WCA #200 with Tchad Blake – Shooting Armadillos, Motorcycles, Buying ribs for Keith Richards, Surviving Cancer and yes…… the Sans Amp.
When I asked Tchad if he had an official bio he said…”Probably, It’s just not written down. ” 🙂
Tchad has worked with many artists including Arctic Monkeys, State Radio, Apartment 26, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Richard Thompson, Brazilian Girls, Gerard Way, Sheryl Crow, November 2nd, T-Bone Burnett, Travis, Marike Jager, Crowded House, Finn Brothers, Liam Finn, The Pretenders, Bernard Fanning, Los Lobos, The Bad Plus, Sam Phillips, Suzanne Vega, The Bangles, Stina Nordenstam, Phish, Bonnie Raitt, Lisa Germano, Fishbone, Al Green, Tracy Chapman, Phantom Planet, Gomez, The Dandy Warhols, American Music Club, Jed Davis, Blitzen Trapper, Cibo Matto, Haley Bonar, David Rhodes, The Black Keys, U2, Nico Vega, Halloween, Alaska, Cheese People, Kula Shaker and Soul Coughing, Delta Spirit, The Sheepdogs, Clarance Bucaro, Charlie Mars, The Van Jets, Indy Grotto, RZA, Nive Nielsen, Mutemath, Max Gomez, Living In Question, Justin Townes Earle, Luella And The Suns, Aṣa, Nina Violet, Tracy Bonham, Little Fish, Blackroc, Gary Myrick and The Figures, among others.
Tchad has a long running partnership with producer Mitchell Froom, and the two formed Latin Playboys with David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of Los Lobos. Tchad of course is known for his unconventional recording and mixing technics and his use of binaural recording. He has won a number of Grammy Awards, beginning with a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for Sheryl Crow’s The Globe Sessions (1998). He won another Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Suzanne Vega’s Beauty & Crime (2007). Blake won two Grammys for his work with The Black Keys on 2010’s Brothers.
About this Interview:
Tchad joins me to talk about his journey starting in Baytown, Texas shooting Armadillos and riding motorcycles, to Los Angeles buying ribs for Keith Richards while working at Wally Heider’s studio. We also cover his work with Mitchell Froom, surviving cancer and yes……a little discussion of mechanical filters and the Sans Amp.
Enjoy! – Matt