastering engineer Kim Rosen of Knack Mastering, drummer Emily Dolan Davies of emilydrums.com as well as mastering engineer Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Sound. Short interviews talking about NAMM and a NAMM wrap up by me! Enjoy, Matt.

In this episode, we discuss:

All things NAMM 2020!

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guest: Kim Rosen, Emily Dolan Davies and Pete Lyman
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #265 with Alex Oana

WCA #265 with Alex Oana – Science Experiments, Imposter Syndrome, Spinach, Exercise, Motivation, Failure, and Audio Test Kitchen.

Alex Oana, is the creator and co-founder of Audio Test Kitchen. Alex started out as a musician, became a recording engineer and producer, got into pro audio sales and marketing, and designs and develops products.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Science Experiments
  • Spinach
  • Exercise
  • Motivation
  • Failure
  • Audio Test Kitchen

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #264 with Justin Perkins

WCA #264 with Justin Perkins – Diversification, Diet, Commercial Space Benefits, Keeping Clients Happy, Teaching Audio, Disengaging from Audio Forums, and Mastering Therapy.

Justin Perkins is a mastering engineer located in Milwaukie, Wisconsin.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Diversification
  • Diet
  • One gig leading to another
  • Commercial space benefits
  • Keeping Clients Happy
  • Teaching Audio
  • Disengaging from Audio Forums

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #263 with Jacob Sciba

WCA #263 with Jacob Sciba – 99 Cent Pizzas, The IRS, Mailbox Money, Game Planning, and Fear of an Empty Calendar.

Jacob Sciba is a producer/engineer/mixer based out of Austin, Texas. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Music Store Influence
  • Microphone Obsession
  • 99 Cent Pizzas
  • Studying Business
  • Low Overhead
  • The IRS
  • Fear of an Empty Calendar
  • Game Planning
  • Pre Production of life
  • Mailbox Money

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #262 with Jordan Richter

WCA #262 with Jordan Richter – Going Broke, Burning Out, Keeping Audio Fresh, and Moving into Coding.

Jordan Richter is a producer/engineer who, after 25 years of making records, has decided to move full time into coding. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Nashville
  • Portland
  • Burnout
  • Recording for joy
  • Scarcity
  • Being a business person
  • Going broke
  • Jackpot Studios
  • Keep audio fresh
  • Identity

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #261 with Dave Gardner

WCA #261 with Dave Gardner – College Radio, Critical Thinking, Diversity, Power Dynamics, Communication, Compromise, and Context.

Dave Gardner grew up in Pittsburgh, became an adult in Minneapolis, and lives in Northeast Los Angeles. He is the Chief Mastering Engineer at Infrasonic Los Angeles and a long time fan of loud sounds. His mastering and producing credits include Sun Ra, Rocket From the Crypt, Les Paul, Louis Armstrong, Germs, Portugal. The Man, Earl Hines, Bassnectar, The Hold Steady, Black Lips, Trampled by Turtles, Hot Snakes and many others.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Urban planning
  • College Radio
  • Gear Lust
  • Diminishing Friction
  • Diversity
  • Power Dynamics
  • Communication, compromise and context.

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #260 with Ben Bernstein

WCA #260 with Ben Bernstein – Being a guide, Low friction, Planning, Getting credit, and Being a team player.

Ben Bernstein is a producer, engineer, and mixer based out of Oakland, California. This is Ben’s second appearance since first appearing on WCA #055 ( https://bit.ly/2E2ND0o ). More on Ben : https://www.benbernsteinmusic.com/

In this episode we discuss:

  • Live sound
  • Diversification
  • Getting credit
  • The role of social media
  • Saying yes
  • Being prepared
  • Live streaming
  • Being a team player
  • Planning
  • The Profitable Producer Course
  • Low friction
  • Being a guide

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #259 with Lenise Bent

WCA #259 with Lenise Bent – The smell of tubes, Leon Russel’s studio, Roger Nichols, Mike Chapman, Cancer, Networking and Diversification

Lenise Bent is an American audio engineer who has worked in both the music and film industry. She was one of a handful of women working in the Hollywood recording studio business in a technical role during the 1970s and was the first woman to receive an RIAA Platinum album for her engineering of AutoAmerican by Blondie.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The smell of tubes
  • Leon Russel’s studio
  • Surviving as an assistant
  • Working with Mike Chapman
  • Working with Roger Nichols
  • Cancer
  • Working in post-production
  • Networking
  • Diversification

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #258 with Jason Livermore

WCA #258 with Jason Livermore – Selling Beer, Studio Ownership, Production Details, Cross Fit, and Thousand Dollar Vape Machines.

Jason Livermore is a producer/engineer/drummer and co-owner of the Blasting Room Studios located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

For more info on Jason visit: https://theblastingroom.com/

In this episode we discuss:

  • Selling Beer
  • Fort Collins
  • Studio Ownership
  • Partnerships
  • Gear Debt
  • Mentors
  • Production Details
  • Points
  • Cross Fit
  • Legalized marijuana
  • 25 Years of Business

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #257 with Music Expo

WCA #257 with Music Expo – Warren Huart, Lenise Bent, Michael James, Starita, Emiliano Caballero

Music Expo San Francisco 2019 took place at the SAE Institute in Emeryville, California on November 9th and 10th. It featured a wide array of panels and discussions. The Producers and Engineers panel was the Keynote panel held on the 10th. Enjoy. -Matt

For more info on Music Expo: https://musicexpo.co/

In this episode we discuss:

  • Producing
  • Points
  • Survival
  • Mental Health
  • Success
  • Building a career
  • Thinking Globally
  • Persistance

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

  • Guests: Warren Huart, Lenise Bent, Michael James, Starita, Emiliano Caballero
  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab

WCA #256 with Scott Evans

WCA #256 with Scott Evans – Quitting his day job, Drug money, Wrestling mixes, Imposter syndrome and being financially conservative.

Scott Evans is an engineer and mixer based in Oakland, California. This is Scott’s second appearance on WCA. His first appearance was Episode #010 in 2015. We met at his studio for a great discussion and follow up to our first interview.

For more info on Scott visit: http://antisleep.com/

In this episode we discuss:

  • Quitting his day job
  • Traveling to record
  • Being financially conservative
  • Drug money
  • Electrical Audio
  • Mastering Diagnosis
  • Winning A potty
  • Wrestling Mixes
  • Imposter Syndrome

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #255 with Steven Gillis

WCA #255 with Steven Gillis – Chicago winters, studio partnerships, Chuck Berry, HVAC systems, SSL myths, and the last studio he’ll ever build.

Steven Gillis is a drummer producer/engineer and mixer working out of Transient Sound, his studio in Chicago that he shares with studio partner Vijay Tellis-Nayak.

For more info on Steven visit: https://www.transientsound.com/

In this episode we discuss:

  • Chicago Winters
  • Studio Partnerships
  • Chuck Berry
  • HVAC Systems
  • SSL Myths
  • The last studio he’ll ever build

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #254 with Jonah Strauss

WCA #254 with Jonah Strauss – DIY Attitude, The Aftermath of Fires, Advocacy, Dealing with Debt, The Dynamics of East Oakland and Serving his community.

Jonah Strauss made his first appearance on WCA #016. Since then he’s been through some experiences that have changed his perspective and outlook. He’s back with a new studio, new approach and primed to serve a community dear to his heart.

For more info on Jonah visit: http://www.survivorsound.com/

In this episode we discuss:

  • DIY attitude
  • The Aftermath of Fires
  • Advocacy
  • The Dynamics of East Oakland
  • Serving his community
  • Dealing with Debt

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #253 with Mary Mazurek

WCA #253 with Mary Mazurek – Recording live, Knowing your worth, Complicated gigs & Parents with multiple fridge/freezers.

Mary Mazurek is a Grammy-nominated recording engineer, artist, educator, speaker, and consultant. She currently works as a producer/engineer at WFMT in Chicago, teaches as an Adjunct professor at DePaul University as well as an instructor at Columbia College and Illinois Institute of Art.

For more info on Mary visit: https://www.marymazurek.com/

In this episode we discuss:

  • Recording live broadcasts
  • Studying under Murray Allen
  • Blatant sexism
  • Knowing your worth
  • Parents with multiple fridge/freezers
  • Chicago winters
  • Mental health & stress
  • Planning for complicated gigs

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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

WCA #252 with Dave Hillis

WCA #252 with Dave Hillis – Metal beginnings, Record Store education, Pearl Jam, Rick Parashar, traditional record-making, and committing.

Dave Hillis has spent large amounts of time on both sides of the glass as a guitarist, producer, engineer, mixer and writer. He worked alongside famed producer Rick Parasher for several years in Seattle and was the engineer on Pearl Jam’s breakthrough album “10”.

For more info on Dave visit: https://davehillismusic.com/

In this episode we discuss:

  • Brooklyn to Seattle
  • Metal beginnings
  • DIY Focus
  • Record store education
  • Rick Parasher
  • Pearl Jam
  • Closing and opening studios
  • Traditional record making
  • Committing tracks
  • Moving back East

Links and Show Notes:

Credits:

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